Wallenberg Academy Fellows 2019

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

Associate Professor Carina Schlebusch
Uppsala University


Prehistoric DNA reveals the spread of agriculture

Professor Ville Kaila
Technical University of Munich (Stockholm University)


Mapping energy conversion in cells

Dr Witlef Wieczorek
Chalmers University of Technology


How far do the laws of quantum physics stretch?

Associate Professor Wushi Goldring
Stockholm University


Algebraic groups – a universal language in mathematics

Dr Anne Bjorkman
Senckenberg Institute (University of Gothenburg)


How arctic plants respond to climate change

Dr Karin Lind
Max Planck Institute (Stockholm University)


Mapping the childhood of the Milky Way

Associate Professor Klas Modin
Chalmers University of Technology


Paving the way for gentler radiotherapy

Associate Professor Sara Zahedi
KTH Royal Institute of Technology


Improving computer simulation tools

Associate Professor Jan Marcus Dahlström
Lund University


Creating clocks to measure ultrashort laser flashes

Social Sciences

Professor Terje Falck-Ytter
Uppsala University


Early signs of autism in infants

Dr Johannes Haushofer
Princeton University (Stockholm University)


Can no-strings one-off payments fight poverty?

Associate Professor Vladislava Stoyanova
Lund University


Better integration through new legal perspectives

Medicine and medical technology

Associate Professor Petter Brodin
Karolinska Institutet


Infant immune system development

Dr Pia Dosenovic
Rockefeller University (Karolinska Institutet)


A vaccine for mutating viruses

Dr Marcin Szczot
National Institutes of Health (Linköping University)


Understanding the gastrointestinal nervous system

Dr Ellen Bushell
Umeå University


Barcodes to map malaria proteins and creating a vaccine

Dr Qiaolin Deng
Karolinska Institutet


Following germ cells on their first journey

Dr Itziar Martinez-Gonzalez
University of Amsterdam (Karolinska Institutet)


Newly discovered memory cells suggest linked allergies

Dr Simon Elsässer
Karolinska Institutet


Living cell biochemistry yields new insights into cell memory

Engineering and Technology

Associate Professor Emil Björnson
Linköping University


Algorithms teaming up with quirks in technology

Associate Professor Haining Tian
Uppsala University


Converting solar energy into fuels using nanoparticles, water and CO2

Associate Professor Magnus Jonsson
Linköping University


Smart windows with nanoantennas

Associate Professor Thorsten Berger
University of Gothenburg


Research in brief: A modern version control system for continuous software development

Associate Professor Elin Esbjörner 
Chalmers University of Technology


Understanding the causes of neurodegenerative diseases

Associate Professor Marina Petrova
KTH Royal Institute of Technology


The wireless future beyond 5G


Associate Professor Per Anders Rudling
National University of Singapore (Lund University)


The growing phenomenon of long-distance nationalism

Dr Linda Andersson Burnett
Linnaeus University


Eighteenth-century citizen science inspired by Linnaeus