Royal Society announces Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships for 2009

12 November 2009

The Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science, has announced the appointment of 10 new Dorothy Hodgkin Fellows (DHFs) for 2009.

The Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship scheme supports excellent scientists and engineers at an early stage of their career and is designed to help researchers progress to permanent academic positions across the UK.

The new DHFs are working on projects which include new techniques for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and the study of natural light-harvesting systems, such as the photosynthetic pigments in plants, to improve solar cells.

The full list of appointments is as follows:

Dr Janet Anders          
Department of Physics and Astronomy,
University College London
"Dynamics of information in quantum many-body systems"

Dr Jenny Clark
Department of Physics - The Cavendish,
University of Cambridge
"Understanding charge generation in conjugated polymers for better solar cells"

Dr Tom Dunkley Jones
Department of Earth Science and Engineering,
Imperial College London
"An Earth System Model Approach to the Eocene-Oligocene Climate Transition"

Dr Andreea Font         
Institute of Astronomy,
University of Cambridge
"Constraining the Assembly History of Local Group Galaxies"

Dr Verena Gortz
Department of Chemistry,
University of York
"Liquid-crystalline Polymer Microspheres"

Dr Jennifer Bizley       
Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics,
University of Oxford       
"Sound features in the mammalian brain"

Mrs Veronica Grieneisen         
School of Biological Sciences,
University of East Anglia
"Polarity and Cell Shape Dynamics"

Dr Elva Robinson        
Biology Department,
University of York         
"Ant Collective Organisation in Robust Networks (ACORN)"

Dr Sarah Newey          
Department of Pharmacology,
University of Oxford
"Cell-cell signalling during brain development"

Dr Heather Sibley          
Division of Psychiatry,
University of Edinburgh
"Brain function in high risk bipolar disorder and schizophrenia"

For further information on any of the projects listed above or to arrange interviews with the scientists appointed please contact the Royal Society press office.