The Fellows

The Fellows

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    Oscar Agertz

    PhD Stockholm University Natural sciences Year of admission: 2016

    Simulations of how stars’ lives affect galaxies
    The universe contains a multitude of galaxies, everything from small dwarf galaxies to enormous elliptical ones. To understand how ...

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    Daniel Aili

    Associate prof. Linköping University Engineering sciences Year of admission: 2016

    Support for cells that will form new organs
    One dream within medicine is to be able to create new organs from stem cells. Wallenberg Academy Fellow Daniel Aili will develop supporting ...

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    Martin Andersson

    Associate prof. Chalmers University of Technology Engineering sciences Year of admission: 2013

    Artificial bone will provide more natural implants
    Today, implants have a limited life expectancy. After five, ten or maybe 15 years, they must be replaced. If Martin Andersson ...

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    Giulia Andrighetto

    PhD Mälardalen University Social science Year of admission: 2016

    How do social norms form and change?
    Many societies are dominated by norms that are, in the long run, harmful to their members. These norms include cheating on taxes, paying bribes, and ...

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    Alexandre Antonelli

    Professor University of Gothenburg Natural sciences Year of admission: 2014

    How does biodiversity respond to climate change?
    How will climate change influence the planet’s biodiversity? This is a question that Alexandre Antonelli, wants to answer as a ...

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    Per Axelsson

    Associate prof. Umeå University Humanities Year of admission: 2012

    Why do some indigenous peoples fare better under colonizers than others? Per Axelsson proposes to find out, by looking at the forces that have shaped indigenous people’s health and well-being over the past ...

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    Shervin Bagheri

    PhD KTH Royal Institute of Technology Engineering sciences Year of admission: 2016

    Shark skin and seal fur inspire energy-efficient surfaces
    Almost 10 percent of the world’s energy consumption goes into overcoming air and water flow resistance. Wallenberg Academy ...

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    Laura Baranello

    Dr Karolinska Institutet Medicine Year of admission: 2016

    Developing gentler cancer treatments
    Pharmaceuticals that inhibit enzymes called topoisomerases are effective at killing many types of cancer cells. Unfortunately, the body’s healthy ...

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    Emil Bergholtz

    PhD Stockholm University Natural sciences Year of admission: 2015

    Mathematics that may lead the way to quantum computers
    If researchers succeed in building quantum computers, today’s computers will appear as hopelessly old fashioned as typewriters ...

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    Olaf Bergmann

    PhD Karolinska Institutet Medicine Year of admission: 2016

    A damaged heart will be helped to heal
    Our hearts form new, healthy cells throughout our lives. Olaf Bergmann will learn more about this process and investigate whether it is possible ...

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    Robert Berman

    Professor Chalmers University of Technology Natural sciences Year of admission: 2012

    Mathematics that describes the universe's geometric structure
    Robert Berman is attracted to the geometric aspects of mathematics, and talks about mathematics in terms of adventure, flow and ...

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    Agnese Bissi

    PhD Uppsala University Natural sciences Year of admission: 2016

    Will investigate theories that describe the smallest particles
    Quantum field theories combine Einstein’s special theory of relativity with quantum mechanics. They are used to describe ...

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    Charlotte Platzer Björkman

    Associate prof. Uppsala University Engineering sciences Year of admission: 2012

    She develops cheaper and more environmentally friendly solar cells
    In countries like Germany and Italy, 5 percent of all electricity already comes from solar cells. But for an even broader ...

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    Niklas Björkström

    PhD Karolinska Institutet Medicine Year of admission: 2016

    The liver’s natural killer cells – how do they work?
    Natural killer cells are an important element in the body’s protection against viruses and cancer cells. However, if these ...

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    Annica Black-Schaffer

    Associate prof. Uppsala University Natural sciences Year of admission: 2014

    Robust materials for the quantum computers of the future
    If quantum computers are realized, today’s supercomputers will seem as slow as snails. Annica Black-Schaffer, Associate ...

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    David Black-Schaffer

    Associate prof. Uppsala University Engineering sciences Year of admission: 2015

    Computers will have a more rational memory
    The development of faster computers is currently limited by power consumption, with the memory system responsible for half the overall ...

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    Jutta Bolt

    PhD Lund University Social science Year of admission: 2016

    How has the size of Africa’s population changed?
    According to some estimates, Africa’s population will quadruple within 50-85 years. However, these predictions are only based on ...

