The IAS awarded 14 Global Research Fellowships, appointed for up to five years from October 2012. There are currently five Fellows in this programme.
The purpose of this fellowship scheme is to attract postdoctoral researchers of the very highest calibre and to accelerate their careers. The fellows represent all four faculties of the University and embody the commitment of the IAS to inter-disciplinarity and international research. These prestigious appointments combine extended time to pursue the best research and advanced career training, together with the resources to achieve global mobility. Fellows are provided with resources to visit global partners and convene major symposia that allow them to engage with the international academic community.
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Current Global Research Fellows
Department of Physics
Dr Broomhall’s research focuses on solar and stellar physics, specifically helioseismology and asteroseismology. This involves probing inside the Sun by studying acoustic waves that travel through the solar interior; studying the properties of these oscillations, such as their frequency and amplitude, allows researchers to see inside the Sun. During her fellowship, Anne-Marie is using helioseisomological techniques to provide crucial insights into the Sun's enigmatic magnetic field. This helps to understand the violent magnetic eruptions that affect life on Earth and could impact on climate change studies. She is also using similar techniques to probe stars other than the Sun (asteroseismology), using data from NASAs Kepler satellite, leading to advances in theories of stellar evolution and influencing the search for habitable planets orbiting stars other than our own Sun.
Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies
Dr Mast works in the areas of theory, culture and politics. His work is cultural in that it focuses on how the outcomes of events are structured by processes of meaning construction and interpretation. He investigates events and political processes by focusing on how broad public meaning formations develop through constant interactions between political actors, media institutions and critics, and publics. His monograph 'The Performative Presidency: Crisis and Resurrection During the Clinton Years' was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012.
Jason’s fellowship has involved the organisation of a workshop in May 2014 on Liberal Barbarism and the Security Society with talks by Dr Erik Ringmar from Lund University, Sweden, and Dr Valentin Rauer, from the Goethe University Frankfurt.
Warwick Medical School
Dr Meadows’ research focuses on mitosis, the accurate segregation of chromosomes preceding physical cell division, with an interest in both in how chromosome segregation is achieved mechanistically and how its fidelity is monitored by a surveillance system known as the spindle assembly checkpoint. During this Fellowship, John aims to further understand the interplay between kinetochore structure and the activation and subsequent repression of the spindle checkpoint. Addressing significant gaps in current research, he is developing novel robust assays across multiple model organisms and using a multidisciplinary approach to answer them.
In May 2014, John organised a workshop on “Microtubules: Experimental and Theoretical Perspectives” with Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Roswitha Gostner, bringing together experts in theoretical microtubule modelling and experimental insight to generate new collaborations.
Department of Chemistry
Dr Pattison works in the development of useful new synthetic methodology of broad utility for organic synthesis. This involves transition metal catalysis, including asymmetric catalysis. During his fellowship he aims to develop new chemical reactions using transition metal catalysts; such catalytic reactions often proceed under mild conditions and minimise waste products which can be harmful to the environment, and these reactions will allow chemists to make new chemical bonds which are difficult to make using standard methodology.
Graham is focusing in particular on new methods for the synthesis of challenging carbon-fluorine bonds. This will be useful in the synthesis of new fluorinated radiotracers for Positron Emission Tomography, a developing bioimaging technique for the diagnosis of cancer and other disorders.
Department of Engineering
Dr Zhao works on Control Theory and Control Engineering, foucusing on four areas:1. Control of fluid-structure interaction with application on vibration suppression of large & flexible wind turbines, very flexible aircrafts, long-span suspension bridges and building structures; 2. Optimal control of wind power generation systems; 3. Control of power electronics; 4. Coupled infinite-dimensional control systems.
Department of Chemistry
Dr Davies was recently appointed as a Lecturer at University College London. She researches multifunctional nanostructures for biomedical applications. The aim of her fellowship is to use nanotechnology to diagnose and treat emerging diseases through the design and development of nanomaterials as multi-purpose Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) diagnosis and targeted stimuli-responsive therapeutic delivery vehicles: ‘theranostics’. Her research group uses chemical, physical analytical and biological approaches to provide a complete understanding of these materials towards their realistic application as new biomedical tools. Her work is highly interdisciplinary, lying at the interface between chemistry, materials science and medicine. The research group collaborates with polymer scientists, engineers, as well as the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University, to ensure that their work is clinically relevant and remains focused on addressing important healthcare issues.
In April 2014, IAS Global Research Fellow Dr Gemma-Louise Davies was invited to the Royal Society in London to meet the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins as part of his historic UK visit. The reception was promoting scientific achievement at the Royal Society and Gemma spoke with the President and delegates from the Irish Government, describing her research and research links between the UK and Ireland.
Dr Chleboun has recently taken up an Associate Professorship at the University of Oxford. Dr Chleboun's project aims to develop new techniques which are at the forefront of modern applied probability, statistical physics and computer science. He studies models of identical particles which undergo random motion, with particular interest in phenomena known as metastability and glassy dynamics. These models can represent particle motion in gasses, liquids or glasses, cars on a motorway, or units of wealth/money distributed among traders, and therefore have many applications across physics, social sciences, and biology.
