Wallenberg Academy Fellows 2016

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-nine 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. Oscar Agertz
University of Surrey, UK (Stockholm University)

New galaxy simulations shining light on stars

Dr. Yaowen Wu
Max Planck Institute, Dortmund, Germany (Umeå University) 

Cellular recycling offers prospect of new therapeutics

Associate Professor Karin Schönning
Uppsala University 

Hyperons shedding light on great mysteries of the universe

Dr. Georgios Dimitroglou Rizell
University of Cambridge, UK (Uppsala University) 

Mathematical precision through intuition

Dr. Abraham Mendoza
Stockholm University 

More efficient and environmentally friendlier molecular design

Dr. Charles Melnyk
University of Cambridge, UK (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) 

Seeking grafting mechanisms for better wine harvests and forestry

Dr. Sarah Greenwood
Stockholm University 

Clues about the future in former ice sheets

Dr. John Fitzpatrick
Stockholm University 

The impact of evolution on sexual selection

Dr. Björn Burmann
University of Basel, Switzerland (University of Gothenburg)

How the cellular clean-up squad works

Dr. Agnese Bissi
Harvard University, USA (Uppsala University)

Breaking new ground in an effort to explain black holes

Social Sciences

Associate Professor Jonas Olofsson
Stockholm University 

Linking our keen sense of smell to memory processes in the brain

Dr. Erik Mohlin
Lund University 

Improving game theory with human models and norms

Dr. Jutta Bolt
University of Groningen, the Netherlands (Lund University) 

Historical atlas of diseases sheds light on African development

Dr. Giulia Andrighetto
European University Institute, Italy and the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the Italian National Research Council (Mälardalen University) 

The essence of norms in Sicily – home of the Mafia

Engineering and Technology

Associate Professor Maria Tenje
Uppsala University 

Building a platform to grow “minibrains” in the lab

Associate Professor Anna Martinelli
Chalmers University of Technology 

Making protons jump in the fuel cells of tomorrow

Associate Professor Emma Lundberg
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Mapping cell division

Associate Professor Christoph Langhammer
Chalmers University of Technology 

Expanding nanoplasmonics with new materials

Dr. Shervin Bagheri
KTH Royal Institute of Technology 

Friction-free surfaces inspired by nature

Associate Professor Daniel Aili
Linköping University 

Using 3D printed tissue to study tumors


Dr. Laura Baranello
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA (Karolinska Institutet)

Developing less radical cancer therapies

Dr. Vicente Pelechano García
Karolinska Institutet 

Differences between identical cells offer potential for better cancer therapies

Dr. Sidinh Luc
Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, USA (Karolinska Institutet) 

How blood cells form – new clues about the causes of leukemia

Dr. Sasan Zandi
University of Toronto, Canada (Linköping University) 

Research in brief

Dr. Fredrik Lanner
Karolinska Institutet 

Developing stem cell therapy for macular degeneration

Dr. Claudia Kutter
University of Cambridge, UK (Karolinska Institutet) 

Learning how liver cancer develops

Dr. Olaf Bergmann
Karolinska Institutet 

Research in brief


Dr. Antti Kauppinen
University of Tampere, Finland (University of Gothenburg) 

Research in brief