Ten new young scientists will start their doctoral studies at the Hector Fellow Academy this autumn and will receive financial support for up to four years
The 2023 selection process for new doctoral positions in the Hector Fellow Academy has been completed. A total of ten highly qualified young researchers were successful in the application process: Paul Greule, Maja Ilig, Richard Kantelberg, Laura Lankers, Katharina Lauk, Tiago Lereno Mesquita, Matteo Rovere, Abhinna Sundar Samantaray, Megha Varghese Mukherjee and Lochlan Walsh. They will begin their doctoral project at the Hector Fellow Academy in autumn. In addition to financial support from the Hector Fellow Academy, the young scientists will benefit in particular from top-class mentoring by renowned scientists, the Hector Fellows and Hector RCD Awardees. They become members of the interdisciplinary research network of the Hector Fellow Academy for the duration of their doctorate and will have the opportunity to participate in an advanced training program tailored to the doctoral phase.
The Hector Fellow Academy is characterized by its unique, interdisciplinary exchange in the natural and engineering sciences, medicine and psychology. This diversity is also reflected in the topics of the doctoral projects. The newly admitted young scientists focus on a wide range of research topics. One example is the study of rare genetic disorders in young children that are often fatal (Megha Varghese Mukherjee) or the search for the causes of Alzheimer's disease (Matteo Rovere). Another project focuses on personalized medicine and how mathematical modeling can be used to better translate promising therapies from research into clinical practice (Katharina Lauk).
At the interface of biology, physics, chemistry, and psychology are located other fascinating doctoral projects. Among others, they address the following questions: What is the algorithmic basis for pattern recognition in insect pollinators (Lochlan Walsh)? How does the contraction of self-assembled DNA nanotubes work (Maja Illig)? Paul Greule explores the use of single magnetic molecules as building blocks for new artificial spin systems in quantum information processing. Tiago Lereno Mesquita's research in Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology, meanwhile, focuses on neuronal mechanisms in sensitive phases of brain development.
Furthermore, Andrea Gonsek, Henrik Habeck and Marina Homs were admitted to the Hector Fellow Academy as Associated Young Researchers. The three doctoral researchers receive material resources for their research projects. They also have the opportunity to participate in the Hector Fellow Academy's training program and in networking events.
In the upcoming year, the Hector Fellow Academy will once again fund outstanding doctoral projects and accept young scientists into its interdisciplinary network for the duration of their doctoral project. The application period starts on January 15, 2024 and ends on March 31, 2024.