In June 2014, Paul organised a three-day workshop on “Glassy Systems and Constrained Stochastic Dynamics” which brought together mathematicians and physicists working on stochastic dynamics to share new ideas and methods for studying glassy systems, with a view to establishing new research directions and collaborations.
Department of Politics and International Studies
Dr Fagan has recently taken up an Assistant Professorship in the department of Politics & International Studies, University of Warwick. Dr Fagan’s research engages with the theme of the politics of ethics: the ways in which different understandings of ethics can be used to justify political decisions and practices. Her first monograph Ethics and Politics after Poststructuralism: Levinas, Derrida, Nancy was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2013. Her fellowship project is titled “Future Ethics: Disaster, Catastrophe, Apocalypse” and explores understandings of ethics in contemporary popular culture, focusing on disastrous, apocalyptic and catastrophic future scenarios in the context of climate change. This incorporates film and literature which depict catastrophic or apocalyptic visions of environmental damage, seeking to analyse how narrations of future scenarios frame our understandings of ethics, to identify the political implications of these understandings, and to explore possible sites where alternatives might be found.
Dr Gadre is now a Lecturer at the University of Galsgow. Dr Gadre’s research is in pure mathematics in the areas of geometry, topology and dynamics. He specialises in the fields of hyperbolic geometry, Teichmuller theory and mapping class groups. During his IAS Fellowship, Vaibhav is working on several research projects. These include investigations into the statistical properties of random geodesics in the settings of hyperbolic geometry and Teichmuller theory and investigations into the coarse geometry of the complex of curves. During his fellowship, Vaibhav was invited to a trimester on random walks at the Institute Henri Poincare, Paris. He was also invited to speak at several international conferences and workshops. At Warwick, he organized a workshop titled "SL(2, R) dynamics on moduli space", a very active topic with two 2014 Fields medals awarded partly for the work in this area. The list of speakers consisted of reputed mathematicians with major contributions to this area.
Centre for Renaissance Studies
Dr Molekamp works on texts from the early sixteenth to late seventeenth century with an interest in the history of reading and early modern women writers. Her interdisciplinary project examines the use of “literary therapeutics” in the period to probe how early modern readers and writers engaged with texts to articulate, understand, and regulate emotions. This develops previous research on the role of affect in early modern female religious reading and writing, explored in her monograph Women and the Bible: Religious Reading and Writing in Early Modern England (Oxford University Press,2013). During her fellowship, Femke has organised the colloquium “Early Modern Approaches to the Imagination” (July 2013). She also has research interests in poetry and psychoanalysis, including clinical perspectives and is a founder and convenor of the “Psychoanalysis Across the Disciplines” Research Network at Warwick.
Centre for the Study of the Renaissance
Dr Prins’s research focuses on philosophy, aesthetics of music and music theory in the Renaissance and Early Modern world. She has published the monograph Echoes of an invisible world: Marsilio Ficino and Francesco Patrizi on cosmic order and music theory as well as a number of articles on Renaissance philosophy and music theory. Her IAS fellowship project, entitled ‘A well-tempered life’: Music, health and happiness in Renaissance learning', analyses the hitherto unexplored conception of ‘a well-tempered life’ in the writings of a group of Renaissance scholars including Marsilio Ficino, author of the first music oriented self-help guide for scholars, and Marin Mersenne, discoverer of the harmonic series who undermined Ficino’s ‘music therapy’. During her fellowship, Jacomien has organised an international conference titled Music, Emotions and Well-being: Historical and Scientific Perspectives held at the Centre for the History of the Emotions, Queen Mary University of London (June 2014).
Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies
Dr Puri now holds a Lectureship at the University of Bristol. Dr Puri’s research project “Interrogating Duty and Desire: Women's Magazines in Victorian Britain and India” investigates the woman’s magazine in Britain and India in the mid-to-late nineteenth century. Her project analyses English women’s magazines and their impact on constructing domestic ideology, and follows these magazines to India to explore the influence on emerging Indian women’s magazines. Tara’s research intervenes in debates about the relations between Victorian Britain and India, and the transnational exchange of goods and ideas between the two countries; it intends to answer questions about the influence of British domestic ideology in shaping Indian femininity and make visible networks of communication and the circulation of print in colonial India. Tara has organised several workshops during her fellowship, including “Print Culture and Gender in the British Empire” in June 2014.
Dr Sprittles now holds an Assistant Professorship in the Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick. Dr Sprittles researches fundamental fluid mechanical problems arising from technologically-relevant processes. Much of his work concerns the dynamics of liquids that are influenced by dynamic interfacial effects, i.e. by the physics occurring at their (often free) boundaries, which are ubiquitous throughout industry and nature. James’s research fellowship draws on close interaction between mathematical modelling, computational simulation and theory-driven experimental analysis to ensure success; James is concerned with the first two of these challenges, while experimental aspects are being conducted by collaborators in laboratories around the world. The results of this research have been published in a number of top journals. His research has also led to a number of collaborations with industrial partners such as Kodak European Research and Bell Labs.
Department of Sociology