The Fellows

The Fellows

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    Christian Hedberg

    PhD Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology Natural sciences Year of admission: 2013

    More effective drugs against severe infections
    When microorganisms infect the body, a molecular war arises between our cells and the intruders. As a Wallenberg Academy Fellow, Christian Hedberg ...

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    My Hedhammar

    Associate professor Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Engineering sciences Year of admission: 2013

    Future substitute organs will grow on a spider silk
    Biotechnologist My Hedhammar focuses her research on the strongest material in nature: spider silk. She has managed to force bacteria to ...

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    Anna Herland

    PhD Linköping University Engineering sciences Year of admission: 2015

    “Organ-on-a-chip” will imitate human tissue
    When developing new pharmaceuticals it is difficult to predict how a particular substance will affect the human body. To obtain better ...

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    Björn Högberg

    Associate prof. Karolinska Institutet Engineering sciences Year of admission: 2014

    DNA origami – a new tool for understanding cells
    Björn Högberg can control the folding of DNA molecules by programming the genetic code: this is called DNA origami. As a Wallenberg ...

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    Martin Högbom

    Professor Stockholm University Natural sciences Year of admission: 2012

    Basic chemical research on metals and enzymes
    Advanced chemistry, such as in plant photosynthesis, cannot be carried out in a laboratory. This is something that both provokes and inspires ...

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    Linda Holmfeldt

    PhD St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Medicine Year of admission: 2013

    Her vision is new remedies for blood cancer
    Many adults who suffer from the most common form of blood cancer, acute myeloid leukemia, do not respond to treatment or they experience a relapse ...

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    Lisa Hultman

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

    Which international interventions protect civilians the best?
    When civilians fall victim to unrest in a country, the world asks what it can and should do to put an end to the ...

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    Staffan I. Lindberg

    Professor University of Gothenburg Social science Year of admission: 2013

    What forms a democracy?
    Staffan I. Lindberg is one of four Principal Investigators of the global project “Varieties of Democracy” (V-Dem). The aim of the project is to explain why a country ...

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    Simone Immler

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

    Is there selection among our germ cells?
    Does the evolutionary battle for survival begin among our germ cells? If so, how does this happen and how does it affect the offspring? Do ...

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    Erik Ingelsson

    Professor University of Oxford Medicine Year of admission: 2013

    Improved Treatment of Heart Disease
    Coronary heart disease is the most common cause of death, both in the developed world and in developing counties, where an increasing number of people die ...

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    Mattias Jakobsson

    Associate professor Uppsala University Natural sciences Year of admission: 2013

    Mapping the evolutionary history of modern humans
    What makes us human? Mattias Jakobsson wants to answer that question as a Wallenberg Academy Fellow. He will explore human history primarily ...

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    Markus Janson

    PhD Princeton University Natural sciences Year of admission: 2013

    He will hunt planets in the universe
    A dream of many scientists is to find life in other parts of the universe. As a Wallenberg Academy Fellow, Markus Janson will optimize the technology used ...

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    Anders Johansen

    Associate prof. Lund University Natural sciences Year of admission: 2012

    Surprises in the computer provide new theories about planet formation
    How was our Earth formed? Anders Johansen challenges the old theories. Through computer simulations, he gets new ideas ...

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    Henrik Johansson

    PhD CERN Natural sciences Year of admission: 2013

    Planets and quarks will meet in theory
    The two grand theories of modern physics clash: the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. This conflict makes it difficult for scientist to ...

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    Lynn Kamerlin

    Associate professor Uppsala University Natural sciences Year of admission: 2013

    She wants to understand natural resistance
    Evolution can happen quickly. Bacteria often become resistant against antibiotics, and cancer cells, against cytostatic drugs. Lynn Kamerlin will ...

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    Göran Karlsson

    PhD Lund University Medicine Year of admission: 2015

    Wants to defuse carcinogenic stem cells in bone marrow
    Current treatments for leukemia deactivate cancer cells that divide rapidly, but do not affect the sick stem cells hidden in the ...

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    Peter Kasson

    PhD Uppsala University Natural sciences Year of admission: 2015

    Computer model of how the influenza virus invades cells
    Every year, influenza vaccines save many lives, but no effective medicines are available to those who have already been ...

