Fellowship cohorts by year

The 2023 cohort is conducting research in areas ranging from climate projections, Microrobots and  protecting biodiversity.

  • Dr Oliver Watson, School of Public Health, Novel methods and data sources for estimating mortality in humanitarian crises (Sponsor Dr Jeffrey Eaton)
  • Dr Belal Ahmad, Department of Surgery & Cancer, Dexterous endoscopic microrobots at the tip of optical fibres for minimally invasive medical operations (Sponsor Dr Alex Thompson
  • Dr Garyfallos Konstantinoudis, School of Public Health, Estimating the heat-related burden of diabetes and health co-benefits of climate policy (Sponsor Professor Pablo Vineis)
  • Dr Dezso Modos, Department of Metabolism, Facilitating precision medicine in inflammatory bowel disease using cheminformatics and systems biology (Sponsor Professor Robert Glen)
  • Dr Kenny Malpartida Cardenas, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Enhanced nucleic acid amplification for next generation of paper-based diagnostics (Sponsor Dr Aubrey Cunnington)
  • Dr Robin Lamboll, Centre for Environmental Policy, From climate projections to predictions (Sponsor Professor Mark Burgman)
  • Dr Mariana Carrillo Gonzalez, Department of Physics, Uncovering the Universe through a Particle Physics Lens (Sponsor Professor Claudia de Rham)
  • Dr Jesus Barrio Hermida, Chemical Engineering, Sustainable Chemicals Production using CO2 and Biomass Electrolysis (Sponsor Professor Maria-Magdalena Titirici)
  • Dr Talia Shmool, Chemical Engineering, Ionic Liquids-Based Systems for Stabilisation and Targeted Delivery of Therapeutics (Sponsor Professor Cleo Kontoravdi)
  • Dr Flurin Eisner, Department of Materials, Layered organic-perovskite photoelectrodes for highly efficient and stable solar water splitting (Sponsor Dr Ifan Stephens)
  • Dr Barnaby Dobson, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Flexible integrated water system modelling to protect biodiversity from the impacts of raw sewage spills (Sponsor Dr Maarten van Reeuwijk )
  • Dr Alfredo Fantetti, Mechanical Engineering, Developing a metamaterial-based experimental technique to monitor friction in vibrating contact interfaces (Sponsor Professor Daniele Dini)

The 2022 cohort is conducting research in areas ranging from Sustainable Energy Systems, dietary patterns, planetary atmospheres and brain disease

The 2022 cohort includes:

  • Dr Elisa Pineda, School of Publich Health, Sustainability and affordability of dietary patterns in North America (Sponsor Professor Bruce Neal)
  • Dr Sophie Morse, Department of Bioengineering, Activating brain cells: An in vivo focused ultrasound technology for non-invasive stimulation of glial cells to treat brain diseases (Sponsor Dr Andrei Kozlov)
  • Dr Iuliia Elizarova, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Graphene-enabled universal laser additive manufacturing (Sponsor Dr Paul Hooper)
  • Dr Fiona Walport, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, A new method for advanced analysis and design of structures (Sponsor Dr Lorenzo Macorini)
  • Dr Min Yu, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Intelligent lubrication: from open-loop to closed-loop (Sponsor Dr Fred Cegla)
  • Dr Francesco Leofante, Department of Computing, ConTrust: Robust Contrastive Explanations for Deep Neural Networks (Sponsor Professor Francesca Toni)
  • Dr Daniel Gonçalves-Carneiro, Department of Infectious Disease, How synonymous mutations in the genomes of viruses contribute to immune evasion (Sponsor Professor Robin Shattock)
  • Dr Kyle Mincham, National Heart and Lung Institute, Defining the role of innate lymphoid cell progenitors in chronic lung disease (Sponsor Professor Clare Lloyd)
  • Dr Nejc Haberman, Department of Brain Sciences, The role of stable transcriptome-wide 3’UTR fragments (Sponsor Professor Simone Di Giovanni)
  • Dr Alfred Fillol Salom, Department of Infectious Disease, Phage satellite’s accessory genes: boosters of pathogenic bacteria evolution and resources for biotechnological applications (Sponsor Dr Ramesh Wigneshwerara) 
  • Dr James Kirk, Department of Physics, The first comprehensive look at extrasolar planet atmospheres (Sponsor Dr Yvonne Unruh)
  • Dr Sarah Ellyn Thomas, Department of Physics, Efficient Light-Matter Interface for Scalable Quantum Networks (Sponsor Professor Ian Walmsley)
  • Dr Cathrin Gudd, Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction, Investigating the cellular crosstalk between CD8+T cells and monocytes  as  atherapeuticavenue  to  treat  checkpoint inhibitor-induced hepatitis (Sponsor Dr Nick Powel)
  • Dr Lauren Ford, Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction, Smart Material Enhanced Ambient Ionisation Mass Spectrometry for Early Detection of Colorectal Cancer (Sponsor Professor Zoltan Takats)

The 2020 cohort are conducting research in areas ranging from colorectal cancer development, the origins of spin selectivity in chiral materials and the adaption of the influenza virus.  

