Director & Faculty

Our academic faculty is specially chosen among teachers and researchers in some of the world’s leading universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, University College London, London School of Economics, Yale, Harvard, Columbia, New York University, Berkeley, the Sorbonne, Universitat de Barcelona, Universidad de Salamanca, and Pompeu Fabra. In 2015 our teaching staff in Oxford and Cambridge alone consisted of more than 28 Rhodes, Gates, Marshall, and Fulbright Scholars, making Oxbridge one of the biggest employers of Rhodes Scholars in the world. 

Our creative and workshop courses, meanwhile, are taught by fully-fledged professionals – acclaimed writers and poets, filmmakers, photographers, and actors – all selected for their talent, their varied experiences in their disciplines, their enthusiasm, and above all their ability to inspire our students.

Led by these outstanding individuals, whose work is thoroughly evaluated after every summer, and operating in small, seminar-style classes, our courses immerse students in subjects about which they are passionate while helping them uncover the spectacular sites and cultures in which they are living.


The Cambridge Prep Experience Director

Director, Douglas Peterson:  

After 4 summers as a dean on the program, Doug is excited to assume the role of director of the Cambridge Prep Experience this summer.  Doug has spent the past two years teaching at the Carlucci American International School of Lisbon and will be heading to Denver, Colorado in August to teach at the Evergreen Country Day School.  He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the University of Louisville.  Doug loves to travel, is an avid cyclist, and is looking forward to another great Oxbridge summer.


The Cambridge Prep Experience Faculty


Francesse Joy Cordon

JD University of the Philippines, MPhil University of Cambridge

Francesse is an environmental and child’s rights lawyer. In addition to her own studies in environmental policy at the University of Cambridge, Francesse served as an Associate Fellow at the Cambridge Center for International Sustainable Development Law, where she was charged with the publication of several law journals and conferences. Francesse has served as a consultant and lawyer at the Asian Development Bank, where she handled projects on environmental justice, wildlife crime, and natural resources. She is a member of the Philippine Bar.

Dr. Angel Garcia

BS Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, MPhil, PhD University of Cambridge

Dr. Garcia holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Today he works as an engineer with a specialization in nanotechnology. He has held a number of major research appointments, including at the Los Alamos National Research Laboratory in the United States where he worked on carbon nanotube characterization. For many years he has supervised undergraduate and graduate students in engineering. He is active in the technology startup community in Cambridge, which is commonly known as the Silicon Fen.

Ross Hendy

BA Victoria University of Wellington, MA Victoria University of Wellington

Ross is conducting doctoral research at the University of Cambridge with a prestigious Wakefield Scholarship. He is based at the Cambridge Institute of Criminology, where he is researching conflict-resolution techniques used by unarmed police officers in England, Norway, and New Zealand. Ross is also active as a pedagogue, and supervises Criminology students at the University. Before entering academia he worked as a police constable for several years in Wellington, New Zealand.

Sarah Holden-Boyd

BA Durham University, MA King’s College London, MA Drama Centre London, MA Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Sarah is a Lecturer in Voice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She also holds visiting positions across the U.K. at institutions including Manchester School of Theater, The Hampstead Academy of Acting and Drama, and the Identity Drama School. She trained as an actor at the Drama Center London and the Vakhtangov Theatre Academy in Moscow. Sarah is also active in the academic sphere, and holds a master's degree in Shakespeare Studies from King's College London.

Dr. Nicholas Horrocks

BSc University of Bristol, MSc University of Oxford, PhD University of Groningen

Dr. Horrocks is a Marie Curie Intra-European Research Fellow in Zoology at the University of Cambridge. His research investigates the causes and consequences of variation in immune defenses. He is particularly interested in trying to relate variation in immunity to differences in disease pressures between environments. Dr. Horrocks has reviewed manuscripts for prestigious scholarly journals including "Functional Ecology," "Journal of Animal Ecology," and "Proceedings of the Royal Society B."


BArch Pune University, SMArchS Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Aftab is a doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge. He holds a coveted Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship and is based in the Department of Architecture. He has special expertise on Nari Gandhi’s stunning craft-led, anti-industrial aesthetic. His cutting-edge work is often presented through a unique blend of cinema and scholarly writing. Aftab is also an active industry figure. He has represented the Aga Khan Trust for Culture at public events across India, and had the rare distinction of leading the Canadian Prime Minister and several other dignitaries during their visit to Humayun’s Tomb in 2012.

Dr. Eyemen Kheir

BSc, MSc University of Leicester, PhD University of Cambridge

Dr. Kheir is a specialist in the replication of chromosomal DNA in proliferating human somatic cells. He holds a doctorate in Molecular Cell Biology at from the University of Cambridge, where he studied at Darwin College. His early research focused on Cancer Cell and Molecular Biology, as well as Medical Genetics. Today Dr. Kheir regularly serves as a demonstrator and supervisor for undergraduates in Molecular Biology at the University.

James Marshall

BCom University of Otago

James is an entrepreneur working at the intersection of cosmetics and sport. He is currently bringing several products for athletes to market. He consults for other start-up firms too, and routinely presents to stakeholders at executive level. In the past James has held a Managing Associateship with the Auriemma Consulting Group; a post in the finance division of Piran Partners; and roles with The Royal Bank of Scotland. He is a Registered Salesperson with the New Zealand Real Estate Agents Authority, and carries a National Certificate in Real Estate from the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.

