Wallenberg Academy Fellows 2013

Wallenberg Academy Fellows, the career programme 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 thirty-three new researchers are appointed to the programme.

(Nominating university within brackets, when it´s not the home university)


Dr. Axel Englund
Södertörn University (Stockholm University)

Studying the boundaries between literature and music

Dr. Angus Graham
University College London (Uppsala University)

Recreating ancient channels and canals in Luxor

Associate Professor Amanda Lagerkvist
Södertörn University (Stockholm University)

Looking into the Big Issues on the Internet


Dr. Christian Göritz
Karolinska Institutet 

Scarring prevents nerve repair

Dr. Linda Holmfeldt
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (Uppsala University)

A better understanding of acute leukemia

Professor Erik Ingelsson
Uppsala University 


Dr. François Lallemend
Karolinska Institutet 

Dream project on peripheral nerve cells

Dr. Ola Larsson
Karolinska Institutet 

Mapping cell protein production to find a cure for cancer

Dr Sjoerd Wanrooij
Washington University School of Medicine (Umeå University)

Using mitochondrial DNA to slow diseases of old age

Dr. Joan Yuan
National Institutes of Health (Lund University)

Tiny genetic change strengthens the immune system

Professor Henrik Zetterberg
University of Gothenburg 

New ideas on plaque can provide a functioning dementia medicine

Natural Sciences

Dr. Petter Brändén
KTH Royal Institute of Technology 

Solving problems where the equation is zero

Dr. Charlie Cornwallis
Lund University 

Explaining puzzling cooperation in the natural world

Dr. Rachel A. Foster
Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, (Stockholm University)

Vital symbiosis in the oceans of the world

Dr. Christian Hedberg
Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology (Umeå University)

Understanding the mechanisms of infection

Associate Professor Mattias Jakobsson
Uppsala University 

Researching the family tree of modern humans

Dr. Markus Janson
Queen's University (Stockholm University)

Searching for planets

Dr. Henrik Johansson
CERN (Chalmers University of Technology)

Studying the double-copy nature of gravity

Associate Professor Lynn Kamerlin
Uppsala University

 Working out the evolution of proteins

Associate Professor Jonatan Klaminder
Umeå University 

Impact of behavior-altering chemicals on ecosystems

Dr. Martin Ott
Stockholm University

 Detailed knowledge of the cell powerhouse

Professor Janine Splettstößer
RWTH Aachen University (Chalmers University of Technology)

New knowledge about quantum mechanics – building the electronics of the future

Dr. Sara Strandberg
Stockholm University 

Can supersymmetry explain dark matter?

Dr. Sebastian Westenhoff
University of Gothenburg 

A better way of showing protein movements

Social Science

Dr. Anna Dreber Almenberg
Stockholm School of Economics

 Sex hormones may affect our decision making

Professor Staffan I. Lindberg
University of Gothenburg

Measuring democracy in 400 ways

Associate Professor Ann E. Towns
University West (University of Gothenburg)

Female diplomats clash with male norms

Professor Joakim Westerlund
Lund University

Cleaning up economists’ methods

Engineering sciences

Associate Professor Martin Andersson
Chalmers University of Technology 

Artificial bone will provide more natural implants

Associate Professor My Hedhammar
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

Artificial spider silk used to build spare organs of the future

Associate Professor Albert Mihranyan
Uppsala University (Luleå University of Technology)

Nanocellulose paper filters catch nasty viruses

Associate Professor Panagiotis Papadimitratos
KTH Royal Institute of Technology 

More secure wireless systems

Associate Professor Philipp Schlatter
KTH Royal Institute of Technology 

Computer simulates turbulence