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Dr Sonja Dunbar

Subject Plant Sciences
Fellow type Lecturers, Professors and College Officers
Year started 2016


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


College Lecturer in Natural Sciences


Director of Studies - Natural Sciences Part III


Teaching By-Fellow