New Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship appointments announced

09 August 2013

The Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, has announced the appointment of seven new Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship holders.

Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the scheme is designed for scientists who would benefit from a period of full-time research without teaching and administrative duties. The scheme reimburses the employing institution with the full salary cost of a teaching replacement.  Fellowships cover all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.

The newly appointed fellowship holders are working on a wide variety of projects includingcircuits in the brain, the genes coding for multicellularity in plants and using laser scanning to measure forest canopies.

The full list of appointments is as follows:

Professor Zafar Bashir

University of Bristol

The hippocampal-perirhinal-prefrontal cortex circuitry

Dr Juliet Coates

University of Birmingham

Is there a genetic toolkit for green multicellularity?


Professor Mark Danson

University of Salford

Terrestrial laser scanner measurement of forest canopy biomass dynamics

Professor Desmond Higham

University of Strathclyde

Evolving Networks: Data to Knowledge

Professor Wolfgang Langbein

Cardiff University

Coherent non-linear micro-spectroscopy of quantum systems and living matter


Professor Margaret MacLean

University of Glasgow

Serotonin and oestrogen in pulmonary arterial hypertension


Dr Balazs Szendroi

University of Oxford

Cohomological Donaldson-Thomas theory: structures and examples

The Leverhulme Trust was established in 1925 under the Will of the First Viscount Leverhulme with the instruction that its resources should be used to support “scholarships for the purposes of research and education.” More information is available from