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    Petter Brändén

    PhD KTH Royal Institute of Technology Natural sciences Year of admission: 2013

    The zeroes that have solved many problems
    Polynomials have been central to mathematics since the days of antiquity. Petter Brändén has developed a new theory for understanding the relationship ...

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    Yenan Bryceson

    Dr Karolinska Institutet Medicine Year of admission: 2014

    Mapping immune cells for better treatment methods
    When genetic defects sideline cells of the immune system, serious and often deadly diseases may result. As a Wallenberg Academy ...

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    Björn Burmann

    PhD University of Gothenburg Natural sciences Year of admission: 2016

    Wants to understand how cells repair sun-damaged DNA
    When our DNA is damaged by the rays of the sun, it is mended by a molecular repair machinery. Wallenberg Academy Fellow Björn ...

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    Marie Carlén

    PhD Karolinska Institutet Medicine Year of admission: 2012

    If researchers could detect the brain patterns that indicate the onset of a mental disorder, they might be able to find ways to prevent or treat such diseases in advance. Marie Carlén uses state-of-the-art ...

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    Felipe Cava

    PhD Umeå University Medicine Year of admission: 2012

    For protection from the environment, bacteria have tough walls. Felipe Cava will map how different strains construct their walls. The knowledge can be used for future development of antibiotics.

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    Jan Conrad

    Professor Stockholm University Natural sciences Year of admission: 2012

    On the front line for research on dark matter
    What dark matter consists of is one of the major unsolved problems of physics. Today, researchers believe that they are on the verge of a ...

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    Charlie Cornwallis

    PhD University of Oxford, Lund University Natural sciences Year of admission: 2013

    Why do we form societies?
    Evolutionary theory has a hard time explaining the development of societies where individuals sacrifice themselves for the good of others. Charlie Cornwallis will ...

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    Andreas Dahlin

    Associate prof. Chalmers University of Technology Natural sciences Year of admission: 2015

    Smart filter that can isolate molecules
    Sorting molecules has long been important in chemistry; when researchers synthesize chemical substances these always need to be purified from ...

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    Sebastian Deindl

    Dr Uppsala University Natural sciences Year of admission: 2014

    Visualizing the motions of individual protein machines at work in real-time
    Understanding the molecular mechanisms of protein machines that interact with our genetic information is ...

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    Dimos Dimarogonas

    Associate prof. KTH Royal Institute of Technology Engineering sciences Year of admission: 2015

    Will teach robots to be flexible and cooperative partners
    Contemporary robots or machines are often programmed to perform a set task. As a Wallenberg Academy Fellow, Dimos Dimarogonas ...

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    Georgios Dimitroglou Rizell

    PhD Uppsala University Natural sciences Year of admission: 2016

    Will build upon modern geometric theory
    Symplectic geometry is used in the formulation of both classical mechanics and quantum mechanics. It is also important for string ...

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    Erik Domellöf

    Associate prof. Umeå University Social science Year of admission: 2015

    How do children develop the ability to plan their movements?
    Being able to control their arms and hands in a planned manner is fundamental to children’s lives, such as when they play ...

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    Ellen Dorrepaal

    PhD Umeå University Natural sciences Year of admission: 2012

    As Earth’s climate changes, the frozen soils at the planet’s poles have started to thaw – threatening to release the massive amount of carbon stored inside this melting permafrost. Ellen Dorrepaal wants to ...

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    Anna Dreber Almenberg

    PhD Stockholm School of Economics Social science Year of admission: 2013

    Do sex hormones impact our economic decisions?
    Anna Dreber Almenberg will conduct a series of experiments where she will investigate how various sex hormones affect decision-making. Can they ...

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    David Drew

    PhD Stockholm University Natural sciences Year of admission: 2012

    In order to retrieve sugar from blood, the body’s cells have special receivers on their surfaces for glucose that transports the sugar into the cell. David Drew wants to understand this essential process ...

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    Per Eklund

    Associate prof. Linköping University Engineering sciences Year of admission: 2015

    Materials that can generate electricity from heat
    Computers, engines and fridges constantly leak energy in the form of heat. This heat is difficult to use and is thus wasted. As a ...

