Outstanding Academic Fellows Programme 2017-2021

Outstanding Academic Fellows Programme 2017-2021


Fellows in the Outstanding Academic Fellows Programme 2014-2018 together with Rector Gunnar Bovim and Pro-rector for Research Kari Melby

Fellows in the Outstanding Academic Fellows Programme 2017-2021 together with Rector Gunnar Bovim and former Pro-Rector for Research Kari Melby. Four of the fellows were not present when the group picture was taken. The programme period for the second group with 27 fellows runs from June 2017 to June 2021.

Photos of the fellows in the second group (Flickr).

Giosuè Baggio

Giosuè BaggioGiosuè Baggio

How does the human brain internally generate the meaning of the auditory and visual signals that constitute spoken and written language?

My research addresses this problem through a combination of formal modelling and experiments with infants, children, adults and neurological patients, using behavioural and neurophysiological techniques, such as EEG and fMRI.

David Bassett

David BassettDavid Bassett

My scientific interests lie at the interface of biology and materials science.

I blend synthetic and natural materials in new and innovative ways to mimic the structure of bone across multiple length scales with the goal of developing better laboratory models of bone in states of health, regeneration and disease.

Karin Dyrstad

Karin DyrstadKarin Dyrstad

My research focuses on public opinion in former conflict areas. How do people's political attitudes and behavior influence the transition from violent conflict to peaceful democracy?

I am particularly interested in people's support for political institutions and peace-building mechanisms, as well as consequences of political violence for people's attitudes.

Simen Andreas Ådnøy Ellingsen

Simen Andreas Ådnøy EllingsenSimen Andreas Ådnøy Ellingsen

I research how water waves interact with currents beneath the water surface. Waves and currents are often present together, for example in coastal waters, harbours, river deltas and near ships and structures, and the two affect each others' behaviour.

My group works primarily on theory using mathematical methods from theoretical physics, but also using numerically and experimental approaches. 

Lindsay Nicole Ferrara

Lindsay Nicole FerraraLindsay Nicole Ferrara

My research focuses on the linguistics of deaf signed languages.

I am particularly interested in the semiotic strategies deaf and hearing people use in their multimodal interactions with each other, and what this can tell us about language ecologies. My aim is to better understand human communication and interaction.

Julia Glaum

Julia GlaumJulia Glaum

My research is concerned with the development of functional implant materials mimicking general properties of living tissue as well as cues of healing mechanisms.

Within this field, I have a specific interest in exploring the potential of piezoelectric materials to be used in conjunction with load-bearing bone implants.

Michail Giannakos

Michail GiannakosMichail Giannakos

My research focuses on how to utilize various analytics, coming from many and diverse resources, to design spaces reinforcing rich learning experiences.

The challenge and vision of my research is to gain a rich and integrated understanding on how these multimodal learning analytics (eg. clickstream, biophysical) can be collected and harmonized in order to help us designing meaningful learning experiences.

Francesco Goia

Francesco GoiaFrancesco Goia

My research interests are in the field of building physics and building envelope technologies. 

My goal is develop strategies and systems for energy efficient buildings, and in particular building envelope components characterized by dynamic properties, technologies for solar energy exploitation, and integrating local sensing and control devices. 

Atle van Beelen Granlund

Atle van Beelen GranlundAtle van Beelen Granlund

My research focuses on inflammatory bowel disease.

Genetic inheritance affects all pathological pictures. By searching for the links between genetic variation and molecular processes at play in the inflamed tissue from patients, we hope to provide more precise diagnoses and treatment plans for this patient group.

Mats Ingulstad

Mats IngulstadMats Ingulstad

Can a modern industrialized society run out of resources? I am a historian and I study the interactions between states, companies and international institutions in the competition for access to natural resources.

I am particularly interested in the changing ideas about resources in international politics, as well as how different states manage risk. 

Fredrik Jutfelt

Fredrik JutfeltFredrik Jutfelt

My research investigates how fish are adapted to their environment and how they respond physiologically and behaviourally to changes in their environment.

A major focus is how rising temperature may affect fish and other aquatic ectothermic animals in the future, and how acclimation and adaptation may mitigate some of the impacts.

Richard Kumaran Kandasamy

Richard Kumaran KandasamyRichard Kumaran Kandasamy

My research group focuses on how immune cells respond to infection and the regulatory circuits underlying inflammatory and antiviral responses by combining classical as well as high-throughput methodologies.

We employ systems-level approaches combining state-of-the-art technologies and computational methods to analyze and interpret the BIG-DATA to find critical gene products and mechanisms.

