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)

On the hunt for new exotic materials

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

Using algebraic geometry to study abstract spaces

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

Better societal planning by solving centuries-old mathematical riddles

Dr. Rike Stelkens
Stockholm University

Yeast – teaching us how to cope with environmental change

Associated Professor Claudia Mohr
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany (Stockholm University)

Impact of aerosols on clouds

Associate Professor Johannes Rousk
Lund University

Bacteria and fungi play a key role as climate changes

Dr. Karl Börjesson
University of Gothenburg

More light from converted dye molecules and quantum mechanics

Associate Professor Steffi Burchardt
Uppsala University

Exploring the secrets of extinct volcanoes

Dr. Stefano Bonetti
Stockholm University

Femtosecond lasers spotlight new quantum materials

Social Sciences

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

Models to predict new values

Professor Elin Naurin
University of Gothenburg

Pregnancy and perceptions of politics

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

Solar cells of the future – greener and easier to use

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

Durable batteries for a sustainable future

Associate Professor Hanna Isaksson
Lund University

Understanding collagen to help tendons heal

Associate Professor Feng Gao
Linköping University

Promising solar cell material needs to become lead-free


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

Understanding involuntary movement patterns in autism

Dr. Joanna Rorbach
Karolinska Institutet

Protein manufacture in the cell powerhouse

Professor Stefano Romeo
University of Gothenburg

In search of treatment for liver disease

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

Better vaccines and cancer therapies inspired by the body’s immune system

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

Exploring the unknown mechanisms building the lymphatic vessels


Associate Professor Johan Östling
Lund University

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