Alumna Sapna Sinha (2016) has joined the new cohort of Schmidt Science Fellows 2021. Each year, a small group of extraordinary researchers from around the world are awarded the prestigious STEM postdoctoral fellowship.

While at Linacre, Sapna was the recipient of the Women in Science scholarship from 2017 to 2019. This scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis to an outstanding female scientist who has gained a place at Oxford to study for a DPhil.

She is currently working as a consultant at Decorte Future Industries in Cambridge.

From the official announcement

Sapna has been studying graphene during her PhD and specifically working to overcome its limitations for use in electronics by integrating it into other systems. As a Schmidt Science Fellow, Sapna plans to combine nanoscience and neuroscience to develop new devices to image complex nerve systems during surgery. She hopes her work will help to protect millions of people from nerve injury during surgery, drastically improving patient outcomes.

About the Schmidt Science Fellowship 

The Schmidt Science Fellows, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust, seek to create a new generation of scientific leaders. Our vision is to give the world’s best aspiring scientific minds a broader perspective, the ability to engage in an interdisciplinary way, and the opportunity to make a lasting impact on society. Through a combination of workshops at some of the world’s leading universities, individualized mentoring, and a special postdoctoral study in a field different from one’s existing expertise, Fellows are given the tools necessary to solve the world’s most pressing problems and advance scientific discovery. 

The 2021 Fellows will each undertake an interdisciplinary pivot in their research, focusing on areas such as preventing future pandemics, creating sustainable energy systems, improving water and food security, developing more personalized and equitable healthcare, and understanding and mitigating the climate crisis.