Florence Kermen

Florence KermenFlorence Kermen

My aim is to understand how long-term stress can lead to the development of anxiety and depressive disorders.

In order to achieve this, I am studying how stress alters behavior and neural circuit activity in a small vertebrate, the zebrafish. 

Barbara van Loon

Barbara van LoonBarbara van Loon

My research aims to understand the impact that exposure to toxic environmental and endogenous agents has on the well-being of living organisms.

I study how changes in essential biomolecules contribute to the development of diseases, such as cancer and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Gary Love

Gary LoveGary Love

My research explores the history of Conservative ideas and political cultures in Britain and Scandinavia. I am particularly interested in how Conservatives responded to the intellectual challenge of social democracy between the 1920s and the 1960s.

I lead a major project that researches these themes from comparative and transnational perspectives.

Dennis Meier

Dennis MeierDennis Meier

My research studies functional states of matter that arise from the intricate coupling of spin, charge, and orbital degrees of freedom. Of special interest are topological nano-objects, including ferroic domain walls and unusual spin textures.

Using high-resolution imaging techniques, we investigate their fundamental physics and emergent opportunities for next-generation technology.

Natasa Nord

Natasa NordNatasa Nord

My research interests are district heating and cooling, energy efficiency in buildings, and building energy planning.

My research focuses on combined use of detail building simulations, modelling, real measurements, and data analysis for increasing energy efficiency in buildings and increased use of renewable energies.

Valentyn Oksenych

Valentyn OksenychValentyn Oksenych

Genetic information is stored in DNA molecules and protected from undesired alterations by several cellular pathways, including the Non-Homologous DNA End Joining and DNA damage signaling response.

My goal is to determine how DNA repair proteins support the development of immune and nervous systems and suppress cancer.

Steffen Oppermann

Steffen OppermannSteffen Oppermann

I am a pure mathematician, interested in representation theory, which is a subdiscipline of algebra.

Within the field I focus on homological and categorical results, which means I study the structure of sets of solutions to problems, particularly in cases where it is not possible to explicitly list all solutions.

Menno Oudhoff

Menno OudhoffMenno Oudhoff

The digestive tract performs many tasks including nutrient uptake, and responding appropriately to challenges such as food, chemical substances, and pathogens. The appropriate responses are also important to prevent cancer.

My research group aims to decipher the molecular and cellular mechanisms controlling these processes in the intestine.

Sondre Kvalvåg Schnell

Sondre Kvalvåg SchnellSondre Kvalvåg Schnell

My research is focused on how energy is transferred and changes form in nanoscale systems. When a system becomes very small, its properties will deviate from a comparable large system.

Using computer simulations, I model how systems change due to size, and try to describe how size affects the physical properties of nanoscale systems.

James D.M. Speed

James D.M. SpeedJames D.M. Speed

My core research interests involve understanding the impact of vertebrate herbivores on vegetation and ecosystems, particularly in the context of changing climate and land use.

I work in multiple ecosystems including tundra, forests and savannas, combining field experiments and data-focussed approaches to integrate knowledge across spatial scales.

Elisabetta Tedeschi

Elisabetta TedeschiElisabetta Tedeschi

My research investigates how electric power networks, particularly offshore, can be optimally designed and controlled in order to integrate increasing amounts or intermittent renewable energy.

The challenge is to ensure that such ever-growing, interconnected systems remain stable, efficient and reliable under any possible operating condition.

Astrid de Wijn

Astrid de WijnAstrid de Wijn

My research deals with modelling transport (of matter, energy, momentum) in materials, and relating it to microscopic nonlinear dynamics.

Currently I focus on two types of systems: 1) molecules and nanoscale objects on surfaces, especially in the context of friction, and 2) gases and liquids of various levels of complexity.

Nicholas Worth

Nicholas WorthNicholas Worth

My research is aimed at increasing our fundamental understanding of different fluid flows in order to better predict and control them.

Currently I have a focus on thermoacoustic instabilities in gas turbine combustors, the small-scale structure of high Reynolds number turbulence, and the development of new experimental methods.

Martin Wåhlberg

Martin WåhlbergMartin Wåhlberg

My research focuses on history of ideas and music in eighteenth century France. I have in particular shown how music and text are combined in new ways in the Enlightenment novel.

My current research project concentrates on the French Revolution and opéra-comique, which was one of the most popular forms of lyric theatre. 

Heidrun Åm

Heidrun ÅmHeidrun Åm

Few factors will shape future societies more than R&D today. My research asks how we can govern these developments democratically and responsibly.

My current emphasis is on the notion of «Responsible Research and Innovation» in biotechnology and nanotechnology. I am also interested in policymaking in situations of uncertainty.