The 2020 cohort includes:

  • Dr Cristina Taddei, Economics & Public Policy, Strategies for cardiovascular disease prevention: health and economic impact assessment of policies to improve diet and statins uptake in low-middle and high-income countries (sponsors Professor Franco Sassi and Dr Reza Skandari).
  • Dr Oscar Calderon Agudo, Earth Science & Engineering, Full-waveform inversion: from geophysics to medicine and offshore wind (sponsor Dr Rebecca Bell).
  • Dr Jessica Wade, Materials, Establishing the origins of spin selectivity in chiral materials (sponsor Professor Sandrine Heutz).
  • Dr Rachael Barry, Metabolism, Active hydrolytic enzymes: drivers of colorectal cancer development and potential biomarkers for early detection (sponsor Professor Gary Frost).
  • Dr Nuria Oliva-Jorge, Bioengineering, Smart biomaterials for epigenetic modulation in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (sponsor Dr Claire Higgins).
  • Dr Ozgen Deniz, Immunology and Inflammation, Transposons as Oncogenic Enhancers in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (sponsors Professor Jane Apperley and Dr Niklas Feldhahn).
  • Dr Emma Cavan, Life sciences, Developing modelling tools to assess the impact of fluctuating nutrient supply to fisheries: the case of Antarctic krill (sponsor Professor Guy Woodward).
  • Dr Alexiane Decout, Metabolism, Role of maternal microbiota-interactions with receptors of the immune system in inflammation leading to preterm birth (sponsor Professor Phillip Bennett).
  • Dr Athina Georgiadou, Infections Disease, Unravelling the mechanism of hyperlactatemia in severe malaria (sponsor Professor Charles Bangham).
  • Dr Calvin Tsay, Computing, Algorithms for Industrial Demand-Side Management under Uncertainty (sponsor Dr Ruth Misener).
  • Dr James Avery, Surgery & Cancer, Soft Oxygenation Sevinsing Implants (sponsor Professor Daniel Elson).
  • Dr Christopher Manser, Physics, Exo-Cosmochemistry with white dwarf planetary systems (sponsor Dr James Owen).
  • Dr Angela Meccariello, Life Sciences, Development of sex ratio distorters to control the major agricultural insect pest Ceratitis capitata (sponsor Professor George Christophides).
  • Dr Ada Yan, Infections Disease, Understanding how influenza virus adapts to humans using single-cell transcriptomics data (sponsor Professor Wendy Barclay).

The 2019 cohort are conducting research in areas ranging from air pollution, machine learning, bioprinting, industrial hydrogen production and ovarian cancer.

The 2019 cohort includes:

  • Dr Ronald Clark, Computing, Machine Learning for Light Field Capture and Rendering (sponsor Dr Stefan Leutenegger).
  • Dr Mark Friddin, Dyson School of Design and Engineering, Next generation 30 bioprinting (sponsor Dr Connor Myant).
  • Dr Elaine Fuertes, National Heart and Lung Institute, Air pollution, Allergens and Asthma exacerbations: burden and future threats. Abbreviation: TripleA (sponsor Dr Jennifer Quint).
  • Dr Nicola Gasparini, Chemistry, Organic photodetectors for biocompatible vision (sponsor Professor Iain McCulloch).
  • Dr Peter Hill, Infectious Disease, Genetic and epigenetic regulation of Salmonella-directed macrophage reprogramming (sponsor Professor David Holden).
  • Dr Alexandra Hogan, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Capturing the full public health value of RSV vaccines: using mathematical modelling to inform tarqet product profiles (sponsor Professor Nicholas Grassly).
  • Dr William Kerridge-Johns, Physics, Spatially structured laser output for high power applications (sponsor Professor Mark Neil).
  • Dr Yasaman Kouchekzadeh Yazdi, Physics, Covariant Entanglement Entropy as a Probe of Fundamental Physics (sponsor Professor Fay Dowker).
  • Dr Bo Lan, Mechanical Engineering, Ultrasonic characterisation of key microstructural properties of safety critical materials (sponsor Dr Peter Huthwaite).
  • Dr John Lees, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Developing large-scale genomic analyses to dissect the evolution of transmissibility, virulence and druq-resistance in streptococcal pathoqens (sponsor Dr Nicholas Croucher).
  • Dr Diana lruretagoyena Ferrer, Chemical Engineering, Dual function nanostructured materials for industrial hydroqen production (sponsor Professor Paul Fennell).
  • Dr Anke Nijhuis, Surgery & Cancer, Novel proteolysis targeting strategies to treat Chr19p13/DCAF15 amplified ovarian cancer (sponsor Professor Iain McNeish).
  • Dr Laura Nolan, National Heart and Lung Institute, Bacterial competition strategies in polymicrobial environments: identifying opportunities for exploitation and intervention (sponsor Professor Jane Davies).
  • Dr Oluleye Oluwagbemisola, Centre for Environmental Policy, Industrial Heat Decarbonisation: Policy and Business Model Innovations for Accelerated Adoption of Technical Solutions (sponsor Dr Robert Gross).
  • Dr Alessandra Pinna, Materials, Inorganic theranostic nanoparticles for Tuberculous Meningitis (sponsor Professor Alexandra Porter).
  • Dr Fred Richards, Earth Science & Engineering, Global Analysis of Predicted and Observed Dynamic Topography (sponsor Dr Gareth Roberts).
  • Dr Karen Sarkisyan, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Genetic circuits for directed evolution of bioluminescent proteins (sponsor Professor Matthias Merkenschlager).
  • Dr Ludmilla Steier, Materials, Creating Functional Interfaces by Atomic Layer Deposition in Devices for Energy Conversion and Storage (sponsor Dr Martyn McLachlan).
  • Dr Konstantinos Steiros, Aeronautics, Initial Stage of Transition (sponsor Professor Jonathan Morrison).
  • Dr Helena Unwin, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Modelling infectious disease outbreaks using the Hawkes Process (sponsor Dr Samir Bhatt).
  • Dr Aly-Joy Ulusoy Civil & Environmental Engineering, Net Zero by 2050: Enabling the Participation of Water Supply Networks in Low-Carbon Power Grids (sponsor Professor Sue Grimes)
  • Dr Maria Lissner, Mechanical Engineering, Improved Designs for Lightweight Structures in Extreme Environments - Dynamic Interface Mechanics (sponsor Professor Bamber Blackman)
  • Dr Siyang Wang, Materials, In situ and operando characterisation for revealing fundamentals of failure in functional materials (sponsor Professor David Dye)
  • Dr Danyal Akarca, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Efficiency, Topology and Information in Spatially-Embedded Neural Networks (sponsor Dr Daniel Goodman)
  • Dr Kate Godfrey, Department of Brain Sciences, Synergistic  Neuromodulation:  Enhancing  Temporal Interference  Stimulation  with  Pharmacologically induced Neuroplasticity (sponsor Dr Nir Grossman)
  • Dr Daria Kostyunina, NHLI (National Heart and Lung Institute), The role of genes that escape X chromosome inactivation in sex differences in pulmonary arterial hypertension (sponsor Professor Beata Wojciak-Stothard)
  • Dr Ariadna Feliu Josa, School of Public Health, Evaluation of tobacco endgame strategies in different policy contexts with a health equity and gender perspective (sponsor Dr Filippos Filippidis)
  • Dr Danielle Kurtin, Department of Brain Sciences, I-PsyStim: Developing Individualised Stimulation After Psychedelics (sponsor Dr David Erritzoe)
  • Dr Jakob Rostoel, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Cooperation, competition, or indifference? Investigating the causes and effects of co-resident bacteriophages (sponsor Dr Angelika Grundling)
  • Dr Mai Morimoto, Life sciences, Neural basis of visual cognition: learning from smart bees (sponsor Dr Giorgio Gilestro)
  • Dr Jessica Williams, Life sciences, Exploring Anthropocene landscape permeability for species key to human health and well-being (sponsor Dr Cristina Banks-Leite)
  • Dr Alec Christie, Centre for Environmental Policy, Mobilising global scientific, Indigenous, and local knowledge to better inform decisions for a more sustainable and resilient planet (sponsor Dr Caroline Howe)
  • Dr Jonathon Langford, Physics, Understanding the Higgs boson with Machine Learning at the Large Hadron Collider (sponsor Dr Nicholas Wardle)
  • Dr Alejandro Hermida Carrillo, Management, Decoding Despots - The Rhetoric of Autocratic Power Acquisition and Consolidation (sponsor Professor Mark Kennedy)
  • Dr Mario Martinez-Jimenez, Economics & Public Policy, How to build a more Sustainable and Resilient Society: The Foundations for a Healthy Childhood and Young Adulthood Development (sponsor Professor Carol Propper)

