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Leading international researchers awarded fellowships in UK

06 December 2012

The fifth round of Newton International Fellowships has been awarded jointly by the UK’s national research academies – the British Academy and the Royal Society.

Fellowships have been awarded to 41 successful applicants who will be investigating topics ranging from the socio-economic impact on women in Ghanaian oil communities to boosting visual short-term memory. They come from research institutes in over 20 different countries including Thailand, Mexico, China and Australia.

The Fellowships are part of a £29 million pound government initiative to ensure that the UK engages with the world’s most promising academics.

The Newton International Fellowships provide an opportunity for some of the most talented early career post-doctoral researchers working overseas to carry out world class research in UK institutions across all disciplines of humanities, and natural and social sciences. Fellows will receive support in the region of £100,000 each for a two year fellowship in the UK.

The full list of Newton International Fellowships for 2012 is as follows:

Dr Alberto Acerbi, Italy - Cultural evolution online: new models for a new era – hosted by University of Bristol

Dr Augustina Adusah-Karikari, Ghana - Oil Find in Ghana: the Socio-Economic Impact on Women in the Oil Communities – hosted by University of Birmingham

Miss Fanny Bessard, France - The Early Islamic Economy in the Middle East (600-950 CE): Global and Regional Dynamics – hosted by School of Oriental and African Studies

Dr Helena Carrapico, Portugal - The United Kingdom in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice – hosted by University of Dundee

Mr Hugo David, France - Speech and Action in Early Brahmanical Philosophy: a study of Mandana Misra’s Vidhiviveka– hosted by University of Cambridge

Dr Olga Feher, Hungary/USA - The effect of context biases on the cultural evolution of language – hosted by University of Edinburgh

Mr Alberto Godioli, Italy - A grammar of Laughter in the realist novel: The reception of English models from Balzac to Gadda – hosted by University of Edinburgh

Dr Catherine Ingram, Australia - Kam song: towards an indigenous musical theory – hosted by School of Oriental and African Studies

Dr Davor Jancic, Serbia - Transatlantic European Parliament: Competence Building through Diplomacy - hosted by London School of Economics & Political Science

Dr Ryu Takizawa, Japan - Gene-environmental interactions in youth mental health – hosted by King's College London

Dr Milena Wazeck, Germany - Scientific Uncertainty and Acid Rain Politics in the 1980s – hosted by University of East Anglia

Ms Yuliya Zabyelina, Ukraine – Corruption and “negative peace” in post-conflict situations: the cases of Kosovo and Chechnya – hosted by University of Edinburgh

Dr Osten Axelsson, Sweden - Sound Cities - Part 2: Soundscape Quality and Taxonomy – hosted by University of Sheffield

Dr Craig Bell, Australia - Hyperbranched polymers as Organocatalytic Nanoreactors for ‘greener’ industrial organic synthesis – hosted by University of Warwick

Miss Veronica Celorrio Remartinez, Spain – High performing oxygen evolution electrocatalysts based on nanostructeured perovskites - hosted by University of Bristol

Dr Edgar Deu, Andorra - Functional characterization of a malaria protease involved in red blood cell invasion and egress - hosted by National Institute for Medical Research

Miss Lise Diez, Belgium/France - Cue integration in ant navigation: Interaction between pheromone trails and learnt visual cues - hosted by University of Sussex

Dr Jaroslav Dudik, Slovakia - Non-equilibrium processes and their signatures in the spectra of solar corona and flares – hosted by University of Cambridge

Dr Alexander Efimov, Russia - Mirror symmetry, dg algebras and categorification – hosted by University of Warwick

Ms Rica Mae Enriquez, USA - Arctic sea-ice melting in turbulent waters – hosted by University of Cambridge

Dr Xilong Fan, China - Gravitational wave astronomy with the next generation gravitational wave detectors – hosted by University of Glasgow

Ms Lauren Guillette, USA - The roles of social learning and individual learning in nest building behaviour in zebra finches – hosted by University of St Andrews

Dr Qi Guo, China - Probing the formation and evolution galaxies at far-infrared wavelengths - hosted by University of Durham

Dr Amir-Abbas Haghighirad, Netherlands - Synthesis and properties of novel highly frustrated quantum materials – hosted by University of Oxford

Ms Annie Priyadarshini Louis, India - Bringing Structure and Coherence to Statistical Machine Translation – hosted by University of Edinburgh

Dr Armando Maestro, Spain - Targeting the role of the hydrodynamic coupling in ciliated tissues: "Metachronal waves" – hosted by University of Cambridge

Dr Jose Antonio Morales-Serna, Mexico - Towards a molecular factory: Processive selective synthesis with a synthetic molecular machine - hosted by University of Manchester

Dr Elijah Nep, Nigeria - Releasing the pharmaceutical value of sustainable natural resources in the developing world – hosted by University of Huddersfield

Dr Waranyoo Phoolcharoen, Thailand - Plant-produced Rabies monoclonal antibodies for passive prophylaxis treatment – hosted by St George's Hospital Medical School

Dr Matija Popovic, Croatia - Understanding the molecular basis of frataxin turn-over – hosted by National Institute for Medical Research

Mrs Cosima Porteus, Canada/Romania - Physiological mechanisms behind ocean acidification-induced olfactory impairment in fish – hosted by University of Exeter

Dr Amanda Rasmussen, Australia - Cell identity establishment following asymmetric pericycle cell division – hosted by University of Nottingham

Ms Emilie Ringe, Canada - Plasmonic nanoparticles for biological and environmental sensing: fundamentals and engineering – hosted by University of Cambridge

Dr Ilja Sligte, Netherlands - Boosting visual short-term memory – hosted by University of Birmingham

Dr Chen Song, China - Functional mechanism of the antimicrobial peptide dermcidin from human sweat – hosted by University of Oxford

Mr Andrea Vigliotti, Italy - Nonlinear modelling of micro-structured materials – hosted by University of Cambridge

Mr Kai-Ge Zhou, China - Synthesis, Characterization and Manipulation of single-layer MoS_2 for optoelectronics - hosted by University of Manchester

Dr Chao Liu, China - Investigation of how the "straightness" of faults controls earthquake ruptures speed – hosted by University of Oxford

Dr Maria Marcela Lipovsek, Argentina - Generative homology on the developmental gene regulatory network for “cerebellar-like” structures – hosted by King's College London

Dr Antonina Tereshchenko, Ukraine/Portugal - The schooling and identity of Eastern European immigrant pupils in England - hosted by King's College London

Dr Pau Farras, Spain - Bodipy-based systems for artificial photosynthesis - hosted by Newcastle University