Wallenberg Academy Fellows

Wallenberg Academy Fellows 2017

Wallenberg Academy Fellows, the career program for young researchers launched by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation in 2012, provides long-term funding for young, promising Swedish and foreign researchers from all academic fields. This year twenty-four new researchers are appointed to the program.

Where the nominating university is not the researcher’s current university, the nominating university’s name is in brackets. 

Natural Sciences

Dr. Maria Hermanns
University of Cologne, Germany (Stockholm University)

Research in brief: The hunt for new and exotic materials

Associate Professor Dan Petersen
University of Copenhagen, Denmark (Stockholm University)

Research in brief: The geometry of abstract space

Professor Karim Adiprasito
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

Research in brief: New tools for traditional mathematics

Dr. Rike Stelkens
Stockholm University

Research in brief: Does evolution move faster thanks to hybrids?

Dr. Claudia Mohr
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany (Stockholm University)

Impact of aerosols on clouds

Associate Professor Johannes Rousk
Lund University

Research in brief: How are carbon-fixing microbes affected by environmental change?

Dr. Karl Börjesson
University of Gothenburg

Research in brief: More efficient light-emitting diodes for a sustainable future

Associate Professor Steffi Burchardt
Uppsala University

Research in brief: New insights about volcanoes: liquid magma can fracture

Dr. Stefano Bonetti
Stockholm University

Research in brief: Exploring the terra incognita of the quantum world

Social Sciences

Associate Professor Pontus Strimling
Institute for Futures Studies (Södertörn University)

Models to predict new values

Associate Professor Johanna Rickne
Stockholm University

Research in brief: Gender, careers, and democratic representation

Associate Professor Elin Naurin
University of Gothenburg

Research in brief: The effects of pregnancy on political opinions

Associate Professor Hanne Fjelde
Uppsala University

Present-day threats to democracy

Engineering and Technology

Associate Professor Jiayin Yuan
Clarkson University, New York State, USA (Stockholm University)

Porous carbon electrodes bode well for the environment

Associate Professor Ergang Wang
Chalmers University of Technology

Research in brief: Future solar cells must be able to be mass produced

Dr. Erik J. Berg
Paul Scherrer Institute, Zurich, Switzerland (Uppsala University)

Research in brief: Durable batteries for a sustainable future

Associate Professor Hanna Isaksson
Lund University

Research in brief: How can healing a ruptured Achilles tendon be optimized?

Associate Professor Feng Gao
Linköping University

Research in brief: A material that may revolutionize solar cell and LED technology


Dr. Emanuela Santini
Columbia University, New York, USA (Karolinska Institutet)

Research in brief: What causes repetitive behaviors in autism? 

Dr. Joanna Rorbach
Karolinska Institutet

Research in brief: Machinery in the cell’s power plant to be mapped in atomic detail

Professor Stefano Romeo
University of Gothenburg

Research in brief: Developing drug treatments for fatty liver

Dr. Carmen Gerlach
Harvard Medical School, USA (Karolinska Institutet)

Research in brief: More effective vaccines and therapies against cancer

Dr. Katarzyna Koltowska
University of Queensland, Australia (Uppsala University)

Exploring the unknown mechanisms building the lymphatic vessels


Associate Professor Johan Östling
Lund University

Research in brief: Will investigate how knowledge moves in society