The 2018 cohort are conducting research in areas ranging from energy storage, synthetic biology, fake news, aerodynamic turbulence and liver failure

The 2018 cohort includes:

  • Dr Oytun Babacan, Grantham Institute, Evaluating the role of energy storage technologies in the global transformation towards a low carbon future using techno-economic analyses and modelling (sponsor Professor Jenny Nelson).
  • Dr Iros Barozzi, Surgery & Cancer, Large-scale analysis of non-coding alterations in endocrine therapy resistance of breast cancer (sponsors Dr Luca Magnani and Professor Ali Simak).
  • Dr William Barter, Physics, Taking Electroweak Physics Forward at LHCb (sponsor Dr Michael McCann).
  • Dr Paulo Ceppi, Grantham Institute, Understanding the time evolution of future changes in atmospheric circulation (sponsors Professor Martin Siegert and Brian Hoskins)
  • Dr Mark Chadwick, Chemistry, Molecular Heterogeneous Catalysis: Exploiting Single-Crystals for Selective Olefin Upgrading (sponsor Dr Andrew Ashley).
  • Dr Yuval Elani, Chemistry, Dead and alive: Fusing living and synthetic matter as a new frontier in bottom-up synthetic biology (sponsor Professor John Seddon).
  • Dr Giovanni Fantuzzi, Aeronautics, Unravelling turbulence using bounds and optimism (sponsor Professor Sergi Chernyshenko).
  • Dr Nicola Festuccia, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Systematic dissection of enhancer architecture in pluripotent cells (sponsor Dr Petra Hajkova).
  • Dr Claire Fletcher, Surgery & Cancer, Systematic Identification of Kinase Modulators of MicroRNA Biogenesis (sponsor professor Bob Brown).
  • Dr Peter Graystock, Life sciences, Engineering pesticide resistant bees: exploring the effect of neonicotinoid exposure on gut-brain axis (sponsor Dr Richard Gill)
  • Dr Julio López, Imperial College Business School, Learning from Fake News: Understanding the Influence of Contested Information (sponsor Dr Mark Kennedy).
  • Dr Stefano Mezzavilla, Materials, Electro-ValCat: towards the discovery of efficient catalysts for the electrocatalytic valorisation of bio-based platform chemicals and CO2 (sponsor Dr David Payne).
  • Dr Robert Murray, Physics, Probing the molecular fingerprint region with next generation mid-infrared sources (sponsor Professor Roy Taylor).
  • Dr Nicolas Newell, Mechanical Engineering, Understanding internal deformations within the intervertebral disc: towards the development of a novel nucleus replacement (sponsor Dr Jonathan Jeffers).
  • Dr Sivaprakash Sengodan, Materials, Development and Characterization of Layered Perovskites as Alternative Electrode Materials for Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Cells (sponsor Professor Stephen Skinner).
  • Dr Minerva Singh, Centre for Environmental Policy, Supporting the Implementation of IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Assessments within the Framework of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Tropical East Asia (sponsor Professor Mark Burgman).
  • Dr Evangelos Triantafyllou, Surgery & Cancer, The role of Mer Tyrosine Kinase expressing cells in the immunopathology of acute liver failure syndromes (sponsor Professor Mark Thurz).
  • Dr Daphne Tuncer, Computing, Management of interactions in software-based networks (sponsor Professor Peter Pietzuch).
  • Dr Nicola Whiffin, National Heart and Lung Institute, Exploring the non-coding landscape of inherited cardiomyopathies (sponsor Dr James Ware)
  • Dr Peter Winskill, School of Public Health, Modelling the efficacy and cost effectiveness of community health workers for the control of malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea (sponsor Dr Lesong Conteh).