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    Pekka Katajisto

    Dr Karolinska Institutet Medicine Year of admission: 2014

    A longer life with healthy stem cells
    People, who can keep their stem cells young, can keep their bodies young. As a Wallenberg Academy Fellow, Pekka Katajisto seeks methods that will ...

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    Antti Kauppinen

    PhD The University of Gothenburg Humanities Year of admission: 2016

    What is a good life and how do we achieve it?
    There is more to well-being – leading a good and successful life – than feeling happy and getting what we want. Antti Kauppinen’s ...

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    Jonatan Klaminder

    Associate professor Umeå University Natural sciences Year of admission: 2013

    Drug residues and acidification of watercourses affect the behavior of fish
    Growing consumption of medicines combined with increasing populations means that residue of pharmaceuticals in ...

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    Kirsten Kraiberg Knudsen

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

    With her sights set on the outermost limits of the universe
    Already as a child, Kirsten Kraiberg Knudsen loved gazing at the stars. Since then, she has been gazing ever further out into space. ...

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    Jessica Körning Ljungberg

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

    Can brain training provide protection from dementia?
    Is it possible to train cognitive functions using multilingualism or a mentally demanding job, for example? If so, how long do ...

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    Laura Kovács

    Associate prof. Chalmers University of Technology Engineering sciences Year of admission: 2014

    An effective tool for finding bugs in major software programs
    Software bugs are increasingly costly, with faults being hard to find in today’s complex computerized systems. Laura ...

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    Claudia Kutter

    PhD Karolinska Institutet Medicine Year of admission: 2016

    How does liver cancer develop?
    The incidence of liver cancer is increasing dramatically. As a Wallenberg Academy Fellow, Claudia Kutter will investigate what happens when a healthy ...

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    Amanda Lagerkvist

    Associate professor Stockholms University Humanities Year of admission: 2013

    Existential questions in a digital world
    The internet has become an arena for processing grief and for meeting death. When a young woman was murdered by teenagers in Stureby, a suburb of ...

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    François Lallemend

    PhD Karolinska Institutet Medicine Year of admission: 2013

    How is the network of nerve cells shaped?
    Long threads of nerves reach lengthwise and across our bodies. These nerves transduce different sensory modalities and are responsible for movement ...

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    Christoph Langhammer

    Associate prof. Chalmers University of Technology Engineering sciences Year of admission: 2016

    New nanomaterials for catalysis and hydrogen gas sensors
    Christoph Langhammer will investigate nanoplasmonics’ use in the production of new catalysts and sensors. Important aims ...

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    Fredrik Lanner

    PhD Karolinska Institutet Medicine Year of admission: 2016

    Stem cell treatment for common eye disease
    Researchers hope to be able to develop new and more effective treatments of otherwise incurable diseases by using stem cells. Fredrik Lanner ...

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    Jonas Larson

    Dr Stockholm University Natural sciences Year of admission: 2014

    At absolute zero – studies of a different world
    Materials change their properties at extremely low temperatures; they stop following the traditional laws of physics and, instead, ...

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    Ola Larsson

    PhD Karolinska Institutet Medicine Year of admission: 2013

    A key to the unlimited growth of cancer cells
    One cause of the uncontrolled growth of cancer cells is that the wrong kinds of proteins are produced: proteins that make the cells divide far too ...

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    Josefin Larsson

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

    Why does the universe contain plasma jets?
    Jets are among the universe’s most extreme environments, in which plasma travels at close to the speed of light. Wallenberg Academy Fellow ...

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    Erik Larsson Lekholm

    Associate prof. University of Gothenburg Medicine Year of admission: 2015

    How do previously unknown DNA elements influence cancer?
    Researchers long thought that the part of our genetic material that was not genes was “junk DNA”. However, this has proven to ...

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    Graham Emil Leigh

    PhD University of Gothenburg Humanities Year of admission: 2015

    Reflecting on truth
    What is truth? How do we recognize it? Why do we trust it? The nature of truth is perhaps the most puzzling problem that philosophers and mathematicians have ...

