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Published: 2019-12-06

Umeå researcher prolongued as Wallenberg Academy Fellow

NEWS Sjoerd Wanrooij at the Department of Medical Chemistry and Biophysics receives funding for his research on DNA and aging renewed with another five-year period as Wallenberg Academy Fellow.

Text: Ola Nilsson

Sjoerd Wanrooij runs the project Using mitochondrial DNA to slow diseases of old age. He was appointed Wallenberg Academy Fellow in 2015, which meant five years of funding for the research. He now gets another five-year period and thus receives a total of ten years of research funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

In total, only 14 researchers in Sweden have received such an extension this year. That means a confirmation of important high-quality research.

Wallenberg Academy Fellows is a long-term program that addresses young researchers in medicine, natural sciences, engineering and technology, humanities and social sciences.

The program is set up in close cooperation with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry, the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities and the Swedish Academy.

In the end of the first five year period the Wallenberg Academy Fellows can be nominated for another five years of funding.

Read more at Knut & Alice Wallenberg Foundations web site.


Sjoerd Wanrooij
Associate professor