Amongst other things, the 2017 cohort is investigating the information content of the large-scale structure of the universe, numerical models and observation to advance climate science and a deep understanding of human behavior from Video Data

The 2017 cohort includes:

Please note that some of the 2017 cohort may have finished their fellowships prior to the deadline for fellows starting in 2021, therefore the sponsors noted below may be available, please confirm directly with them.

  • Dr Elisabetta Aurino, Imperial College Business School, Food insecurity and child and adolescent development in India (sponsor Dr Marisa Miraldo).
  • Dr Evangelos Bellos, Medicine, Real-time nanapore sequencing to elucidate the role of host and pathogen genomics in personalized tuberculosis treatment (sponsor Professor Beate Kampmann).
  • Dr Agnieszka Brandt-Talbot, Chemistry, Novel low-cost carbon fibers from lignin (sponsor Professor Milo Shaffer).
  • Dr Michael Byrne, Physics, Monsoons and climate change: a new paradigm derived from simulations and theory (sponsor Dr Amaud Czaja).
  • Dr Matthew Grech-Sollars, Surgery and Cancer, Imaging Brain Tumour Growth and Transformation in Young Adults (sponsor Professor Eric Abpagye).
  • Dr Samuel Humphry- Baker, Materials, Advanced metal-ceramic composites for fusion reactors (sponsor Dr Luc Vandeperre).
  • Dr Elita Jauneikaite, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Evolution, transmission and antimicrobial resistance of pathogenic Group B streptococci (sponsor Dr Xavier Didelot).
  • Dr Dante Kalise, Mathematics, Multiscale optimal control of collective behavior phenomena (sponsor Professor Jose Plata).
  • Dr Florent Leclercq, Physics, The information content of the large-scale structure of the universe (sponsor Professor Alan Heavens).
  • Dr Rodrigo Ledesma-Amaro, Bioengineering, Engineering synthetic cell communities for biomedical applications (sponsor Dr Tom Ellis).
  • Dr James Lewis, Chemistry, Cooperativity within supramolecular networks towards single molecule detection (sponsor Dr Matthew Fuchter).
  • Dr Luca Modenese, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Patient specific musculoskeletal models to predict functional outcome of knee osteotomy (sponsor Dr Andrew Phillips).
  • Dr Peer- Johannes Nowack, Grantham Institute, Combining machine learning, state of the art numerical models and observation to advance climate science (sponsor Professor Martin Siegert).
  • Dr Indranil Pan, Centre for Environmental Policy, Systems modelling and decentralized intelligent control for next generation smart energy network (sponsor Dr Niall MacDowell).
  • Dr Bhopal Pandeya, Centre for Environmental Policy, Developing citizen science-based approach for water and environmental decision making in Nepal (sponsor Professor Clive Potter).
  • Dr Martin Rajchl, Medicine, Learning clinically useful information from large-scale medical imaging data (sponsor Professor Paul Matthews).
  • Dr Anna Regoutz, Materials, Understanding Interfaces: X-ray Spectroscopy for Oxide Devices (sponsor Professor Neil Alford).
  • Dr Viktoriia Sharmanska, Computing, Deep Understanding of Human Behavior from Video Data: Action+Emotion Approach (sponsor Dr Stefanos Zafeiriou).
  • Dr Alex Thompson, Medicine, Non-invasive transcutaneous spectroscopy for the assessment of a leaky gut syndrome (sponsor Professor Robert Goldin).
  • Dr John Wickerson, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, From Relaxed Concurrency to Custom Hardware (sponsor Professor Peter Cheung).

Amongst other things, the 2016 cohort is investigating malaria transmission, the consequences of competition for scientists and a path to the discovery of Dark Matter.


The 2016 cohort includes

  • Hannah Slater, School of Public Health, Modelling the spatial heterogeneity of and the impact of spatially targeted interventions to eliminate malaria
  • James Myers, Department of Medicine, Multimodal Neuroimaging of Functional Brain Networks
  • Ver Luanni Feliciano Bilano, School of Public Health, Strategies for reduction of future premature deaths from non-communicable diseases in countries by the year 2035
  • Chin Pang Ho, Imperial College Business School, Data-Driven Dynamic Decision Making
  • Sarah Otner, Imperial College Business School, Winning Isn’t Everything: The Consequences of Competition for Scientists and Their Science
  • Timothy Adamo, Physics, Field theories as string theories
  • Rebecca Lee Kordas, Life sciences, Effects of individual thermal sensitivity, species interactions, and thermal adaptation on the responses of aquatic communities to environmental change
  • Aleksandar Ivanov, Chemistry, Smart Nanobrush Sensors for Real-Time and Label-Free Analysis of Small Proteins and Neurotransmitters in Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Paula Álvarez Cartelle, Physics, Antideuteron: A path to the discovery of Dark Matter
  • Charles Romain, Chemistry, From biomass to plastics: new methodologies and catalytic systems.
  • Andreas Kafizas, Chemistry, Moving towards the low cost solar generation of H2 fuel – how metal oxide heterojunctions can make this a reality
  • Aaron Vincent, Physics, Discovering dark matter with the Sun, effective field theories and global fits
  • Thomas James Haworth, Physics, Protoplanetary disc and photoevaporation, with torus-3dpdr
  • Edward Gryspeerdt, Physics, Quantifying the longwave radiative forcing from aerosol-cloud interactions
  • Giordano Scarciotti, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, A novel system theoretic approach for wireless power transfer systems with applications to implantable medical devices and consumer electronics
  • Francesca Ceroni, Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology, Investigation of the interdependence of cell growth and gene expression in mammalian and cancer cells
  • Alister Bates, Bioengineering, The next generation of respiratory assessment tools
  • John Craske, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Archetectural fluid mechanics in the design and robust operation of buildings
  • Nasrin Al Nasiri, Materials, Environmental barrier coatings for jet engine’s application

The 2015 cohort is exploring a synthetic biology approach for the cure of cancer, hip and knee replacement, the role of magma in the break-up of continents, and more. 


