Wallenberg Academy Fellows

Wallenberg Academy Fellows 2021

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-seven 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 Peter Heintzman 
UiT The Arctic University of Norway (Stockholm University)

Research in brief: What happens to plants and animals when the climate heats rapidly? 

Dr Derek Lundberg
Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen, Germany (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)

Bacteria helping crops to thrive

Dr Sanja Vickovic 
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, USA (Uppsala University)


Research in brief: What drives the development of colorectal cancer?

Professor Hannes Thiel 
University of Kiel, Germany (Chalmers University of Technology)


Research in brief: Will contribute to classifying mathematical objects

Dr Magdalena Zych 
University of Queensland, Australia (Stockholm University)


Research in brief: How does time flow in the quantum world

Dr Simon Stael 
VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, Belgium (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)


The ability of plants to react to damage


Dr Björn Reinius 
Karolinska Institutet


Cancer driven by chromosome loss

Dr Daniella Rylander Ottosson 
Lund University


Curing brain disease with new cells

Dr Davide Angeletti 
University of Gothenburg


Research in brief: Will develop influenza vaccines that provide more lasting protection

Dr Linda Johansson 
University of Gothenburg


Research in brief: Will study new targets for pharmaceuticals for type 2 diabetes 

Dr Marcus Buggert 
Karolinska Institutet


The unknown work of T-cells

Dr Paulina Wanrooij 
Umeå University


Research in brief: How is the cell affected by damage to its power plant? 

Dr Sebastien Talbot 
UdeM, Université de Montréal, Canada (Karolinska Institutet)


Research in brief: Aims to block tumors’ ability to disarm our immune system

Engineering and Technology

Dr Elena Bykova 
Bayerisches Geoinstitut, University of Bayreuth, Germany (Linköping University)


Research in brief: Extreme pressure will provide new, as yet unknown material

Dr Klas Tybrandt  
Linköping University


Research in brief: Will develop new elastic microelectronics for the brain

Dr Niki Vazou 
IMDEA Software Institute, Spain (Chalmers University of Technology)


Research in brief: New method for software verification

Dr Simone Fabiano 
Linköping University


Research in brief: Will develop stable organic conductors for the electronics of the future

Dr Yasmine Sassa 
Chalmers University of Technology 


Research in brief: Exploring exotic materials for the computers and energy technologies of the future


Professor Anne Kaun
Södertörn University


Research in brief: How do automated decisions by public authorities affect our view of democracy?

Dr Hannah Strømmen 
University of Chichester, Great Britain (Lund University)


Research in brief: What role has the Bible played in the development of our secular society?

Social Sciences

Dr Armita Golkar 
Stockholm University


Research in brief: How do the teen years shape the risk of anxiety? 

Dr Björn Lindström 
VU Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands (Karolinska Institutet)


Research in brief: What makes us learn from others and form a culture?