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)

Using genetics to map the impacts of prehistoric climate change

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)


New technique set to improve understanding of colorectal cancer 

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


Creating order from 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


Learning about B cells to improve influenza vaccines 

Dr Linda Johansson 
University of Gothenburg


The link between type 2 diabetes and sleep hormone at cell level

Dr Marcus Buggert 
Karolinska Institutet


The unknown work of T-cells

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


Cancer cells fooling neurons into weakening the immune system

Engineering and Technology

Dr Klas Tybrandt  
Linköping University


Connecting the nervous system using stretchable electrodes

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


Research in brief: New method for software verification

Dr Simone Fabiano 
Linköping University


New discovery paves the way for organic electronics

Dr Yasmine Sassa 
Chalmers University of Technology 


Leading the way to the electronic materials of the future


Professor Anne Kaun
Södertörn University


Automated decision-making challenges trust in authorities

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


The impact of Bible interpretations on society

Social Sciences

Dr Armita Golkar 
Stockholm University


Researching the teenage brain to reveal the causes of anxiety

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


Mapping brain mechanisms that shape our culture