The 2015 cohort includes

  • Dane Austin, Physics, Exploiting intense few-cycle long-wavelength pulses for x-ray and particle beams
  • Anna Barnard, Chemistry, Selective Helix-Mimetics as Potential Malaria Therapeutics
  • Rebecca Bellovin, Mathematics, P-adic Hodge Theory in Rigid Analytic Families
  • Luca Biancofiore, Mechanical Engineering, Unravelling the Complexity of Fluid Lubrication
  • Nicholas Bristowe, Materials, Designing functionality at oxide interfaces
  • Daniel Brown, Medicine, Activation of the bacterial stress response by the major alternative transcription machinery and its role in bacterial pathogenesis
  • Matteo Oryem Ciantia, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Simulating Civil Engineering Boundary Value Problems using DEM
  • Ilaria Dorigatti, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Within-host dynamics of dengue virus pathogenesis and the human antibody response
  • Leiming Gao, Aeronautics, A complete wear model with predictions of wear particle migrations in the hip and knee replacements
  • Sara Ghoreishizadeh, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Fully Autonomous Integrated Circuit to Readout and Auto-Calibrate Multi-Target Biosensor Arrays (AutoIC)
  • Angela Goode, Materials, Mapping functionality at the molecular level for applications in electronics and biology
  • Edward Hill, Physics, Probing Exotic States of Matter with a Tabletop Particle Accelerator
  • Sania Jevtic, Mathematics, Physics Beyond the Quantum: Analysing Macroscopic Systems using Generalised Microscopic Theories
  • Irina Kabakova, Physics, Brillouin endoscope for arterial stiffness measurement
  • Benjamin Lehne, School of Public Health , Understanding the Molecular Mechanism Underlying the Association of Genetic Variants with Complex Human Diseases
  • Craig Magee, Earth Science and Engineering, The role of magma in the break-up of continents
  • Kirsten McEwen, Life Sciences, Molecular mechanisms of haploinsufficiency
  • Rafal Mostowy, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Understanding the contribution of horizontal exchange of genes to the evolution of antigenic diversity in bacteria.
  • Ali Salehi-Reyhani, Chemistry, Novel high-throughput platform for quantitative and multiplexed single cell protein analysis
  • Peter Sarkies, Institute of Clinical Science, Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance and Evolution
  • Velia Siciliano, Medicine, A synthetic biology approach for the cure of cancer
  • Paolo Turrini, Computing, Designing Negotiation Spaces for Collective Decision Making


The 2014 cohort is exploring coronary heart disease, robot learning and control, optimisation of pulmonary drug delivery, quantum dynamics and memory consolidation during sleep, and more.

The 2014 cohort includes

  • Dr Teresa Thurston, Medicine, Investigating Novel Mechanisms that Protect Cells from Bacterial Invasion
  • Dr Tobias Warnecke, Medicine, Comparative Analysis of Transcription Errors
  • Dr Andre Brown, Medicine, Systems Genetics of A Model Collective Behaviour
  • Dr Rens de Groot, Medicine, Targeting the ADAMTS7/COMP Axis and Its Role In Coronary Heart Disease
  • Dr Michael Mielewczik, National Heart and Lung Institute, Innovative Point-Of-Care Physiological Quantification by Generalists Using Echocardiographic Measurements Under Automated Guidance
  • Dr Linda Oude Griep, School of Public Health, The Metabolic Role of Vegetables, Pulses, and Nuts in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
  • Dr Marc Deisenroth, Computing, Robot Learning and Control from High-dimensional sensory Inputs with Application to Neurotechnology
  • Dr Laura Nicolaou, Mechanical Engineering, A computational laboratory for the optimisation of pulmonary drug delivery
  • Dr Na Ni, Materials, Understanding interfaces in solid oxide fuel cells
  • Dr Vamsi Ganti, Earth Science and Engineering, Quantifying paleo-lanscape dynamics from the rock record. We would like to congratulate Dr Ganti on being awarded a Luna B Leopold Young Scientist award by the American Geophysical Union
  • Dr Tom Bond, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Identification and public health impact of hazardous byproducts from drinking water disinfection
  • Dr Qilei Song, Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology, Design and Fabrication of Novel Molecularly Defined Functional Nanomaterials
  • Dr Peter Ellison, Mechanical Engineering, Preclinical test methods for orthopaedic medical devices
  • Dr Vassili Vorontsov, Materials, Understanding high-temperature deformation in future generation superalloys
  • Dr Jonathan Ben-Artzi, Mathematics, Applications and Analysis of First Order Differential Operators
  • Dr Astrid Eichhorn, Physics, The fundamental quantum nature of gravity and matter
  • Dr Joy Farnaby, Chemistry, New routes to multi-metallic nano- and bulkmaterials containing f-block elements
  • Dr Julia Harris, Life Sciences, The energetics of memory consolidation during sleep
  • Dr Thomas Ouldridge, Mathematics, Energy and information in cellular sensing, prediction and signal transduction
  • Dr Bjoern Penning, Physics, Discovering Dark Matter at the LHC
  • Dr Andrew Telford, Physics, Wiring hybrid heterojunctions: optimising the electronic properties of printable solar cells and light emitting devices through structural control of critical nanointerfaces

 The 2013 cohort is exploring issues such as mathematical acoustics, bowel cancer diagnosis, podoconiosis (nonfilarial elephantiasis) and the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

A number of this cohort has now secured permanent lectureships at other top universities, including Manchester, or have been promoted to lectureships within Imperial.

