Outstanding Academic Fellows


NTNU has selected 17 young university researchers for its new Outstanding academic fellows programme, which is designed to give them the opportunity to grow their careers.

The researchers, who are already internationally recognized, work on topics ranging from economic history to nanotechnology and medical science.

With the support of international mentors, research visits, get-togethers, money and the expertise of the Norwegian Olympic Committee in talent development, the fellows will have the opportunity to improve their competitiveness in the international research world.

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Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:28:44 +0100

Jacob Linder – Professor, Department of Physics

Jacob Linder

Research in my group focuses on modern quantum condensed matter physics, including magnetisation dynamics, Bose-Einstein condensation and related quantum phase transitions, emergent Dirac-fermions in graphene and topological insulators, and the interplay between superconductivity and ferromagnetism.


Veerle Jaspers – Associate Professor, Department of Biology

Veerle Jaspers

My research involves the interaction of pollution with species-specific ecology and natural stressors, and its effects on hormones, behaviour and reproduction, focusing mostly in birds. I currently work on exposure to, and the effects of, emerging flame retardants such as novel flame retardants and perfluorinated chemicals in birds of prey.


Mats Ehrnström – Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences

Mats Ehrnström

I am a researcher in mathematics, specialising in nonlinear partial differential equations and non-local (free-boundary) problems. A problem currently under investigation involves the incompressible Euler equations for liquids which describe the motion of water under a freely moving surface. Relevant questions include the existence, uniqueness and stability of solutions under different mathematical (and physical) assumptions. 

Espen Storli – Associate Professor, Department of Historical Studies

Espen Storli

I am studying the history of business and politics and have a special interest in the development of international business during the 20th century. I am currently working on the project called "The hidden companies of the global economy: the development of international commodity traders, 1945-2015".


Ingvild Bjellmo Johnsen – Researcher, Dep. of Laboratory Medicine, Children´s and Women´s Health

Ingvild Bjellmo Johnsen

My research focuses on molecular interactions between viruses and their hosts. In particular, our group applies basic research and biobanks to study the mechanisms and characteristics of the innate immune response to respiratory viruses that trigger inflammation and disease in children. 


Erik Folven – Associate Professor, Department of Electronics and Telecommunications

Erik Folven

I am researching into how magnetism can be controlled in complex oxide materials. In particular, I am investigating the possibility of tailoring the ferro- and antiferromagnetic domain state by means of thin film epitaxy and nanopatterning. I am currently exploring the use of domain-engineered nanomagnets in novel ultra-low energy magnetic logic.


Lasse Løvstakken – Associate Professor, Dep. of Circulation and Medical Imaging

Lasse Løvstakken

Cardiovascular disease is the main cause of death in the world today. My research is targeted towards the development of novel ultrasound imaging techniques for the improved diagnosis of cardiovascular disease. Using ultrasound imaging, we aim to obtain new knowledge of disease development and to develop more efficient and certain clinical diagnoses of cardiovascular disease for future application.


Bjørn Olav Åsvold – Researcher, Department of Public Health and General Practice

Bjørn Olav Åsvold

I am a researcher in epidemiology and a consultant in diabetes and endocrinology. I am currently performing epidemiological research as part of the HUNT Study. My main research interests include diabetes and endocrinology, pregnancy complications and cardiovascular diseases.


Päivi Lujala – Associate Professor, Department of Geography

Päivi Lujala

There are two main aspects to my research. The first focuses on valuable natural resources and natural resource management in the context of armed conflict. The second addresses vulnerability to the effects of climate change with an emphasis on climate-related natural hazards occurring in Norway.


Morten Andre Høydal – Researcher, Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging

Morten Andre Høydal

My aim is to establish a clinical-oriented basic research path for the development of new therapeutic strategies for heart failure based on a better understanding of the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms of the disease.



Pål Sætrom – Professor, Department of Computer and Information Science Department of Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine

Pål Sætrom

My research involves the development and application of computational models to predict how changes in gene regulation can influence development and cause disease. My focus is on small regulatory RNAs (microRNAs) and in determining their interactions with other regulatory mechanisms and the effects of genetic variation on microRNA-mediated gene regulation.


Carlos Alberto Dorao – Professor, Department of Energy and Process Engineering

Carlos Alberto Dorao

My research interests cover heat and mass transfer issues and their application in the development of more efficient processes, combined with multiphase and multicomponent separation issues in the oil and gas industry.



Tora Bonnevie – Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neuroscience, Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience / Centre for Neural Computation

Tora Bonnevie

My research focuses on deep brain stimulation (DBS), an innovative treatment strategy for certain drug-resistant brain diseases. I intend to study neuronal activity recorded by this procedure, with emphasis on exploring basic neural network function and investigating the effect of DBS as a clinical intervention.


Sverre Magnus Selbach – Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Sverre Magnus Selbach

My research involves the defect chemistry of oxides as applied in energy and information technology. Defects in functional oxides can reduce or enhance device performance, depending on how they influence crystal and electronic structure. I am currently applying the principles of solid state chemistry and Density Functional Theory (DFT) simulations to investigate how defects can be exploited to enhance and tailor the functional properties of oxide materials.

Terje Lohndal – Professor, Department of Language and Literature

Terje Lohndal

My research focuses on the structure and meaning of sentences, drawing on evidence from English, Norwegian and other languages. My current emphasis is on multilingualism and what data obtained from multilingual speakers can tell us about the architecture of grammar. I am also interested in how our capacity for language interfaces with general cognition.


Terje Andreas Eikemo – Professor, Department of Sociology and Political Science

Terje Andreas Eikemo

My research has provided further understanding into one of the fundamental questions of life – why do some people live longer and healthier lives than others? My main focus has been on finding explanations to variations in mental and physical health, chronic diseases and mortality both within and between countries in several regions of the world. 


Jianying He – Associate Professor, Department of Structural Engineering

Jianying He

I work in the fields of nanoscale testing and multiscale simulation. I am currently heading nanomechanical testing activities at the NTNU Nanomechanical Lab. My main focus is directed towards nano-enabled petroleum engineering and nanotechnology for energy applications.

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Ruth H. Rødde