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Research Project Grants 2017


Dr Christophe Aissa
University of Liverpool 
Cubene: synthesis beyond strain

Dr Nick Aldred
Newcastle University
Going back to basics: reverse engineering the adhesive of the sea anemone Aiptasia pallida

Professor Harry Anderson
University of Oxford
Synthesis of new allotropes of carbon: cyclocarbon catenanes

Professor Richard Baines
University of Manchester 
Is cryptochrome a magnetoreceptor? 

Professor Declan Bates
University of Warwick
Towards a comprehensive theory of feedback control for chemical reaction networks

Dr Karl Bates
University of Liverpool
Bones in motion: a new integrated experimental-computational approach to understanding the evolution of human locomotion

Dr Claudia Blindauer
University of Warwick
A quantitative framework linking extracellular zinc speciation and cell uptake

Dr Will Branford
Imperial College London
Sculpting and training the artificial spin ice network
£216, 470

Dr Kate Britton
University of Aberdeen
Integrative approaches to Late Pleistocene herbivore ecology, ranging and diet 

Dr Stephen Brusatte
University of Edinburgh 
Dissecting an evolutionary transition: how ancient crocs went from land to water

Dr Michael Bryant
University of Leeds 
Bio-inspired functional poro-elastic materials

Dr Julio Cesar Bueno de Andrade
University of Exeter
Moments of L-functions in function fields and random matrix theory

Professor Nigel Burroughs
University of Warwick
Mechano-sensing of a molecular machine

Dr Martin Cann
Durham University
How cyanobacteria detect carbon dioxide: molecular events in the global carbon cycle

Dr Bin Cheng
University of Surrey
Mathematical analysis of ‘near resonance’ in the physical world of finiteness

Dr Vijay Chudasama
University College London
Understanding how the microenvironment of a protein can dictate the course of bioconjugation

Dr Lyubov Chumakova
University of Edinburgh 
Dynamic self-organization of stochastic intracellular transport

Dr Edmund Cussen
University of Strathclyde 
Dynamic correlations in new frustrated magnetic materials and new magnetic states of matter

Professor Gideon Davies
University of York
Discovery, dissection and exploitation of sulfoquinavose metabolism
£245, 571

Professor Ilan Davis
University of Oxford
Elucidating the functions of mRNA stability regulation in synaptic plasticity

Dr Caroline Dessent
University of York 
Illuminating sunscreens: new approaches to a molecular understanding of photoprotection

Professor Kishan Dholakia
Univerity of St Andrews
Making the most of interference: new metrology applications of laser speckle

Professor Darren Dixon
Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford
A new light on chiral amine synthesis

Professor John Doonan
Aberystwyth University
The cellular basis of ecosystem engineering by sphagnum peatmoss

Dr Agapi Emmanouilidou
University College London
Exotic forms of matter in molecules driven by free-electron lasers

Professor Boris Gaensicke
University of Warwick
Evolved planetary systems: a unique window into the composition of other worlds

Dr Malte Christian Gather
University of St Andrews
Lighting up the brain: organic LEDs as light sources for optogenetics

Dr Julien Gautrot
Queen Mary, University of London  
2D composites with controlled nano-mechanics for the culture of stem cells on liquid carriers

Dr Katsuichiro Goda
University of Bristol 
Global earthquake resilience for natural-engineering-social interacting systems

Dr Richard Grainger
University of Birmingham 
Controlled release of reactive di- and triatomic molecules

Dr Duncan Greig
University College London
Identification and analysis of speciation genes in yeast

Dr Randa Herzallah
Aston University
Control of behavioural dynamics

Dr Constanze Hesse
University of Aberdeen 
Handle with care: material properties in vision and action control

Dr Robert Hindges
King’s College London 
Defining the molecular diversity of specific synaptic interactions

Professor Mark Hodson
University of York
Seeing earthworms in the dark

Professor Michael Holdsworth
University of Nottingham
Why did a unique oxygen-sensing mechanism evolve in land plants?

