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Research Project Grants 2019

March 2019

Professor Manfred Auer
University of Edinburgh
Understanding the biological ramifications of a ‘forbidden’ peptide nullomer

Dr Iestyn Barr
Manchester Metropolitan University
Using glaciers to identify, monitor, and predict volcanic activity

Dr Roger Behrend
Cardiff University
The combinatorics of alternating sign matrices and plane partitions

Dr Pavel Berloff
Imperial College London
Eddy backscatter in primitive equations: mechanism and parameterisation

Dr Markus Bindemann
University of Kent
Face detection by humans

Professor Martin Buck
Imperial College London
Unravelling signaling for CARF domain functioning in RNA end joining

Professor Andrew Burrows
University of Bath
The controlled release of semiochemicals from porous materials for pest control

Professor J. Stephen Clark
University of Glasgow
A novel and efficient polyether synthesis based on apparent and latent symmetry

Dr Jonathan Codd
University of Manchester
Living inside a box: performance adaptations in turtles

Professor Markus Damian
University of Bristol
Does being bilingual work wonders for your brain?

Professor Andrew Ellis
University of Leicester
Chemical origins of atmospheric aerosols

Professor Emily Farran
University College London
LEGO® construction, spatial thinking and mathematics achievement

Dr Ruth Filik
University of Nottingham
Examining the causes and consequences of ‘risky’ reading in older adults

Professor Kevin Fowler
University College London
Understanding the coevolution of mitochondrial and nuclear genomes

Dr Jonathan Fraser
University of St Andrews
New perspectives in the dimension theory of fractals

Dr Elizabeth Fullam
University of Warwick
Photo-active probes for dissecting the mycobacterial glyco-proteome

Professor Hartmut Grote
Cardiff University
Search for quantisation of space-time with precision-interferometry

Dr Ceri Hammond
Cardiff University
Do zeolite catalysts mimic nature during aqueous phase methane oxidation?

Professor Julie Harris
University of St Andrews
Visual salience: patterns that maximally activate the visual system?

Dr Thomas Hayward
University of Sheffield
Harnessing complexity: neuromorphic computation with magnetic domain walls

Professor Alistair Hetherington
University of Bristol
Investigating the origin and evolution of stomata 

Dr Sui Jie
University of Bath
The ubiquitous self: testing the enhanced binding account

Dr Zerina Johanson
Natural History Museum
How to tuna fish: drivers of diversity in Pelagiaria (tunas, mackerels and kin) 

Dr Matthew Johnson
University of Sheffield
Elucidating metabolic control of photosynthetic membrane structure

Professor Cliff Jones
Newcastle University
Separation and interference: learning from the history of concurrency

Dr Nick Jones
Imperial College London
The control of mitochondrial populations

Professor Malgosia Kaczmarek
University of Southampton
DiG for the future: taming disorder in self-assembled materials with topology

Dr Andrew Kerridge
Lancaster University
Tuneable molecules for the exploration of heavy element chemical space

Dr Ilya Kuprov
University of Southampton
Inverse quantum theory using deep neural networks

Dr Reinhard Maurer
University of Warwick
Tunnelling or electronic friction: what controls hydrogen chemistry on metals?

Dr Wesley Moran
University of Huddersfield
Electrochemical synthesis with iodine compounds

Dr John Mulley
Bangor University
Decoding dark DNA

Dr Nikolai Pedentchouk
University of East Anglia
Deciphering past sea-ice dynamics using novel stable isotope proxies

Professor Josephine M Pemberton
University of Edinburgh
Mapping inbreeding depression in the wild

Dr Gareth Roberts
Imperial College London
Scaling regimes of landscapes and biodiversity

Dr Kazuya Saito
University College London
Does having a good ear promote successful second language speech learning? 

