James DarbySocial and Dining
Constantin SahmSocial and Dining
Ben MohankumarSocial and Dining
Lindsay BurtonSocial and Dining
Avital RomWelfare and Families
Max BayneWelfare and Diversity
Sipke Ó SeachnasaighEnvironment
My role as President is to lead the SBR Committee and, alongside the vice-Presidents, be the link between graduate students and College. I‘m a member of committees at college and university levels, and also attend College Council. When I’m not being the SBR President, I’m working on a PhD in History. My project examines rituals and religions at sea in the medieval Mediterranean, or, as a Physicist once put it, ‘pirate gods’.
Hello! I’m a PhD student in the Department of Genetics looking at mitochondria and mitochondrial DNA repair. I’m co-Vice President on the SBR committee which means I help out with various aspects of the SBR. I’m very involved in organising the SBR events, so I hope to see you at many!
I’m a second-year PhD student working on medieval Irish literature. As the academic officer, I organise opportunities for academic discussion within the SBR, including the ‘Lightning Talks’ and the annual SBR conference.
Hey, I am Constantin and one of the social officers of the SBR, which involves organising dining swaps with other colleges, SBR parties, and other social events throughout the year. I am a second year PhD student in Chemistry working on materials for artificial photosynthesis. In my free time, I am always keen for a good match of football. Feel free to contact me about any social events or swaps.
I’m currently in the second year of my PhD in Engineering, based in the Whittle Laboratory on the West Cambridge site. My research looks at how we can shape the aerodynamic design of the jet engine to reduce the fuel consumption of future aircraft. Outside of my studies, I enthusiastically, yet not always successfully, play for the SBR football team.
I am a first-year PhD student studying post-humanism and new materialism in texts for children at the Faculty of Education’s Centre for Research on Children’s Literature.
Hello! I am the SBR’s welfare and families officer, which means that if you have something on your mind and are not sure who to talk to, or if you are a parent who needs some tips about stuff to do with the kids in Cambridge and family life in St John’s – I’m your person! I am a fourth year PhD in pre-modern Chinese Studies, writing on music and power in ancient China. Also, I might or might not be the only person in this kingdom who absolutely adores the British weather and is not ashamed to admit it!
I’m a 5th year medical student, so have been at St John’s for 5 years now. I am one of the welfare reps on the committee, so it’s my job to look out for how everyone is doing, and to organise welfare events that hopefully everyone will enjoy.
Hi I’m Nordin, a first year PhD student in Materials Science and Metallurgy. I’m the communication officer for the SBR! My job is to organise the buddy system, send weekly emails about events/updates within St John’s, and run the SBR Instagram. I work closely with the St John’s communication and assist them with the college Instagram page. Follow the Instagram on @samuelsroom!
Sipke Ó Seachnasaigh
As Environmental Officer, I am responsible for the care of Mother Earth. I do so by sending passive aggressive emails about recycling, meeting with college to improve sustainability and holding events about newts. I am a third year PhD student in Geography, which means I’m unusually pessimistic about our imminent, fiery doom. My hobbies consist primarily of preparing for the inevitable apocalypse by learning and practicing primitive farming methods in my back garden, as well as praying to ancient, long-forsaken gods in the hope that they’ll take us back. I also play the banjo.