Dr. Nikolay Murashkin

Nikolay Murashkin (CP) BA St. Petersburg University, MA Institut d'études politiques, Paris, PhD University of Cambridge

Dr. Murashkin is an analyst at Asia Vector, where he specializes in the monitoring and analysis of Japanese and Australian politics and economics. He gained a doctorate from the University of Cambridge, where he was based in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. In the past he has worked as a financial analyst, focusing on the financing of commodity operations in Central Asia and Russia for a London-based bank. Dr. Murashkin is also a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council.

Uzoma Orchingwa

BA Colby College, MPhil University of Cambridge

Uzoma is training at Yale Law School with a view to pursuing a career in constitutional law and criminal justice reform. He gained an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, where he was both a Gates Scholars and a Truman Scholar. He was based in the University's world-renowned Institute of Criminology. In the past he has held a research post in the United States Senate.

Stephanie Payne

BA University of Cambridge

Stephanie is a doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge. She is a specialist in biological anthropology, and is currently working to identify the unique physiological adaptations of high altitude communities. This will enable a better understanding of how to treat low oxygen levels in critically ill patients in intensive care hospital units. Her work is multidisciplinary and spans physiology, molecular biology, anthropology and medicine. Stephanie holds a rare starred first-class undergraduate degree in Natural Science from the University of Cambridge.

Dr. Alice Peasley

MBBS Newcastle University, MRES Newcastle University

Dr. Peasley is currently based in the medical department at Kettering General Hospital. Her research interests focus on acute medicine, emergency medicine, and surgery. During the course of her career she has worked in accident and emergency departments, gastroenterology departments, and colorectal surgery departments.

Dr. Natalie Quinn

MEng University of Manchester, PhD University College London

Dr. Quinn is a structural engineer at Momentum Consulting Engineers. She is currently working on projects to assess the seismic performance of historic buildings in Peru, and to recommend appropriate strengthening solutions where required. She has carried out extended fieldwork in Peru to gather data on geometry and materials, and has collaborated with many architects and local stakeholders as part of the process. Dr. Quinn gained her PhD in Civil Engineering from University College London. She is a committed teacher and has supervised architecture students up to graduate level. Outside of academia, she has contributed to poverty alleviation and disaster relief projects run by groups like Engineers Without Borders and Pisco Sin Fronteras.

Robert Shesol

BA University of Pennsylvania, BSc Wharton School of Business

Rob is an investment analyst based in Prague. He acts as a principal for an international team of investors establishing a $100-million mezzanine fund focused on Central European real estate. His career began in the Real Estate Group of Salomon Smith Barney's New York Investment Banking Division. There he helped to lead several IPOs, raising over $7.5 billion in the process. Later Rob relocated to Europe to take on senior positions in venture capital. He worked first in Dublin and then in the Czech Republic. Most recently, Rob has consulted with The Gem Group, a London-based private equity fund.

Dr. Valentina Tabbasum

MBBS Universitatea de Medicina si Farmacie din Craiova, MPhil University of Cambridge

Dr. Tabassum works in the University of Cambridge Pharmacology Department, where she holds a prestigious Gates Scholarship. She has already qualified as a medical doctor and is now researching new ways to fight disease. Her particular areas of expertise include cell biology and signalling, and inositol phosphates and lipids. She is currently focusing on the mechanisms involved in Adenylyl Cyclase type VIII trafficking and targeting to cholesterol-rich domains. She also serves as an undergraduate supervisor at the University.

Dr. Rebecca Varley–Winter

BA University of Cambridge, MA King’s College London, PhD University of Cambridge

Dr. Varley-Winter is a lecturer in English Literature at Keble College in the University of Oxford. Her current research focuses on topics including literary fragments and fragmentation, lyric poetry, and war literature; and writers such as Emily Dickinson, Mina Loy, and Stevie Smith. She is also active as a poet. Her work has appeared in "Obsessed with Pipework," "Gadabout," "Varsity," and "Pomegranate." She was awarded the Brewer Hall Poetry Prize in 2013. Outside of academia, Dr. Varley-Winter has worked as an Editorial Assistant at the Natural History Museum in London.

Dr. David Vesely

BS Creighton University, MD, PhD University of Arizona

Dr. Vesely is Professor of Medicine, Molecular Pharmacology, and Physiology at the University of South Florida Medical School in Tampa. He is the author of 328 peer-reviewed scientific publications and three books. Dr. Vesely discovered three hormones made by the heart which, in healthy individuals, help control blood pressure and sodium and water metabolism. He is a decorated scientist and has been awarded the Service to America Career Achievement Medal for the most significant research over a 25-year period. He has also simultaneously been the Chief of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at the Tampa Veterans' Administration (VA) hospital.

Justin Yang

BA, BSc University of British Columbia, MPH, CHFM, CPHI Johns Hopkins University

Justin is conducting doctoral research at the University of Cambridge. He is based in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care. His current project draws on epidemiology, econometrics, and applied policy analysis to interrogate government responses to macroeconomic shocks in European countries and their impact on population health. Prior to taking up his current position, he worked as a Senior Associate for Avalere Health. In this role he helped Fortune 500 life science companies and charitable foundations solve coverage, coding, payment, and patient access problems.