The 2013 cohort includes:

  • Dalal Alrajeh, Computing, Automated Diagnosis and Repair of Declarative Specifications
  • Raphael Assier, Mathematics, Mathematical acoustics: towards a safe, silent and sustainable aircraft
  • Avraham (Avi) Braun, Physics, The Physics of High Carrier Injection Rates in Concentrator Photovoltaics
  • Tanai Cardona Londono, Life Sciences, Origin and Evolution of Photosynthetic Reaction Centres. High Resolution Crystal Structure of the Photosynthetic Reaction Centre from three odd anoxygenic photoautotrophs: Roseiflexus, Heliobacterium and Chlorobium
  • Christopher Chen, Physics, Turbulent Heating of Astrophysical Plasmas
  • Neil Clancy, Department of Surgery & Cancer, Multimodal Optical Imaging Techniques for Bowel Cancer Diagnosis, Guidance and Treatment during Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Charlotte Dodson, National Heart and Lung Institute, Using single molecule techniques to inform drug discovery in protein kinases
  • Aleksandra Filipovic, Department of Surgery & Cancer, Nicastrin as a novel therapeutic target in breast cancer
  • Mazdak Ghajari, Aeronautics, Numerical and Experimental Investigation of Traumatic Axonal Injury due to Impact and Blast
  • James Harker, National Heart and Lung Institute, Contextual manipulation of the IL-6 family of cytokines to alter and enhance CD4+ T cell immunity
  • Angela Kedgley, Bioengineering, In vivo biomechanics of the hand: The effects of osteoarthritis and ageing
  • Nicholas Kirkby, National Heart and Lung Institute, Role of COX-2 in the innate immune recognition of viral infection; potential of COX-2 inhibitors as a novel anti-viral therapy
  • Jennifer Le Blond, Earth Science & Engineering, Investigating the geochemical characteristics of soils as a possible causal factor in podoconiosis: examples from Ethiopia and Cameroon
  • Kathleen McCaffrey, Department of Medicine, Hepatitis C Virus: infection, inflammation and immune evasion
  • Mirabelle Muuls, Imperial College Business School, The impact of European Union Emissions Trading Scheme on competitiveness: an analysis of trade and prices
  • Diego Oyarzun, Mathematics, Genetic control of metabolic phenotypes and noise. Diego has been awarded a Young Investigator Grant from the Humam Frontier Science Program.
  • Remi Peyronnet, National Heart and Lung Institute, Mechano-pharmacology of the heart: mechanical modulation of cardiac drug effects studied using a novel combination of patch- and force-length clamp of intact heart cells
  • Christopher James Rhodes, Department of Medicine, Idiopathic and heritable forms of pulmonary arterial hypertension
  • Gareth Roberts, Earth Science & Engineering, Uplift, denudation and sedimentary flux of the continents over the last 100 million years
  • Claire Turner, Department of Medicine, In depth analysis of emm89 S. pyogenes
  • Laura Louise Yates, National Heart and Lung Institute, Cell polarity: A novel mediator in the pathogenesis of COPD and lung cancer

The 2012 cohort are researching in areas ranging across neurodegenerative disorders, neglected tropical diseases, epigenetics, algebraic geometry, electromagnetic waves, synchrotron X-rays, optoelectronics, quantum mechanics and general relativity.

Half of the 2012 cohort were already working at Imperial and another third are from other top institutions including the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, and Tokyo. A small number were previously based in industrial organisations, including the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

The 2012 cohort includes:

  • Niamh O'Sullivan, Medicine, Protein clearance in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Luca Magnani, Surgery & Cancer, Epigenetic reprogramming of resistant breast cancer
  • Susie Maidment, Earth Science & Engineering, Latitudinal biodiversity gradients in deep time
  • Mark Perry, National Heart & Lung Institute, Regulation of airway smooth muscle proliferation and inflammatory gene expression
  • Poppy Lamberton, Public Health, Effects of mass drug administration on Schistosoma population dynamics
  • Sergio Bertazzo, Materials, Exploring calcification in the circulatory system. Sergio's JRF experience helped him to become a finalist for the International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge
  • Alexander Casson, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Aiding ageing populations by bridging gaps between circuits and applications
  • Ilse-Sanet Pienaar, Medicine, Deep brain stimulation in Parkinsonism
  • Maxime Huvet, Life Sciences, Evolutionary systems biology of bacterial transcriptional regulation
  • Sophie Helaine, Medicine, Functional analysis of toxin/antitoxin modules in Salmonella
  • Miguel Navarro-Cia, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Infrared travelling wave antennas and efficient radiation-to-localized-energy coupling and spectroscopy
  • Connor Myant, Mechanical Engineering, Bio-lubrication of artificial and natural joints
  • Kevin Lovelock, Chemistry, Mass spectrometry of ionic liquids
  • Raffaella Gadaleta, Surgery & Cancer, Therapeutic targets in prostate cancer
  • Hugo Bronstein, Chemistry, Triplet sensitized conjugated polymers for organic photovoltaics
  • Yoshinori Gongyo, Mathematics, Minimal model programme and the abundance conjecture
  • Jordi Bures Amat, Chemistry, Design of organocatalysts based on a Curtin-Hammett scenario. Jordi's JRF experience has helped him to secure a permanent position as Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at The University of Manchester.
  • Simon Pooley, Ecology & Evolution, A new approach to conservation science, policy and practice
  • Ville-Petri Friman, Life Sciences, Environmental change and evolutionary rescue in evolving multi-species communities
  • Stephane Kena-Cohen, Physics, Hybrid optoelectronics approaches to solid-state lighting and sensing
  • Eoin Butler, Physics, Testing gravity using a Bose-Einstein condensate matter interferometer

The 2011 cohort are working on semiconductors, polymer nanocomposition, black holes, asthma, wave energy converters and cancer.

