Past (2020-21)


Ashwin Venkatesh ([email protected])

Ashwin is a final year medical student interested in pursuing academic-clinical neurosciences with a global health perspective. He has completed lab-based research projects in Stockholm, Shanghai and Cambridge, and is involved in clinical projects in the disciplines of ophthalmology, neurosurgery and plastic surgery. He is passionate about medical education and encouraging student access and involvement in research. Outside of medicine, he enjoys cricket, hiking, and photography.

Chen Zhang

I am a 5th year medical student with an interest in Haematology and Paediatrics. I have previously worked on systematic reviews, service evaluations and case reports. I hope to encourage more students to get involved in medical research by increasing the accessibility of research opportunities.

Conference coordinator

James Zhang ([email protected])

Hello there! My name is James, I am a 4th year medical student at Jesus college. I am very passionate about all areas of clinical research, with particular interest in orthopaedics and neurosurgery. I have worked on various research papers in the past year. Last year, I obtained a management studies degree from the Cambridge Judge Business School for my intercalation year. I have always enjoyed organising events, from talks to team barbecues. In my spare time, I play American football, and have been the starting Center for the University team for the past 3 years. I am also a big fan of Star Wars. Please contact me for any questions in general or regarding our INSPIRE conference.


Aaron Goldberg

I’m a 5th year Pembroke medic with a particular interest in ophthalmology, being involved in projects ranging from systematic reviews to clinical research in this field. I enjoy filling my free time playing tennis and tooting my saxophone so as secretary I hope to organise talks, tips and advice from doctors at every career stage on how we can all get involved with medical research but still maintain balanced social, healthy and hobby-filled lives!


Havish Samudrala

Havish is a sixth year medical student who has worked on a range of research projects and has presented at many events, including the BES SfE 2019, a national conference for endocrinology. As treasurer, he aims to make clinical research more accessible for Cambridge medical students. He looks forward to helping secure the funding for any ambitious events the society will put on over the following year.

Publicity officer

Helen Lin

Helen is a 4th year medical student who has been involved in a number of research projects. She is especially interested in cardiovascular research and in finding uses for machine learning in clinical research. As publicity officer, she hopes to further promote CUSCRS events and opportunities to students of all years.

General committee members

Jiaqi Li

I am a 4th year student who is passionate about research, with particular interests in oncology and cardiology. I have been on several research attachments including at the Broad Institute, Karolinska Institutet, and at A*STAR Singapore. I am also passionate about Global Health and Student Advocacy. I hope to encourage more medical students to take part in the wonderful opportunities provided by INSPIRE and promote more interest in science and research!

Anamay Shetty

I am a 5th year medical student at Peterhouse. I am interested in statistics in medicine and have done previous summer projects on genetic epidemiology. My hobbies include attempting Passmed questions, ironing shirts and complaining about p-values.

Undergraduate representatives

Neha Ramu

Hi, I’m Neha, a 3rd year medic at Downing, and I’m looking forward to furthering my passion for research and engaging with all the members of CUSCRS this year. Having worked on research projects previously, on topics such as insight in psychosis and the genetic aetiology of Alzheimer’s, I am keen to encourage undergraduates to get involved in research and am always happy to answer any questions they may have!

Vianca Shah

Hello! I’m a 2nd year medic at Robinson College and am looking forward to working with CUCRS! Over my first year summer, I have been involved in and have gained lots of skills from projects – and am hoping to encourage undergraduate students involvement in such research opportunities!

Shiva Nischal ([email protected])

I’m a second year medical student at St Edmund’s College, and have a keen interest in neuroscience, stem cell biology and embryology. Having been involved in research projects both in the summer and as part of previous degree, I am happy to share my experiences and advice regarding undergraduate research. Please feel free to email me if you need any help!

Ananya Arora

I’m Ananya, a 3rd year medic at Selwyn, and I’m really excited to be working with CUCRS this year. After experience working on medical technology, I’m really keen to help others get involved in research and would love to help wherever I can!