Professor Peter W H Holland
University of Oxford
Extreme molecular evolution in an extreme environment: homeobox genes gone awry

Professor Stefan Howorka
University College London
New chemical tools to probe lipid bilayer thickness in live cells

Dr Abusaleh Jabir
Oxford Brookes University
Monitor: a self-reparable memristive gas sensor array

Dr Robert Jack
University of Bath
A self-consistent coarse-graining method for soft-matter systems

Professor Jaroslaw Kedra
University of Aberdeen
The geometry of conjugation invariant norms on groups

Professor Keith Jones
University of Southampton
Understanding meiotic drive: how Mendel’s law is cheated in oocytes

Professor Jane Kaye
University of Oxford
Biomodifying technologies: governing converging research in the life sciences

Dr Charlotte Kestner
University of Central Lancashire 
Measurability and generalised measurablity through fields and Fraisse amalgams

Professor Syma Khalid
University of Southampton
Combining quantum and classical methods to study bacterial membrane enzymes 

Dr Istvan Kiss
University of Sussex
Bayesian inference and approximations of high-dimensional network models

Professor Stefan Krause
University of Birmingham
Plastic rivers: fate and transport of microplastics in rivers

Professor Mark Leake
University of York
Probing the shape of DNA by twisting, pulling and ‘seeing’ single molecules

Dr Steven Lind
University of Manchester
Predicting leaping liquids: increasing our understanding of the Kaye effect

Dr Jan Lindstrom
University of Glasgow
Evolutionary ecology and dynamics of pharyngeal microbial communities in humans

Dr Crispin Little
University of Leeds
Macroevolution in Boreal Ocean Jurassic-Cretaceous methane seep communities

Dr Louis Y P Luk
Cardiff University 
Designing multifunctional organocatalytic artificial enzymes

Dr Emma McCabe
University of Kent
Ferroelectricity: new mechanisms and materials by combined experiment and theory

Professor Peter McClintock
University of Lancaster 
Conduction and selectivity between monovalent ions within the potassium channel

Dr Alistair McCormick
University of Edinburgh
Surpassing evolution to enhance photosynthesis using algal CO2 superchargers

Dr James McCutcheon
University of Leicester
Neural and peripheral generation of a specific appetite for protein

Dr William McGeown
University of Strathclyde
An investigation of the neural bases of hypnosis and suggestibility

Dr Abbie C Mclaughlin
University of Aberdeen
Investigation of novel hexagonal perovskite oxide ion conductors

Professor Fiona Meldrum 
University of Leeds 
An imaging approach to understanding confinement effects on crystallisation 

Dr Katherine Messenger
University of Warwick
Syntactic priming as implicit learning: comparing second and first language speakers

Professor Thomas Mock
University of East Anglia
Molecular underpinnings of adaptive evolution in diatoms of polar oceans

Dr Lisa Mol
University of the West of England
Ballistic damage of stone heritage structures in conflict areas

Professor Pat Monaghan
University of Glasgow
Mechanisms underlying the growth-lifespan trade-off

Dr Antonio Moro
Northumbria University 
Dressing methods and complexity reduction for integrable networks models

Dr Daniel Mulvihill
University of Glasgow
Fundamental mechanical behaviour of nano and micro structured interfaces 

Professor David Murphy
University of Bristol
How does the one-humped Arabian camel survive in the desert without drinking?

Dr Marko Nardini
Durham University
Learning to perceive and act under uncertainty

Professor Geoffrey Nash
University of Exeter 
Biomemetic swimming using surface acoustic waves

Dr Dianne Newbury
Oxford Brookes University
Speaking backwards – sdrawkcab gnikaepS

Dr Ioannis Nezis
University of Warwick
What is the function of a cytoplasm-eating related protein in the nucleus?

Professor Christoph Ortner
University of Warwick 
The nature of interatomic forces in metallic systems

Dr Catherine O’Sullivan
Imperial College London
Fundamental analysis of the influence of structure on clay behaviour

Dr Alessandro Pandini 
Brunel University 
An integrated computational-experimental method to redesign protein dynamics 

Dr Catherine Parr
University of Liverpool 
Community assembly in old-growth tropical forest

Professor Robert Pawlak
University of Exeter
Optogenetic reprogramming of the anxiety circuit

Dr Richard Payne
University of York
Peatlands and climate change: linking the past with the future

Professor Tony Payne
University of Bristol
Glacial melt and water security in Central Asia 

Professor Chris Perry
University of Exeter
Predicting the significance of fish carbonates to the marine carbonate cycle

Professor Kim Plunkett
University of Oxford
Language mediated attention in infancy

Dr Barry Porter 
Lancaster University 
The emergent self-aware data dentre: autonomous software landscaping at scale 