Professor Michael Shaver
University of Manchester
Polymeric frustrated Lewis pairs for carbon capture and hydrogenation

Dr Helena Shepherd
University of Kent
Synthesis of switchable molecules through mechanochemistry

Professor Alexandra Silva
University College London
Verification of machine learning algorithms

Professor Alison Smith
John Innes Centre
Origins of starch granule diversity in seeds of the grass family

Dr Lisa Smith
University of Sheffield
A plant-specific motor during cell division and seed development

Dr Adam Tierney
Birkbeck, University of London
Individual differences in dimensional weighting in speech perception

Dr Salvador Tomas
Birkbeck, University of London
Controlling chemical reactivity in the cavity of lipid vesicles

Professor Mark Trimmer
Queen Mary, University of London
Temperature and nitrogen modulated nitrous oxide fixation

Dr Joseph Wright
University of East Anglia
Metal hydrides probed using muon spectroscopy

Dr Yongde Xia
University of Exeter
Porous oxide-based catalytic membrane reactors for carbon dioxide conversion


Dr David Carey
Bangor University
Can cerebral asymmetries be predicted from behaviour?

Mr Nick Millea
University of Oxford
Understanding the medieval Gough Map through physics, chemistry and history

Dr Emily Selove
University of Exeter
A sorcerer's handbook: medieval Arabic magic in context

Professor Jon Williamson
University of Kent
Evidential pluralism in the social sciences

Social Sciences

Dr Katy Bennett
University of Leicester
Mapping multiculture: disrupting representations of an ethnically diverse city

Professor Jill Porter
University of Reading
Access and higher education: inclusive online learning for deaf students

Dr Krystal Wilkinson
Manchester Metropolitan University
An exploration of fertility/pre-conception and work

June 2019

Professor Dave Adams
University of Glasgow
Spatially- and temporally-controlled photothermal gels

Dr Donna Arnold
University of Kent
Designing magnetic materials with new frustrated topographies

Dr Patric Bach
University of Plymouth
Social perception as Bayesian hypothesis testing and revision

Dr Rebecca Bell
Imperial College London
Why do subductions zones exhibit widely-contrasting seismic behaviour?

Professor Robert Beynon
University of Liverpool
Grow fast or keep warm? Protein metabolism in the neonate

Dr Mikhail Cherdantsev
Cardiff University
Stochastic homogenisation of high-contrast composites

Professor Manish Chhowalla
University of Cambridge
Ultraclean contacts between 2D semiconductors and 3D metals

Dr Mingyuan Chu
University of Aberdeen
Giving cognition a helping hand: how gesture facilitates spatial thinking

Dr Rachel Crespo Otero
Queen Mary, University of London
Understanding the effect of aggregation in light-emitting organic crystals      

Professor Fabio Cuzzolin
Oxford Brookes University
Theory of mind at the interface of neuroscience and AI

Dr Simone De Liberato
University of Southampton
Electrical injection of hybrid phonons for low-cost mid-IR devices

Dr Barry Denholm
University of Edinburgh
Cell and molecular architecture of a countercurrent exchange system in a beetle

Professor Robert Angus William Dryfe
University of Manchester
Electrowetting on conductors: fundamentals and applications

Dr Thomas Dyer
University of Dundee
Engineering harbour surfaces to limit colonisation by invasive species

Dr Peter Ellis
University of Kent
Mechanisms of meiotic drive: how do genes break Mendel's laws?

Dr Katie Jayne Field
University of Leeds
Friend or foe; who wins in the competition for plant resources?   

Professor David Goulson
University of Sussex
Unravelling the ecology of mites on bumblebees

Professor Ivana Gudelj
University of Exeter
Quantifying the relationship between parasitic growth and host plant damage

Dr Jelle Hartong
University of Edinburgh
What is non-relativistic quantum gravity and is it holographic?

Professor Jeremy Henley
University of Bristol
What do Kainate receptors do in the brain and how do they do it?