More than half of the intake previously held positions at Imperial; the rest joined us from other institutions including UCL and the University of California.

Halfway into their time on the JRF scheme, a small number of the 2011 cohort have already been promoted within Imperial; their new positions include that of Senior Research Fellow, Laboratory Team Leader, Lecturer, and Assistant Professor.

The 2011 cohort includes:

  • Wolfram Wiesemann, Computing, Fast solution of semidefinite programs on integrated circuits.Wolfram's JRF experience has helped him to secure the position of Assistant Professor at Imperial College London.
  • Georgios Giamas, Surgery & Cancer, Characterisation of the oncogenic role of LMTK3 in cancer. Georgios has recently been awarded a NIHR Senior Research Fellowship.
  • Jill Johnson, NHLI, The role of growth factors in asthma. Jill's JRF experience has helped her to secure independent funding in the form of an MRC New Investigator Research Grant.
  • Monika Bajorek, Medicine, Cellular and viral components in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) assembly and budding processes. Monika's position as a JRF has helped her to win a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant from the European Commission.
  • Simona Parrinello, Clinical Sciences, Heterotypic Eph/ephrin-mediated signalling in regeneration and cancer. Simona's JRF experience has helped her to secure a Royal Society Research Grant.
  • Leron Borsten, Physics, Quantum gravity, entanglement and black holes. Leron has been awarded an ERC travel grant to contribute towards his JRF research work. He went on to receive a 5-year Schrödinger Fellowship
  • Thomas Churcher, Public Health, Investigating the dynamics of malaria elimination. Thomas has been awarded funding from the Malaria Vaccines Initiative Global Program for his JRF research work.
  • Elena Goicoechea de Jorge, Medicine, The biological role of the CFHR5 in renal disease.
  • Matthew Lilley, Physics, Magnetic and kinetic islands in fusion plasmas. Matthew's JRF research has fostered an industrial collaboration with the first ever privately funded company in mainstream fusion research.
  • Philip Mannion, Earth Science & Engineering, Unravelling the fate of vertebrates during the end-Cretaceous mass extinction: gradual or abrupt, regional or global? Philip's JRF helped him to secure an Early Career Leverhulme Fellowship
  • Reto Mueller, Mathematics, Ricci flow singularities in higher dimensions and related problems.
  • Alisyn Nedoma, Chemical Engineering & Chemical Technology, Engineering sustainable polymer nanocomposites for energy harvesting. Alisyn has been specially selected to present her JRF research results at the Rank Prize Funds Symposia.
  • Edward Segal, Mathematics, B-branes in landau-ginzburg models.
  • Oleksiy Sydoruk, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Plasmonic control of charge carriers in semiconductors.
  • Kirill Veselkov, Surgery & Cancer, A systems biology driven approach to prediction of personalised sepsis outcomes. Kirill's JRF research has helped him to win the Award for the Best Presentation at the 2012 London Surgical Symposium. In 2015, Kirill was named among the World Economic Forum's "40 extraordinary scientists under 40".
  • Stefanos Zafeiriou, Computing, Dynamic facial behaviometrics (D-FaBio). Stefanos' JRF experience has helped him to secure the position of Lecturer in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition within the Department of Computing at Imperial College.
  • Valentin Heller, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Wave energy converters - A hybrid model approach to investigate their performance and scaling similarity. Valentin’s JRF experience has helped him to secure a NERC New Investigators Grant and to win the 17th Harold Jan Schoemaker Award for the most outstanding paper published in the Journal of Hydraulic Research.

The 2010 cohort are conducting research in areas ranging from nanoscience, quantum physics, new liquid fuels, solar cells, obesity, heart failure, cancer, and sleep.

About a third of the 2010 intake previously held positions at Imperial, others have joined us from other institutions including Oxford University, Cambridge University, and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), as well as from industrial companies including Microsoft.

A significant number of the 2010 cohort have now secured permanent Lectureships or Assistant Professorships at top research universities including Imperial, Cambridge, and the National University of Singapore.

The 2010 cohort includes:

  • Eva-Maria Graefe, Mathematics, Towards a semiclassical framework for non-Hermitian quantum theories. Eva-Maria's fellowship helped her win a L'OREAL For Women In Science fellowship
  • Gareth Hall, Physics, A new approach to fusion using electrically-driven spherical implosions
  • Ahsan Nazir, Physics, Harnessing noise to generate robust quantum states and efficient quantum transport. Ahsan's JRF experience has helped him to secure a fellowship within the Photon Science Institute at The University of Manchester, where he is establishing his own research group.
  • Andrew Ashley, Chemistry, Homogeneous hydrogenation of carbon dioxide to liquid fuels. Andrew's JRF experience has helped him to secure an Imperial College Lectureship in Catalysis of Renewable Fuel Systems; he will commence his new position in October 2013.
  • Thomas Kirchartz, Physics, Understanding the open circuit voltage in polymer fullerene bulk heterojunction solar cells
  • Alexander Thom, Chemistry, Novel theoretical methods for molecular excited states. Alex's JRF experience has helped him to secure a permanent position as Lecturer at the University of Cambridge and Director of Physical Natural Sciences at Magdalene College.
  • Giorgio Gilestro, Cell & Molecular Biology, Sleep in drosophila. Giorgio's JRF experience has helped him to secure a permanent position as Lecturer in Neurosystems Biology at Imperial College.
  • Julie Balen, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Strengthening health systems from within: evaluation of local stakeholder perceptions on structures and processes which contribute to health equity-effectiveness. Julie has been invited to present her JRF research at the West African Platform for HIV Intervention Research Retreat and the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research.
  • Patrizia Camelliti, NHLI, Heart tissue slices as a new in vitro tool for the study of remodelling in heart failure and reverse remodelling from mechanical unloading
  • Jia Li, Surgery & Cancer, Systems biology modelling of personalised surgical outcomes. Jia's JRF experience has helped her to win a Bioanalysis Young Investigator Award. Then in 2015, Jia was named among the World Economic Forum's "40 extraordinary scientists under 40".
  • Nachiket Kapre, EEE, High-level system architecture for reconfigurable computing. Nachiket's JRF experience has helped him to secure the position of Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  • Nicholas Florin, Chemical Engineering & Chemical Technology, Synthetic CO₂ sorbents for advanced energy and industrial applications using carbonate looping
  • Paolo Costa, Computing, CAN-DO: clean state approach to next-generation data-centre operations. Paolo's JRF experience has helped him to secure a permanent position at Microsoft Research Cambridge.
  • Michael Girard, Bioengineering, Engineering tools for novel diagnosis and risk profiling in glaucoma: in vivo assessment of optic nerve head biomechanics.
    Michael's JRF experience has helped him to secure the position of Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore.
  • Cecilia Mattevi, Materials, Graphene thin films for Plasmonics. Cecilia's JRF experience has helped her to secure a Royal Society University Fellowship to continue her research at Imperial College.
  • Fang Xie, Materials, Early diagnostics by metal induced florescence enhancement. Fang's JRF experience has helped her to secure an EPSRC-funded International Research Collaborations award.
  • Gerald Thomas, CHoSTM, British state expertise in food, construction, and Defence, 1945-1975