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    Mia Liinason

    PhD University of Gothenburg Humanities Year of admission: 2015

    Study of cross-border struggles for human rights
    Non-governmental organizations and groups that are active politically often work across national borders. As a Wallenberg Academy ...

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    Edmund Loh

    Dr Karolinska Institutet Medicine Year of admission: 2014

    Why do some bacteria suddenly attack the brain?
    Each year, around 100 people in Sweden suffer serious meningitis caused by a meningococcus bacterium that is normally found in the nose ...

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    Sidinh Luc

    PhD Karolinska Institutet Medicine Year of admission: 2016

    How do cells form in our blood?
    Researchers have long believed that the stem cells found in our bone marrow are fairly similar, but extensive investigation has shown that assumption ...

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    Emma Lundberg

    Associate prof. KTH Royal Institute of Technology Engineering sciences Year of admission: 2016

    An advanced map of the different stages of cell division
    Tumors arise when control of cell division is lost. Emma Lundberg will add in-depth knowledge about what happens when cells ...

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    Olle Lundh

    Dr Lund University Natural sciences Year of admission: 2014

    A particle accelerator with new dimensions
    In facilities like those at CERN, particles are accelerated through tunnels that are many kilometers long in order to achieve the high ...

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    Johan Lundström

    PhD Karolinska Institutet Social science Year of admission: 2012

    A comprehensive approach to our senses
    Until now, the research has been focused on understanding how the various senses work separately. Johan Lundström at Karolinska Institutet thinks it is ...

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    Michael Malkoch

    Associate prof. KTH Royal Institute of Technology Engineering sciences Year of admission: 2012

    Developing bone adhesive with click chemistry
    A substitute teacher ignited Michael Malkoch's interest in chemistry. Today, he is still as passionate about chemistry in general and polymer ...

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    Johan Malmström

    PhD Lund University Medicine Year of admission: 2012

    The bonds that make the bacterium aggressive
    What is different about bacteria that cause serious illnesses and those that do not? This is what Johan Malmström is trying to find out. The answer ...

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    Robert Månsson

    Dr Karolinska Institutet Medicine Year of admission: 2014

    A better understanding of why blood cancer occurs
    Sometimes the genetic mutations that cause diseases are located outside the actual genes, in parts of the DNA that regulate the ...

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    Anna Martinelli

    Associate prof. Chalmers University of Technology Natural sciences Year of admission: 2016

    More efficient materials for future hydrogen gas vehicles
    Fuels other than those based on petroleum are necessary if road transport is to be become sustainable. Many people believe ...

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    Charles Melnyk

    PhD The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Natural sciences Year of admission: 2016

    Grafted plants – how do they connect their vascular systems?
    After wounding, plants have a unique ability to join up and heal their vascular system, which transports water, nutrients ...

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    Abraham Mendoza

    PhD Stockholm University Natural sciences Year of admission: 2016

    More effective and environmentally-friendly methods for chemical synthesis
    Chemical synthesis of everything from pharmaceuticals to new materials often requires the use of toxic ...

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    Albert Mihranyan

    Associate professor Uppsala University Engineering sciences Year of admission: 2013

    Celluose based nanofilters for purification of blood
    Hepatitis C, HIV and autoimmune diseases can be treated today through blood filtration, where viruses and ‘self-attacking’ antibodies are ...

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    Patricia Mindus

    Associate prof. Uppsala University Humanities Year of admission: 2014

    Do routes to citizenship in the EU live up to the rule of law?
    A migrant coming to Europe is treated very differently depending on the country in which he or she arrives. Levels of ...

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    Jenny Mjösberg

    Dr Karolinska Institutet, Linköping University Medicine Year of admission: 2014

    Why do chronic bowel inflammations relatively often lead to cancer?
    People with a history of inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, have a higher ...

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    Erik Mohlin

    PhD Lund University Social science Year of admission: 2016

    Developing game theory to better understand human choices
    Game theory is used in the social sciences to analyze interactions between people, companies and states. As a Wallenberg ...

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    Ana María Mora-Márquez

    PhD University of Gothenburg Humanities Year of admission: 2015

    Is pragmatic Aristotle’s view of argumentation?
    Philosophers and logicians have stated that Aristotle put forth the picture of an ideal language that is to be interpreted literally. ...

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