Dr Andrew Ho
Royal Holloway, University of London
Intertwined superfluid and density-wave orders in quantum many-body systems

Professor David Hodell
University of Cambridge
Human–climate–environment interactions in the lowlands of northern Yucatan 

Dr Yongyun Hwang
Imperial College London
Assessing attached eddy hypothesis using quasi-linear approximations

Dr Anton Ilderton
University of Plymouth
Uncharted regimes of light–matter interactions

Dr Karen Johnston
University of Strathclyde
Catching nucleation in action using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy

Dr Katherine Joy
University of Manchester
Accessing Ancient Solar Records on the Moon

Dr Euan Kay
University of St Andrews
Hierarchical reaction networks: nanoscale amplification by molecular replication

Professor Mark Leake
University of York
Beyond traditional biometrology: understanding how cells distribute molecules

Professor Rohan Lewis
University of Southampton
Comparative palaeontology using nanoscale and 3D imaging

Dr Steven Lind
University of Manchester
Sounds of the seaside: breaking wave noise prediction via numerical simulation

Professor Martin Lowe
University of Manchester
Cell organisation: an unexpected role for membrane lipids in vesicle traffic

Dr Lee Martin
Nottingham Trent University
Chiral and racemic 2D superconductors

Professor Thomas Nowotny
University of Sussex
Peripheral olfactory coding: information processing outside the brain

Dr Cian O'Donnell
University of Bristol
Generalisable neural learning from noisy synapses

Dr Sheehan Olver
Imperial College London
Constructive approximation theory on and inside algebraic curves and surfaces

Professor Mark Pagel
University of Reading
The fabric of macroevolution

Dr Teuta Pilizota
University of Edinburgh
A physiological approach to understanding osmotically induced growth modulation 

Dr Argyris Politis
King's College London
How do membranes communicate with their molecular partners?

Professor Phillip Poole
University of Oxford
Imaging bacterial chemotaxis to roots: role of the global regulator PTSNtr

Dr Matthew Powner
University College London
3'-amino-TNA: predisposed synthesis and non-enzymatic replication

Professor Vivek Ranade
Queen's University Belfast
Oxidative desulphurisation without using any catalyst and external oxidant

Dr Neil Rees
University of Birmingham
Recycling critical metals: making catalysts directly from waste

Dr Matteo Salvalaglio
University College London
Modelling the structure and assembly of protein low complexity domains

Dr Philipp Seib
University of Strathclyde
Engineered substrates for the isolation and expansion of mesenchymal stem cells 

Dr Martin Smith
Durham University
A fizzle or a bang: how fast was the Cambrian ‘explosion’?

Dr Pavel Tumarkin
Durham University
Reflections and mutations

Professor Robert Upstill-Goddard
Newcastle University
Control of air–water gas exchange rates in lakes by natural surfactants

Dr Gerben van Ooijen
University of Edinburgh
Dynamic regulation of magnesium and cellular circadian timekeeping

Professor Michael Ward
University of Warwick
Glycosylated coordination complexes for luminescent imaging of lectins

Dr Nicholas Warren
University of Leeds
Reconfigurable polymers via supramolecular self-sorting

Dr Jonathan Wilden
University College London
Electrochemical, bio-inspired activation of molecular oxygen for C–H activation 

Dr Elizabeth Wonnacott
University College London
Language learning as expectation: a discriminative perspective

Professor Yi Xu
University College London
High quality simulation of early vocal learning

Professor Andrei Yafaev
University College London
Diophantine problems related to Shimura varieties

Dr Martinus Antonius Zwijnenburg
University College London
Exploring metal-free pathways for hydrogen evolution by polymer photocatalysts


Professor Jocelyn Alexander
University of Oxford
Global soldiers in the cold war: making southern Africa’s liberation armies

Dr Matthew Haigh
Northumbria University
Does “Scientists believe…” imply “All Scientists believe…”?