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    Johan Elf

    Professor Uppsala University Natural sciences Year of admission: 2012

    Multidisciplinary research into life at the molecular level
    Along with his research group, Professor Johan Elf is seeking a fundamental understanding of how the physics inside living cells is ...

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    Kerstin Enflo

    Associate prof. Lund University Social science Year of admission: 2014

    How did the Nordic economy become so strong?
    Before industrialization, the Nordic countries were on the poor edges of Europe, but the region is now the world’s tenth strongest ...

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    David Engblom

    Associate prof. Linköping University Medicine Year of admission: 2012

    Mapping the neurobiology behind feelings of unease
    In diseases such as rheumatism, tuberculosis and AIDS, the body is inflamed. The signal molecules of the immune system also affect the brain ...

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    Axel Englund

    PhD Södertörns University Humanities Year of admission: 2013

    What role does music play in modernist poetry?
    Music had an important role as a metaphor in the poetry of the modernist movement. Axel Englund will explore how modernist contemporaries ...

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    Paul Erhart

    Dr Chalmers University of Technology Engineering sciences Year of admission: 2014

    Material for the future’s energy-optimized technology
    Much of the technologies in our homes contain materials that conduct power and heat. As a Wallenberg Academy Fellow, Paul Erhart ...

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    Fataneh Farahani

    Associate prof. Stockholm University Humanities Year of admission: 2015

    What are the conditions of hospitality?
    The refugee crisis is one of the most significant civil rights issues of our time. Wallenberg Academy Fellow Fataneh Farahani will compare the ...

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    John L. Fitzpatrick

    PhD Stockholm University Natural sciences Year of admission: 2016

    Are animals’ sexual traits governed by how they reproduce?
    Why haven’t mammals developed the same beautiful colours as birds – even though mammals also need to attract a partner in ...

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    Aleksandra Foltynowicz-Matyba

    PhD Umeå University Natural sciences Year of admission: 2015

    More efficient laser-based gas detector
    Laser light can be used to measure the level of a particular gas in the atmosphere, for example, but existing technology is limited to one or ...

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    Rachel Foster

    PhD Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology Natural sciences Year of admission: 2013

    A symbiotic relationship in the oceans
    The majority of algae living in the oceans consist of diatoms. They thrive and can “bloom” thanks to cyanobacteria that help them to capture nitrogen from ...

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    Helen Frowe

    PhD Stockholm University Humanities Year of admission: 2012

    She is starting Sweden’s first research center for war ethics
    The traditional view of ethics in war was worked out as early as the Middle Ages. Legitimate wars are only conducted between ...

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    Christian Göritz

    PhD Karolinska Institutet Medicine Year of admission: 2013

    Spinal-cord injury scars block nerve repair
    When nerve cells in the brain or the spinal cord are damaged, one can permanent loose body functions. One reason is that scar tissue forms, which ...

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    Pontus Gourdon

    PhD Lund University Medicine Year of admission: 2015

    How cells sense pain and transport copper
    Proteins that sense pain, heat and various flavors, among other things, are found on the surface of cells and Pontus Gourdon will produce ...

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    Angus Graham

    PhD University College London Humanities Year of admission: 2013

    Reconstruction of the Egyptians' ancient canal system
    In Egyptian tombs, there are scenes showing temples with large harbours / ceremonial lakes in front them, which were connected to the Nile ...

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    Gustaf Gredebäck

    Professor Uppsala University Social science Year of admission: 2012

    Adult intelligence is already formed in the crib
    As an adult, one hardly remembers the first cautious contacts with the surroundings in infancy. But even if the memories are missing, it is as ...

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    Sarah Greenwood

    PhD Stockholm University Natural sciences Year of admission: 2016

    How does a warmer climate affect marine ice sheets?
    Wallenberg Academy Fellow Sarah Greenwood will study how ice sheets that flow into the sea are affected by the surrounding ...

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    Monica Guica

    PhD Uppsala University Natural sciences Year of admission: 2015

    Holograms in the sky
    Black holes are some of the most fascinating objects we observe in the sky. However, at a deep theoretical level, what they tell us is that the two theories we ...

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    Matthew Hayes

    Dr Stockholm University Natural sciences Year of admission: 2014

    How did galaxies and stars form in the universe’s youth?
    Galaxies have created new stars from gas throughout almost the entire history of the universe, but the processes differ at ...

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