Royal Society announces latest round of prestigious Wolfson Research Merit Awards

13 September 2011

The Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, has announced the appointment of twenty-six new Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holders. The scheme provides up to 5 years’ funding after which the award holder continues with a permanent post at the host university.

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 to this country or to retain respected scientists of outstanding achievement and potential. The focus of the award is a salary enhancement, usually in the range of £10,000 to £30,000 per annum.

The newly appointed award holders are working on a wide variety of projects including atmospheric aerosols, weather and climate; time and extra dimensions in space; early human evolution in Africa; and the impact of systemic infection and inflammation on the aged and diseased brain.

The Wolfson Foundation is a grant-making charity established in 1955. Funding is given to support excellence. More information is available from

The full list of Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award appointments is as follows:


Professor Oreste Acuto University of Oxford Molecular mechanisms of TCR signalling determining T cell fates
Professor Jonathan Blundy University of Bristol Magmatic differentiation in the Earth's Crust
Professor Muffy Calder University of Glasgow Live formal models for predictable component-based systems
Professor Ken Carslaw University of Leeds Atmospheric Aerosols, Weather and Climate
Professor Neil Champness University of Nottingham Self-assembly of Photoactive Metal Organic Frameworks
Professor Jonathan Clayden University of Manchester Communication via Molecular Conformation
Professor David Cumming University of Glasgow Metamaterial sensor integration on to CMOS technology
Professor Alexander Davies University of Leeds Semiconductor and biological nanotechnology, and applications to healthcare
Professor Paddy Farrington Open University Statistical methods for pharmacoepidemiology and infectious disease epidemiology
Professor Jianfeng Feng University of Warwick Bridging the gap between fMRI and Genome-wide data with applications in diseases
Professor Ruth Gregory University of Durham Time and Extra Dimensions in Space
Professor Andrew Liddle University of Sussex Unveiling the dark Universe
Professor Mark Maslin University College London Investigating the causes of early Human Evolution in Africa
Professor Paul Milewski University of Bath Three-dimensional solitary waves: from wind ripples to waves on floating ice
Professor Carole Mundell Liverpool John Moores University Black Hole-Driven Explosions and the Dynamic Universe
Professor Tracy Palmer University of Dundee Probing the mechanism of protein export by the bacterial Tat transport system
Professor Richard Pancost University of Bristol The response of hydrological and biogeochemical cycles to past global warming 

Professor Hugh Perry

University of Southampton The impact of systemic infection and inflammation on the aged and diseased brain
Professor Raphael Rouquier University of Oxford Higher categorical and homotopical methods in representation theory
Professor Debra Skene University of Surrey Linking light, circadian rhythms, sleep and metabolism in health and disease
Professor Maximilian Telford University College London Comparative genomics and the evolution of the Metazoa.
Professor Jonathan Tennyson University College London Molecular line lists for extra solar planet and other hot bodies
Professor David van Dyk Imperial College London Embedding Computer Models into Coherent Statistical Analyses in Astrophysics
Professor Fiona Watt King's College London Manipulating the stem cell niche at single cell resolution
Professor Howard Wilson University of York Stability and confinement in magnetised plasmas
Professor Andrew Zisserman University of Oxford Visual recognition of object categories in images and videos