Dr Rosalind Love
University of Cambridge
Latin Arthurian literature and the rise of fiction

Professor Clare McManus
Roehampton University
Engendering the stage: the records of early modern performance

Dr Karen Milek
Durham University
Cohabiting with Vikings: social space in multi-species communities

Professor Janet Montgomery
Durham University
Mobility, sex, and the Neolithic transition in Europe

Dr Richard Staley
University of Cambridge
Making climate history

Social Sciences

Professor Marco Mariotti
Queen Mary, University of London
Economic choices and cognitive diversity: a window to the human soul

Dr Ben Worthy
Birkbeck, University of London
Who’s watching parliament? Monitory democracy at Westminster

November 2019

Professor James Anderson
University College London
The synthesis and investigation of chimeric luciferins

Professor George Bassel
University of Warwick
Do plant organs and computers process information in the same way?

Dr Duncan Browne
Cardiff University
Tuning into frustrated Lewis pairings using microwave radio frequency

Dr Amy Buck
University of Edinburgh
The evolution of RNA transmission between animals in the wild

Professor Richard Butler
University of Birmingham
Resolving the dietary ecology and evolution of the earliest dinosaurs

Professor Richard Butler
University of Birmingham
Climate as a driver in the evolution and macroecology of dinosaurs and their kin

Professor Eleanor Campbell
University of Edinburgh
Cosmic chemistry as food for life

Dr Gabriel Castrillo
University of Nottingham
Co-directing plant development: root branching in plants colonised by microbes

Dr Haeran Cho
University of Bristol
New challenges in change-point problems

Dr Francesco Ciampa
University of Surrey
Nonlinear air-coupled thermosonics for micro-crack detection in composites

Dr Chris Clements
University of Bristol
Effects of multiple stressors on the global decline of vertebrate populations

Dr Alexander Cobb
King's College London
Speeding up reactions using biologically inspired molecular Lego®

Dr Natalie Cooper
Natural History Museum
Back to the water: macroevolutionary dynamics of secondarily aquatic tetrapods

Dr Claire Cousins
University of St Andrews
Searching for life on Europa

Dr Robert Dawson
University of Sheffield
Dispersible microporous polymer particles

Dr Guillaume De Bo
University of Manchester
Force-driven molecular machines

Professor A Prasanna de Silva
Queen's University Belfast
Switchable delivery of cargo as a new path for molecular logic-based computation

Dr Alexis Diaz-Torres
University of Surrey
Quantum dynamics: element creation in dense stellar plasma

Professor Andrew Dove
University of Birmingham
Stereopure poly(caprolactone) towards functionalised crystalline nanostructures

Dr Nicholas Evans
Lancaster University
Exploring rapidly accessible rotaxanes as synthetic mimics of lasso peptides

Dr Paco Fernandez-Trillo
University of Birmingham
EPiC engineering microbial physiology through polymer and computational sciences

Dr Ljiljana Fruk
University of Cambridge
Dopamine hybrids for design of enzyme inspired photocatalysts

Dr Davide Gerosa
University of Birmingham
Black-hole spins and accretion discs with gravitational waves from space

Dr Katie Gray
University of Reading
Investigating the visual perception of social interactions

Dr Alan Hastie
University of Birmingham
Icelandic continental analogue for sialic evolution (ICASE)

Dr Ian Henderson
University of Cambridge
Testing a reaction-diffusion model for sexual recombination in plants

Dr Alton Horsfall
Durham University
Harnessing quantum defects for magnetic measurements

Dr David Jess
Queen's University Belfast
Faint signals from bright sources: identifying high-frequency waves in the Sun

Professor Alan Johnston
University of Nottingham
An adaptable geometry for visual space perception

Dr Chiu Fan Lee
Imperial College London
Active jamming: fact or fiction

Dr Grigorios Loukides
King's College London
Privacy-preserving collection of sequences from individuals for data mining 

Dr James Lucietti
University of Edinburgh
Supersymmetry, integrability and the moduli space of black holes 

Professor Anne Magurran
University of St Andrews
Darwin, Wallace, Bates and biodiversity change in the Anthropocene

Dr Stephen Montgomery
University of Bristol
Evolution of a kin recognition system in social insects

Dr Huw Morgan
Aberystwyth University
EMPSOL: An empirical solution to space weather forecasting

