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30 August 2013
The Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, has announced the appointment of 22 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 Bruce Lipschultz who will be moving from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to take up his award position at the University of York and Professor John Wettlaufer who is moving from Yale University to the University of Oxford.
The newly appointed award holders are working on a wide range of project topics including 4D computer vision, plasma physics for the development of fusion energy, and new targets for drugs and vaccines against parasitic infections.
The full list of appointments is as follows:
Professor I. David Abrahams – University of Manchester
Mathematical analysis of wave propagation through complex composites
Professor Malcolm Bennett – University of Nottingham
Re-engineering plant and crop root systems architecture
Professor Kai Bongs – University of Birmingham
Quantum simulators and sensors with ultracold atoms
Professor Aedin Cassidy – University of East Anglia
Dietary flavonoids - impacts on cardiovascular health and cognitive function
Professor Gregory Challis – University of Warwick
Discovery, biosynthesis and bioengineering of novel bioactive natural products
Professor John Clark – University of York
The automated discovery of software and systems via meta-heuristic search
Professor John Dalton – Queen's University of Belfast
Parasite digestive enzymes: targets for new drugs and vaccines
Professor Philip Gale – University of Southampton
Small molecule lipid bilayer anion transporters for biological applications
Professor Lajos Hanzo – University of Southampton
Intelligent giga-bit optical- and quantum-wireless information infrastructure
Professor Adrian Hilton – University of Surrey
4D computer vision for real-world dynamic scene understanding
Professor James Hinton – University of Leicester
Very high energy gamma-ray astrophysics in the UK
Professor Bruce Lipschultz – University of York
Develop plasma physics to tame the plasma-material interface for fusion energy
Professor Frances M Platt – University of Oxford
Understanding and treating lysosomal disorders
Professor Wilson Poon – University of Edinburgh
The physics of bacteria-soft matter mixtures
Professor Ifor Samuel – University of St Andrews
Organic semiconductor optoelectronics: challenges and opportunities
Professor John Schwabe – University of Leicester
Regulation of transcription by HDAC:co-repressor complexes
Professor Rodolphe Sepulchre – University of Cambridge
Orchestron: from neuronal rhythms to rhythmic brain functions.
Professor Steve Shkoller – University of Oxford
Analysis of moving free-boundary problems in fluid dynamics
Professor Steven Simon – University of Oxford
Topological quantum matter and applications
Professor Essi Viding – University College London
Refining the neurocognitive phenotype of children with conduct problems
Professor Peter Walker – University of Bath
Improved indoor air quality (IAQ) using hygroscopic and photocatalytic materials
Professor John Wettlaufer – University of Oxford
Applicable physical mathematics at the interface
The Wolfson Foundation is a grant-making charity established in 1955. Funding is given to support excellence. More information is available from www.wolfson.org.uk
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