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Dr Sonja Dunbar 

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Plant Sciences

Fellow Type

Lecturers, Professors and College Officers,

Sonja studied for a BA in Natural Sciences at Downing College, Cambridge, graduating in 2010 with a specialism in Plant Sciences. Following an MRes in Biochemical Research at Imperial College London, Sonja returned to Cambridge to undertake a PhD in the Department of Pharmacology under the supervision of Dr. Laura Itzhaki. Her PhD investigated the intrinsically disordered protein binding partners of beta-catenin using biophysical methods.

Returning to her plant science roots, Sonja has taught Part IB Plant and Microbial Sciences since her return to Cambridge in 2012 and also contributes to Part IA Biology teaching for Churchill College. She now works in the Department of Plant Sciences creating and delivering teaching resources, for which she was awarded a Pilkington Prize in 2019. When not in the lab or teaching, Sonja enjoys boardgames, gardening and science outreach.

College Positions

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

01 October 2018 – Present

College Lecturer in Natural Sciences

01 October 2018 – Present

Director of Studies - Natural Sciences Part III

01 October 2018 – 30 September 2019

Teaching By-Fellow

01 October 2016 – 30 September 2018