Professor Robert E Mulvey
University of Strathclyde
Propelling sodium to the forefront of metallation chemistry

Dr Mostafa Nabawy
University of Manchester
Unlocking the mystery of wake capture in insect flight aerodynamics

Professor Richard Nichols
University of Liverpool
Single molecule electrochemistry in the time domain

Professor Beth Okamura
Natural History Museum
Hidden affiliate diversity and threats

Dr Giuseppe Pileio
University of Southampton
Theory and methodology for nuclear spins diffusing in porous media

Dr Andre Pires da Silva
University of Warwick
An intrinsic polarising signal for asymmetric cell divisions

Dr Andrew Preston
University of Bath
Developing bacterial GWAS beyond traditional SNP and gene content diversity

Dr Alessandro Principi
University of Manchester
Controlling magnetism in multilayers of Van-der-Waals materials

Dr Nicholas Robinson
Lancaster University
Using the Asgard archaea to trace the natural history of protein homeostasis 

Dr Majid Safari
University of Edinburgh
Shannon meets Schrödinger: communication theory for a nonlinear channel

Professor Dave Scanlan
University of Warwick
Revealing the function of a potential RuBisCO ‘deactivase’

Dr Jordi Solana
Oxford Brookes University
A novel mathematical approach to study stem cells in regenerating invertebrates

Dr Tony Southall
Imperial College London
Revealing unknown micropeptide functions using ultra high-throughput screening

Dr Paz Vaqueiro
University of Reading
Understanding ultralow thermal conduction in copper-containing sulfides

Dr Alexei Vernitski
University of Essex
Machine learning for recognising tangled 3D objects

Dr Sobanawartiny Wijeakumar
University of Stirling
Brain-brain synchrony through the emergence of visual working memory

Dr Nicholas Wright
University of Keele
The structure and dynamics of star clusters in 6D

Dr Rupert Young
University of Sussex
Genetic algorithms to select the parameters for Iterated Function Systems

Dr Igor Yurkevich
Aston University
Quantum correlations: witnesses and quantifiers in solid-state setups


Ms Trish Belford
University of Ulster
An alchemy of exploration, screen print in the fashion industry, 1990–2004

Dr J Adam Carter
University of Glasgow
A virtue epistemology of trust

Dr Eva Fernandez-Dominguez
Durham University
What’s in a house? Exploring the kinship structure of the world’s first houses

Dr Alastair Mann
University of Stirling
The Scottish Privy Council, 1692–1708: government from revolution to union

Dr Katherine Messenger
University of Warwick
Cross-linguistic influence and shared syntax in bilingual language development

Professor Paula Reimer
Queen's University Belfast
Migration or adaptation: Emergence and development of nomadism in the Altai

Professor Andrew Reynolds
University College London
Monumentality and landscape: linear earthworks in Britain

Dr Benjamin Roberts
Durham University
Did British tin sources and trade make Bronze Age Europe?

Dr Richard Salmon
University of Leeds
The Society of Authors,1884–1914: professional association and literary property

Professor Richard Sharpe
University of Oxford
The writings of Gerald of Wales

Social Sciences

Dr Olivier Cardi
Lancaster University
Understanding cross-country differences in deindustrialisation

Professor Ariel Ezrachi
University of Oxford
An empirical analysis of how competition laws affect the distribution of wealth

Dr Kathy Hamilton
University of Strathclyde
Transformative servicescapes and consumer vulnerability

Professor Dame Henrietta L Moore
University College London
Supporting macroeconomic stability and prosperity in an age of mass displacement

Professor Jonathan Payne
De Montfort University
Digital technologies and job quality: do trade unions make a difference? 

Professor Susie Scott
University of Sussex
Narratives of nothing: stories of the great undone

Professor David Thomas
University of Oxford
Holocene socio-environmental relationships in the Indus Valley

Dr Chronoula Voutsina
University of Southampton
Cultural rules and uses of written numerals in children’s everyday environments

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