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Leading researchers awarded Newton International Fellowships

22 January 2015

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

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, engineering, and natural and social sciences. Fellows will receive support in the region of £100,000 each for a two year placement in the UK.

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 latest group of successful applicants will be investigating topics ranging from the effects of light and time-of-day on malaria-transmitting mosquitoes to prehistoric cognition of self and the other in North African rock art. They come from research institutes in around 20 different countries including India, Finland, Brazil and the USA and will be hosted at institutions across the UK.

The full list of Newton International Fellowship awardees for 2014 is as follows:

Dr Rahul Bhosale, Indian - Hydropatterning: a novel adaptive mechanism for controlling root hair development - hosted by University of Nottingham

Dr Michael Ryan Bochnak, Canadian - Mapping the depth of crosslinguistic variation in verbal meaning: A case study from Washo - hosted by University of Manchester

Dr Aneesh Chandran, Indian - In silico investigation of ligand recognition and permeation properties of IP3 receptors - hosted by University of Cambridge

Miss Julia Frimodt Christensen, Danish - A new framework to understand human emotion perception using expertise - hosted by City University

Dr Stefano Costalli, Italian - Political Change through Contentious Action. An Actor-based Approach - hosted by University of Essex

Dr Isabel Cruz-Gallardo, Spanish - Structure and functional studies to elucidate the role of LARP4 in cell migration - hosted by King's College London

Dr Vassilios Dallas, Greek - Rotating turbulence and dynamos: From geophysical to astrophysical phenomena - hosted by University of Leeds

Dr Erin Dodd, Canadian - Mechanistic insights: investigating the intermediates of nitrosylation of [4Fe-4S] cluster proteins - hosted by University of East Anglia

Dr Michele Ducceschi, Italian - Real-time sound synthesis of impacted string instruments with sophisticated nonlinear contact laws - hosted by University of Edinburgh

Dr Jonathan Duquette, Canadian - The Rise of Sivadvaita Vedanta in Early Modern India: A Study of Appaya Diksita’s Ratnatrayapariksa - hosted by University of Oxford

Dr Matti Erasaari, Finnish - Eating money, eating time: the value of time in Fiji - hosted by University of Manchester

Dr Fabricia Ferreira do Nascimento, Brazilian - The evolution of endogenous retroviruses in vertebrate genomes - hosted by University of Oxford

Dr Valentin Fischer, Belgian - Drivers of diversity in ancient pelagic predators - hosted by University of Oxford

Dr Ellen Garland, New Zealander - Culture in whales: transmission of a complex display - hosted by University of St Andrews

Dr Irving Goh, Singaporean - Pre-Positional Existence, or Perhaps Only a Preposition Can Save Us - hosted by University of Cambridge

Dr Jorge Gonzalez Garcia, Spanish - Targeting quadruplex RNA with metal complexes: novel tools and therapeutic agents - hosted by Imperial College London

Dr Emmanuelle Honore, French - Painting the body: Prehistoric cognition of Self and the Other in North African rock art - hosted by University of Cambridge

Dr Abhishek Anan Jalan, Indian - Designing a toolkit peptide library for the heterotrimeric collagen types I, IV and VI - hosted by University of Cambridge

Dr Lily Jampol, American - White Lies in the Workplace: Consequences for Women & Practical Interventions - hosted by London Business School

Miss Nian Jiang, Chinese - Contact-free electronic probes for GaN semiconductor nanowires and hybrids - hosted by University of Cambridge

Dr Antti Lampinen, Finnish - Reception of barbarographic literary stereotypes in Christian Late Antiquity (400-700) - hosted by University of St Andrews

Dr Matthew Levy, American - Probing the Quantum Vacuum Structure using Ultra-High-Power Laser Light - hosted by University of Oxford

Dr Heidi Matthews, Canadian - International Criminal Law & the Cold War: Historical Narrative & the Construction of a Legal Field - hosted by School of Oriental and African Studies

Dr Shaena Montanari, American - Developing isotope models to understand dietary radiation of mammals after the dinosaur extinction - hosted by University of Edinburgh

Dr Wim Pierson, Belgian - How PD-1 overexpression on Tfh and Tfr cells with age affects the germinal centre response - hosted by Babraham Institute

Dr Ann-Christin Poeppler, German - Organometallics in the Solid State: Advanced Structure Elucidation by NMR Crystallography - hosted by University of Warwick

Dr Marina Puglisi, Brazilian - Reducing the risk of language and literacy disorders in preschoolers from disadvantaged backgrounds - hosted by University of Oxford

Dr Jakub Radoszewski, Polish - Software and Algorithms for manipulating "Next Generation Sequencing" data - hosted by King's College London

Dr Kristine Richter, American - Molecular Ancient Fish Remains Identification - hosted by University of York

Dr Samuel Rund, American - Illuminating the effects of light and time-of-day on malaria-transmitting mosquitoes - hosted by University of Edinburgh

Dr Valentina Sclafani, Italian - A comparative analysis of early mother-infant interactions between human and non-human primates - hosted by University of Reading

Dr Satyaprasad P Senanayak, Indian - Charge transport in solution processable devices: Interplay of structural and energetic disorder - hosted by University of Cambridge

Dr Bahareh Shirinfar, Iranian - Fluorescent receptors for glucose sensing - hosted by University of Bristol

Dr Thomas Singleton, Canadian - Making molecules that make molecules - hosted by University of Manchester

Dr Nicholas Steinmetz, American - Influence of two different feedback inputs on visual cortical activity and on perception - hosted by University College London

Dr Jingyuan Sun, Chinese - Characterisation of Fluidisation Processes through Advanced Monitoring and Computational Modelling - hosted by University of Kent at Canterbury

Dr Kuan Boone Tan, Malaysian - Carbon Nanotube-Magnetic Nanoparticle Hybrid System for Expansion of Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells - hosted by University College London

Dr Roni Tibon, Israeli - Expect the unexpected: The respective roles of schema and novelty in memory formation - hosted by MRC Centre – Cambridge

Dr Venkatesh V, Indian - Nanoscale photoactivation of therapeutic metal complexes - hosted by University of Warwick

Dr Freek van Ede, Dutch - How prior brain states shape working memory: on the role of neural oscillations in sensory cortex - hosted by University of Oxford

Dr Giorgia Vocino, Italian - The Art of Speech. The episcopal promotion of the trivium in early medieval Italy - hosted by University of Cambridge

Dr Wenjiao Yao, Chinese - Design and synthesis of new fluoride cathode materials for solid-state batteries - hosted by University of St Andrews

Dr Thomas Younts, American - Exploring neuronal integration in sensory cortical microcircuits in three dimensions - hosted by University College London