Professor Alban Potherat
Coventry University
The non-linear states of convection in the Earth core

Professor Stephen D Price
University College London
Studies of radical-surface chemistry of relevance to the interstellar medium

Professor Christopher Reynolds
University of Essex 
Using novel computational modelling approaches to address biased agonism at the adenosine A1 receptor

Dr David Rippin
University of York
Archival polar photography – unearthing the forgotten record of glacier change

Dr Carol Robinson
University of East Anglia
Marine bacterioplankton respiration: a critical unknown in global carbon budgets

Dr Tamara Rogers
Newcastle University
Modeling inhomogeneous magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) in hot Jupiter atmospheres

Dr Misha Rudnev
University of Bristol
Geometry, combinatorics and algebra of sum-products

Professor Alfred William Rutherford 
Imperial College London 
Reconstructing the origin and evolution of oxygenic photosynthesis 

Professor Michael Ruzhansky
Imperial College London 
Analysis on frame decompositions

Dr Christopher Serpell
University of Kent 
Hierarchical and emergent assembly through the marriage of DNA and peptides

Dr Tom Sheppard
University College London 
An iterative approach to the synthesis of polyols 

Professor Peter Slater
University of Birmingham
Exploring carbonate incorporation in “oxide” materials: the hidden dopant 

Professor Alison Smith
University of Cambridge
Snow algae – are they the most abundant photosynthetic organisms in terrestrial Antarctica?

Dr Paul Smith
University of Nottingham 
Mobilization of lipophillic compounds from white fat: a role for voltage-gated Ca2+ influx?

Dr Michail Stamatakis
University College London
From molecules to chemical reactors by boosting kinetic Monte-Carlo

Professor Alexander Strohmaier
University of Leeds
Mathematical analysis of Casimir interactions

Dr Patrick Sturt 
University of Edinburgh 
Integration of information in reading 

Dr Junwang Tang
University College London 
Feasibility of continuous solar driven renewable fuel synthesis by a flow cell assembly

Dr Colin Tosh
Newcastle University
Predator-prey and prey-prey interactions driven by predator visual attention

Professor Mark Van Rossum
University of Edinburgh
Energy limited neural plasticity: learning with minimal changes

Dr Chris Venditti
University of Reading
The dynamics of extinction through time 

Dr Ross Waller 
University of Cambridge 
Reinventing the nucleus: dinoflagellates provide a model for histone-independent mechanisms of nuclear genome maintenance and function 

Dr Craig Walling
University of Edinburgh
Testing the evolutionary basis of the longevity response to dietary restriction

Professor David Whitmore
University College London
Can individual cells in culture tell the time of year?

Professor Sivaramesh Wigneshweraraj
Imperial College London
Molecular analysis of a bacterial metabolic break

Dr Gerald Williams
University of Essex
Searching for gems in the landscape of cyclically presented groups

Professor Matthew Wing
University College London 
Search for dark photons and investigation of QCD using novel accelerator scheme

Professor Dominic Wright
University of Cambridge 
Main group pyridyl chiral reporter (py-CR) reagents

Dr Alison Yao
University of Strathclyde
Control and applications of structured light and chiral molecules

Dr Anthony Yeates 
Durham University 
A variational approach to self-organisation in conducting fluids 

Professor Semir Zeki
University College London
Social influences on aesthetic judgments and their neural basis

Dr Xiaolei Zhang 
Queen’s University Belfast 
Atomic-level investigation on developing optimal pathways for liquid biofuels 

Dr Gan Zheng
Loughborough University 
Massive signal and data cooperation for densified wireless networks


Dr Simon Blockley
Royal Holloway, University of London
Unravelling the pattern, impacts and drivers of early modern human dispersals from Africa

Professor Kimberley Brownlee
University of Warwick
Investigating the ethics and politics of sociability

Professor Gregory Currie
University of York
Learning from fiction: a philosophical and psychological study

Dr Hella Eckardt
University of Reading 
Bridge over troubled water – ritual or rubbish found in Roman rivers

Professor Robert Garner
University of Leicester 
The Oxford Group and the emergence of animal rights: an intellectual history 

Professor Christopher Gerrard
Durham University
Risk and resilience in Europe: exploring historic responses to earthquakes 

Professor John Gowlett 
University of Liverpool 
Palaeoanthropological research in Kilombe Caldera, Kenya

