Outstanding Academic Fellow Programme

Outstanding Academic Fellows Programme 2019-2023

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Fellows in the Outstanding Academic Fellows Programme 2019-2023 together with the Pro-Rector for Research Bjarne Foss.

Chiara Bertolin


Chiara Bertolin

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How is Climate Change affecting materials’ decay, increasing its intensity and frequency? My research focuses at the intersection of Historic Climatology, Technology studies, and Applied Physics. My work aims to investigate Climate Change Hazards through the reconstruction of climate parameters variability over centuries, as well as Climate Change impacts on materials, especially on the most sensitive heritage materials, using no destructive health monitoring techniques.

Siv Gøril Brandtzæg


Siv Gøril Brandtzæg

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My research focuses on the skilling ballad, a genre marginalized by historians for 400 years. The project investigates how the ballads conveyed news in Norway long before the establishment of printed newspapers. The aim is to revise Norwegian cultural history by inscribing the ballads into a pan-european cultural heritage.

Charles Butcher


Charles Butcher

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My research focuses on understanding the causes of sustainable democratization with a specific focus on how the features of resistance networks shape prospects for regime change and long term institutional development.

Jeroen Danon


Jeroen Danon

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A quantum computer could perform tasks that would take centuries on a regular computer in a split second. Most of my work is aimed at making this science-fiction machine reality. As a theoretical physicist, I thus investigate practical ways how to create quantum bits and perform calculations with them.

Maria Fernandino


Maria Fernandino

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My research focuses on droplet dynamics on both smooth and micro-structured surfaces. We use experiments and numerical simulations to investigate evaporating and condensing droplets and how their interaction with different surfaces affect the heat transfer phenomena.

Katrin Grunert


Kathrin Grunert

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My research focuses on non-linear partial differential equations that govern the motion of waves. These equations also model wave phenomena such as wave breaking. I investigate, with the help of mathematical methods, which influence a wave phenomenon has on the future shape of a wave for a given wave profile.

Jason Hearst


Jason Hearst

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Turbulence is omnipresent in flows of engineering and practical interest, yet we still don’t have a full understanding of it.  Through fundamental experiments, I work to improve our knowledge of the intersection of turbulent flows with our daily lives, from wind turbine energy output, to more efficient pipelines and carbon capture, to airflow around buildings.

Sol H. Jacobsen


Sol H. Jacobsen

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I am a quantum physicist who contributes to the development of fundamental theory. I am currently investigating innovative ways to generate and control superconductivity for applications in computing, with the aim of achieving large-scale information processing at low energy cost.

Magnus Jahre


Magnus Jahre

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The main goal of my research is to contribute to designing faster and more energy-efficient computers. More specifically, I investigate how computer hardware can specialize to the current application – to improve efficiency – while retaining sufficient generality to be efficient across diverse applications – to enable reuse.

Mike Martin


Mike Martin

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My research group analyzes genomic sequencing data in order to reconstruct and interpret the evolutionary histories of various plants, animals, and their pathogens. I am particularly attracted to cases in which ancient/degraded DNA derived from natural history collections allows us to explain present-day distributions of biodiversity by looking directly into the past.

Courtney McNamara


Courtney McNamara

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My research investigates one of the most pressing policy concerns in many countries around the world: international trade and its societal consequences. Drawing on insights from different disciplines like social epidemiology and economics, I focus specifically on how trade impacts population health through labour market and social protection pathways.

Eivind Ness-Jensen


Eivind Ness-Jensen

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I am consultant in gastroenterology and my research is concerning coeliac disease, a chronic inflammatory disease of the small intestines precipitated by dietary gluten. My research is on the population-based prevalence of coeliac disease, why coeliac disease appears in some, but not others, and what the consequences of the disease are.

Marianne Nymark


Marianne Nymark

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My research focuses on revealing the molecular mechanisms behind the assembly and regulation of the photosynthetic apparatus of marine microalgae using the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum as a model organism.

Marius Pedersen


Marius Pedersen

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I work in the field of colour imaging, and my research focuses on how to carry out objective measurement of images that reflect our subjective assessment of image quality. This includes a better understanding of how our human visual system works and what kind of information we perceive.

Dimosthenis Peftitsis


Dimosthenis Peftitsis

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My research focuses on design and operation of advanced power electronics technologies employing Silicon or Wide-Bandgap power semiconductors for high-efficiency and high-reliability electrical energy conversions. I aim at developing cognitive power electronic converters with real-time adaptive designs and functionalities using digital data for enhancing the digitalization of the future electricity smart grids.

Kathrine Røe Redalen


Kathrine Røe Redalen

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I work in the field of medical physics with research on advanced imaging technology (functional MRI and PET) that can improve the precision of cancer diagnostics. We focus particularly on how these technologies can be integrated in radiotherapy of cancer. By imaging the cancer biology and individual radiation sensitivity, we aim to develop new concepts within image-based biologically adaptive radiotherapy.

Trygve Solstad


Trygve Solstad

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What cognitive processes underlie mathematical understanding? I study the role of representations and abstraction in our ability to learn and reason about fundamental mathematical concepts. Our research group combines empirical studies on digital learning platforms with computational modeling to gain a better understanding of mathematical cognition.

Jannike Solsvik


Jannike Solsvik

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My research interests include theoretical and experimental investigations of turbulent flows, bubble hydrodynamics and mass transfer in complex fluids. Improved understanding of these phenomena is important to enable more efficient design and operation of process units for industrial-scale bio-processing.

Jan Torgersen


Jan Torgersen

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I am interested in the bottom up synthesis of functional materials utilizing nano- and mesoscale effects. My group aims to turn simulated performances into prototypes using a variety of computational, nano and microfabrication tools. Our current main interests are energy conversion systems and biological interfaces.

Eivind Undheim


Eivind Undheim

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Francesca Verones


Francesca Verones

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What are the impacts our actions have on the surrounding environment?
In my research I am developing models to assess how humans impact natural ecosystems and species diversity all around the world. I am researching for example what the impacts of plastics waste on marine species is or how land fragmentation is affecting terrestrial species.

Pieter de Wilde


Pieter de Wilde

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I study political conflict over European integration and globalization. My research focuses on how support for and opposition to the European Union, migration, climate change and other globalization-related issues are expressed in public and what the implications of such expressions are for democracy.