Seven talented researchers with a connection to the DNRF are among this year’s Villum Young Investigators

07. February 2019

Out of 21 researchers selected as this year’s Villum Young Investigators are seven researchers with a connection to the DNRF. The Villum Young Investigators program supports talented young researchers with an ambition to create their own independent research profiles.

(This year's Villum Young Investigators at the award ceremony at the Royal Library, Copenhagen. Photo: Villum Fonden)
(This year’s Villum Young Investigators at the award ceremony at the Royal Library, Copenhagen. Photo: Villum Fonden)

A new crop of talented young researchers has been selected by VILLUM FONDEN as this year’s Villum Young Investigators, and seven out of a total of 21 research talents have a connection to the DNRF. According to VILLUM FONDEN, the purpose of the Villum Young Investigators program is to support the best young researchers who have an ambition to build their own research groups over the next several years and create their own independent research profiles. Each researcher receives between 7 and 10 million DKK.

The following seven researchers with a connection to the DNRF are among the recipients:

  • YouZhou from DISCOVERY, University of Copenhagen, 10 million to the project “Creating a smallest droplet of early universe in the Laboratory”
  • Martin Schiller from STARPLAN, University of Copenhagen, 7,5 million to the project “Deciphering the role of mass transport processes in creating a habitable planetary system”
  • Michele Burello from QDev, University of Copenhagen, 10 million to the project ”Architectures for non-Abelian anyons”
  • Tonni Andersen from DynaMo, University of Copenhagen, 10 million to the project ”Passage cells – novel players in plant nutrient homeostasis and interaction with the environment”
  • Yunhong Ding from SPOC, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, 10 million to the project ”Silicon-Lithium Niobate Hybrid Integrated Quantum Photonics (QUANPIC)”
  • Adnan Halim from CCG, University of Copenhagen, 10 million to the project
    ”Exploring a novel type of protein glycosylation on cell-surface adhesion molecules and receptors”
  • Fernando Racimo from Center for GeoGenetik, University of Copenhagen, 9 million to the project ”Paleo-Phenomics: tracing complex trait co-evolution in ancient humans and dogs”

As Villum Young Investigators, the researchers will be part of a research network and will be invited to seminars annually with subjects such as recruitment and research leadership. Researchers on the same career level can benefit from these seminars.

The young researchers received the formal honorarium at the Royal Library in Copenhagen in connection with the award ceremony for the Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award in Science and Technology on January 23, 2019.

Read more about each researcher and his or her research project in an overview here.