The 2009 cohort explored issues such as how galaxies form and using organic solar cells to generate cheap, long-term energy. 

Half of the 2009 cohort were already working at Imperial and half joined us from other institutions, including the University of Oxford and Stanford University.

A significant number of the 2009 cohort have now secured permanent Lectureships or Assistant Professorships at top research universities including Imperial, Cambridge, King's College London, Warwick, Edinburgh, and Bristol.

The 2009 cohort includes:

  • Jacques Behmoaras, Investigative Science, Understanding the genetic basis of glomerular inflammation. Jacques' JRF experience has helped him to lead as Principal Investigator in securing a Wellcome Trust Project Grant and to be promoted to a permanent non-clinical Lectureship at Imperial College London.
  • Giuliano Casale, Computing, Service-Oriented Applications: Models, Burstiness, and Cost/Performance Tradeoffs. Giuliano's JRF experience has helped him to secure the position of Co-Chair of the ACM SIGMETRICS/Performance International Conference, and to be appointed to a permanent Lectureship in Computing at Imperial College.
  • Silvia Diez-Gonzalez, Chemistry, Development of Practical Copper Catalysis for Organic Synthesis: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Silvia's JRF experience has helped her to achieve a promotion to the permanent position of Lecturer in Catalysis at Imperial College, and to form her own independent research group.
  • Nick Evans, Chemistry, Air- and light-stable organic solar cells. Results from Nick's JRF project enabled him to secure a Royal Society Research Grant.
  • Brian Ferguson, Medicine, Structure and function of vaccinia virus protein N2: an inhibitor of apoptosis or innate immune signalling. Brian's JRF experience has helped him to secure a permanent Lectureship in the Pathology Department at Cambridge University.
  • Claudia Garetto, Mathematics, Generalised Fourier integral operators and systems with multiple characteristics. Claudia's JRF research has helped her and her collaborators to win the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Daiwa Adrian Prize.
  • Andrea Jimenez Dalmaroni, Life Sciences, Physical models of cytoskeletal reorganization in response to cell geometry. Andrea's JRF experience has helped her to secure an EPSRC-funded "Bridging the Gaps" grant.
  • Sugata Kaviraj, Physics, The formation and evolution of early-type galaxies. Sugata's JRF research has helped him to win the Winton Capital Award of the Royal Astronomical Society.
  • Eduard Maron, Medicine, Delineation of the brain pathways of antidepressant treatment using functional MRI. Eduard's JRF research has helped him to win the Estonian National Academy of Science National Award, the Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum Rafaelsen Young Investigator Award, and an International Research Staff Exchange Scheme Grant from the European Commission.
  • Jahnavi Phalkey, Humanities, Accelerating for peace: The American decade of nuclear research in India. Jahnavi's JRF experience has helped her to secure a permanent position as a Lecturer at King's College Univeristy.
  • Albert Phillimore, Life Sciences, From birds to bacteria; how does ecology control the opportunity for speciation. Albert's JRF experience has helped him to secure a NERC Advanced Fellowship and position as Head of Research Group at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Atul Sharma, Aeronautics, Modelling for flow control. Atul's JRF experience has helped him to secure a permanent Lectureship in Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University Of Sheffield.
  • Michael Gastner, Mathematics, Flow and navigation in complex dynamic networks. Michael's JRF experience has helped him to win a European Commission Marie Curie Fellowship and to secure a Lectureship in Engineering Mathematics at the University of Bristol.
  • Deirdre Hollingsworth, Public Health, Impact of travel and migration on malaria elimination in Africa. Deirdre's JRF experience has helped her to secure a joint appointment as Assistant Professor for the University of Warwick and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
  • Jaesuk Hwang, Physics, Single atom detection and manipulation via nano-optics and plasmonics. Jaesuk has been awarded a Royal Society Research Grant and an EPSRC Research Grant to further his JRF work.
  • Elisabeth Kugelberg, Medicine, Role of polysaccharide capsules in microbial pathogenesis. Having published her JRF research papers in prestigious journals including Genetics and PLoS One, Elisabeth has since been offered and accepted a scientific editing position at Nature Reviews Endocrinology.
  • John Travers, Physics, The Ultra-Fast Dynamics of Continuous-Wave Supercontinuum Generation. John's JRF position was instrumental in getting him to his current position as Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light.