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Promising young scientists join the faculty at Linköping University

Alzheimer’s disease, neural signal transfer, government policies on studies about climate warming, and gender issues in science—these are the scholarly issues of research apparent in LiUs second annual recruitment of post-doctoral fellows.

The articulated goal is to recruit top quality researchers to Linköping University. Promising young scholars are employed with the help of an extra government grant, around half a million Swedish kronor each, enabling them to build up their own research activities. Each year, four or five such post-doc positions will be established from the international scientific community.

"Our concept is to identify bright young people who have proven themselves to be talented researchers with promise of future accomplishment. We provide an opportunity for development into scientific excellence," explains Mille Millnert, rector and president at LiU.

Five newcomers will commence employment during the spring and summer of this year.

Peter Nilsson, born 1970, has bioorganic chemistry as his area of research. He specializes in conjugated polymers applicable to diagnose neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

In 2005, Peter Nilsson defended his thesis in the field of biomolecular science and organic electronics at Linköping University. During the next two years, he served as post-doc on the team of Professor Adriano Aguzzi at Universitätshospital Zürich, Schweiz.

Anki Brorsson, born 1969, is a biochemist who explores the kinetics of protein misfolding, a disorder that leads to Alzheimer’s. If science can uncover the mechanisms of misfolding, it might be possible to inhibit the disease.

In 2004, Anki Brorsson defended her thesis in chemistry/biochemistry at Umeå University, Sweden. Since August 2005, she has upheld a post-doc position with Professor Chris Dobson at the University of Cambridge, England.

Björn Granseth, born 1973, is a neural biologist whose research explores the ways nerve cells in the brain communicate by means of neurotransmitters passing between synapses and receptors. One goal is to find better ways of treating epilepsy.

Björn Granseth defended his thesis at Linköping University in 2003. During the next four years he served as post-doc at MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge, England, working with detailed studies of the mechanisms of synapses.

Eva Lövbrand, born 1973, is an environmental scientist who closely follows the development of governments policies for using scientific studies on climate warming. In 2006 she defended a thesis on the role of science and expertise in the Kyoto negotiations on land use change and forestry at Kalmar University.

In a current project, Eva Lövbrand studies the growing market in emissions trading. Since 2006, she has worked as a researcher at the Department of Political Science at Lund University and at the Center for Climate Science and Policy Research, CSPR, at Linköping University.

Cecilia Åsberg, born 1974, is a cross-disciplinary researcher of gender issues. She defended her thesis at Linköping University in 2005. Her international experience in education and research explores the popular media, natural sciences and technology in a European perspective.

For nearly three years, she has been associate professor at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Based at the Department of Gender Studies, Cecilia Åsberg has lectured, mentored, networked and organized many gender-focused programs and coordinated the EU project ADVANCE for women in science.


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Last updated: 2009-06-03