Royal Society announces research leaders awarded Royal Society Wolfson Fellowships and Royal Society Wolfson Visiting Fellowships 2023

07 June 2023

The Royal Society and the Wolfson Foundation have announced outstanding scientists receiving Royal Society Wolfson Fellowships and Royal Society Wolfson Visiting Fellowships in 2023. 

The fellowships provide funding to enable UK universities and research institutions to attract and retain outstanding overseas senior research scientists. 

Dr Julie Maxton, Executive Director of the Royal Society, said: “I am delighted to announce the recipients of Royal Society Wolfson Fellowships and Royal Society Wolfson Visiting Fellowships for this year. Science is a truly global endeavour, and these grants offer awardees an opportunity to bring their talents to the UK to enrich UK science for the benefit of humanity.”

Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation, said: “The Wolfson Fellowship scheme is designed to help talented overseas scientists come to the UK to push the boundaries of their research and forge productive new partnerships with UK academic colleagues. We are delighted to join the Royal Society in welcoming this latest cohort of Fellows.”

The seven awardees will take up their posts from February 2024, and their expertise ranges from investigating platelets, designing new dark sector search strategies and conceptualising an operational climate impacts attribution facility.

They have been drawn from countries including Australia, South Africa, Ukraine, Japan and Czechia and will take up their posts in universities including the University of Bristol, Aberystwyth University, Queen Mary University of London, University of Glasgow, University of Manchester and the University of Oxford.  

The full list of awardees are:


Royal Society Wolfson Fellowships

Professor Samir Taoudi
Discovering the in vivo platelet forming state using cellular barcoding and single-cell transcriptomics
University of Bristol

Royal Society Wolfson Visiting Fellowships

Dr Deepak Kar
Developing Approaches to Revolutionise Knowledge (DARK): designing novel strongly interacting dark sector search strategies
University of Glasgow

Dr Tomoko Nakanishi 
Large-scale International Genomic Discoveries for Precision Healthcare in Respiratory Diseases
Queen Mary University of London

Professor Mark New
Conceptualising and Piloting an Operational Climate Impacts Attribution Facility
University of Bristol

Dr Constantinos Skordis
Testing the properties of dark matter with new statistical tools and cosmological data
University of Oxford

Professor Natalya Vaysfeld
Mathematical modelling and characterization of porous materials of various geometry containing defects being subject to various multiphysics fields
Aberystwyth University

Professor Guoxiu Wang
Atomically thin two dimensional materials for sustainable energy storage and clean energy generation
University of Manchester


Royal Society Wolfson Fellowships

Professor Richard Scheltema
Understanding NETosis – from triggers of chronic inflammation to new therapeutics
University of Liverpool

Royal Society Wolfson Visiting Fellowships

Professor Anjan Barman
Emergent Spin Wave Properties in Three-Dimensional Curved Nanostructures
Cardiff University

Dr Chrysoula Gubili
Batoidea evolution through time and reproduction
University of Salford

Professor Kurt Konhauser
Using banded iron formations as proxies for the co-evolution of Precambrian life and the environment
University of Manchester

Professor Nir Gov
Combining experiments and theory to study cellular shapes and migration patterns during development and immune responses~
University of Cambridge

Professor Erin Johnson
Development of improved computational methods for intermolecular interactions and crystal structure prediction
University of Cambridge

Professor Julio Navarro
Dark matter clues from the faintest galaxies
Durham University


Royal Society Wolfson Fellowships

Professor Lorenzo Pareschi 
Uncertainty quantification, data-driven simulations and learning of multiscale complex systems governed by PDEs 
Herriot-Watt University 

Dr Varsha Singh
Mechanistic bases for gain of olfaction capacity in Caenorhabditis elegans 
University of Dundee

Royal Society Wolfson Visiting Fellowships

Professor Tobias Baskin
Biomechanical analysis of plant growth: the case of the twisted root 
University of Birmingham

Professor Niko Beerenwinkel 
Single-cell copy number signatures as cancer biomarkers
University of Cambridge

Professor Naveen Garg  
No LP inside: designing fast combinatorial approximation algorithms  
University of Warwick 

Professor Oleg Melnik 
Numerical models of wellbore scaling: from understanding to prevention  
University of Oxford

Professor Peter Skands  
Piercing the precision barrier in high-energy particle physics 
University of Oxford 

There are three rounds per year for applications for the Fellowships.

The schemes are currently open to applications under the 2024 Round 2, which closes on 20 March 2024. Scientists in all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, are urged to apply. 

The Royal Society Wolfson Visiting Fellowships offer £125,000 to enable international researchers a flexible sabbatical period at a UK university or research institution to build and develop international collaborations and networks. 

The Royal Society Wolfson Fellowships offer £300,000 of funds to support the awardees UK research programme and team. Both Fellowships are generously supported by the Wolfson Foundation


This page was updated in February 2024 to include recipients of the third round of awardees.