Dr William Derek Hamilton 
University of Glasgow 
Setting artefacts free: an independent chronology for British Iron Age brooches 

Dr Oliver Harris
University of Leicester
Beyond the Three Age System: mapping a history of materials 3000–600 BCE

Professor Martin Jones
University of Cambridge 
Crops, pollinators and people: the long-term dynamics of a critical symbiosis

Dr Thomas Kjeldsen
University of Bath 
Mobilising historical flood data in support of modern flood risk assessments: the city of Bath

Dr Victoria Moul
King’s College London
Latin poetry in English manuscript verse miscellanies, c. 1550–1700

Dr Zahra Newby
University of Warwick
Materiality and meaning in Greek festival culture of the Roman Imperial period

Professor Patricia Owens
University of Sussex
Women and the history of international thought

Dr Christopher Pallant
Canterbury Christ Church University 
A History of Smallfilms Animation Studio: from a barn, to Bagpuss and beyond

Professor Martin Pickering 
University of Edinburgh 
Predictive processing during interaction in language and music 

Dr Leendert Plug
University of Leeds
Speech tempo perception and missing sounds

Dr Tamara Rathcke
University of Kent
Does language have groove? Sensorimotor synchronisation for the study of linguistic rhythm 

Professor Christopher Scull
University College London 
Lordship and landscape in East Anglia 400–800 CE

Professor Louise Sylvester
University of Westminster
Technical language and semantic shift in Middle English

Dr Jo Verhoeven
City, University of London
Measuring asymmetry in the articulation of English speech sounds.

Professor Li Wei
University College London
Early childhood bilingualism: effects on brain structure and function  

Social Sciences

Professor Nickie Charles
University of Warwick 
Shaping inter-species connectedness: training cultures and the emergence of new forms of human-animal relations

Professor Gordon Cumming
Cardiff University
Mobilising support for militaro-humanitarian intervention: beyond two-level games 

Professor Kavita Datta
Queen Mary, University of London
‘Disciplining’ the remittance marketplace? The financialisation of small and medium size money transfer operators (MTOs) after the financial crisis in London

Professor Abby Ghobadian
University of Reading 
Towards developing an empirically driven descriptive theory focusing on the formative phase of breakthrough technologies

Professor Nick Hanley
University of St Andrews 
Biodiversity offset markets for wetland conservation

Dr Eleanore Hargreaves
University College London
A longitudinal study of primary children’s journey at the ‘bottom’ of the class

Professor Janet Hunter
London School of Economics and Political Science 
Money markets and trade in early industrialisation: Britain and Japan, 1760–1860

Dr Keith Hyams
University of Warwick
Anthropogenic global catastrophic risk: the challenge of governance

Dr Sabine Hyland
University of St Andrews
Hidden texts of the Andes: deciphering the khipus (cord writing) of Peru

Professor Vasso Ioannidou
University of Lancaster
On the public disclosure of individual bank supervisory assessments 

Dr Margaretta Jolly
University of Sussex 
The business of women’s words: purpose and profit in feminist publishing

Dr Chris Jones
Aston University
Tax havens and emerging market multinational enterprises 

Professor Ben Lupton
Manchester Metropolitan University
Understanding blame in work organizations – a philosophical interpretation

Professor Duncan Mcvicar
Queen’s University Belfast
Zero hours contracts: characteristics, prevalence and impacts on workers

Professor John Mohan
University of Birmingham
Community-level perspectives on post-war change in the British voluntary sector 

Professor Anna Morcom
Royal Holloway, University of London
Music, money and power: an economic anthropology of music

Dr Heather Rolfe 
National Institute of Economic and Social Research 
Evidence and perceptions in the post-Brexit immigration debate 

Professor Fiona Ross
University of Reading
Women in type: a social history of women’s role in type-drawing offices, 1910–1990

Dr Steven Stanley
Cardiff University 
Beyond personal wellbeing: mapping the social production of mindfulness in England and Wales

Professor Joachim Stoeber 
University of Kent 
Development of childhood perfectionism: early indicators and parental factors 

Professor Jonathan Tonge
University of Liverpool
An evaluation of historical and contemporary debates on lowering the voting age 

Professor Richard Toye 
University of Exeter 
The age of promises: manifestos, election addresses and political representation 

Professor Jonathan C K Wells
University College London 
Age at marriage and human capital outcomes in mothers and offspring in Nepal

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