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31 January 2014
The Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, has announced the appointment of 21 new Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holders.
Jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the scheme aims to provide universities with additional support to enable them to attract science talent from overseas and retain respected UK scientists of outstanding achievement and potential. Five of the awardees will be moving to the UK from universities overseas, including Professor Sebastien Perrier from the University of Sydney and Professor Mohan Balasubramanian from the National University of Singapore who will both be moving to the University of Warwick to take up their award positions.
The newly appointed award holders are working on a wide range of projects including looking at the way users interact with mobile technology in developing regions, and using a pre-clinical model to help advance neuroprotective therapies for infants that experience perinatal asphyxia.
The full list of appointments is as follows:
Professor Bashir M. Al-Hashimi – University of Southampton
Energy-efficient and reliable many-core computing systems
Professor Miguel Araújo – Imperial College London
Improving forecasts of biodiversity change
Professor Mohan Balasubramanian – University of Warwick
Cytokinetic actomyosin ring structure, assembly and function
Professor Katharine Cashman – University of Bristol
From magma to ash
Professor Peter Cox – University of Exeter
Emergent constraints on climate-carbon cycle feedbacks
Dr Pierre Degond – Imperial College London
Mathematical models of collective dynamics and self-organization
Professor Ernesto Estrada – University of Strathclyde
Physico-mathematical modelling of communication patterns in complex networks
Professor Gregory Gutin – Royal Holloway, University of London
Parameterised combinatorial optimisation problems
Professor Claire Halpin – University of Dundee
Understanding lignin biosynthesis to redesign plant biomass
Professor Gabriele Hegerl – University of Edinburgh
Learning about the climate system from the observed record
Professor Matt Jones – Swansea University
Information interaction for "bottom of the pyramid" users in developing regions
Professor Jon Lloyd – Imperial College London
Soils and the functional biogeography of tropical lowland forests
Professor Douglas Parker – University of Leeds
Interaction of moist convection with weather and climate systems
Professor Sebastien Perrier – University of Warwick
Functional soft nanotubes from molecular engineering
Professor Kosmas Prassides – University of Durham
New chemistry of functional molecular materials
Professor Nicola Robertson – University College London
Advancing neuroprotective therapies using a perinatal asphxyia model
Professor Ben Sheldon – University of Oxford
The selective and adaptive landscape in an avian model
Professor Peter Skabara – University of Strathclyde
Conjugated STARS: Substituted Truxenes And Related Superstructures
Professor Damon Teagle – University of Southampton
The timing and duration of mid-ocean ridge flank hydrothermal chemical exchange
Professor Rein Ulijn – University of Strathclyde
Adaptive molecular technology through minimal biomimetics
Professor Anatoly Zayats – King's College London
Functional metamaterials for nanophotonics
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