Two Uppsala researchers receive major project funding

15 November 2022

Photo of the two researchers (collage)

From left: Sven Nelander, Professor at the Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, and Peter Oppeneer, Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Sven Nelander, who conducts research into the molecular mechanisms behind the occurrence of cancer, and Peter Oppeneer, who researches in the field of theoretical magnetism, will receive a combined SEK 74 million in project funding from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW) has granted a total of SEK 700 million to 23 basic research projects in the fields of medicine, natural sciences and technology deemed to have the potential to lead to future scientific breakthroughs. Two of the projects will be run at Uppsala University.

Sven Nelander, Professor at the Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, was the lead applicant for a five-year project titled ‘The Routes of Glioblastoma and their Patient-Specific Vulnerabilities’. The project, which was granted funding of SEK 38.2 million by KAW, focuses on the aggressive form of brain tumour known as glioblastoma. The project will involve five collaborating research groups, who together will use a new strategy to map different types of invasive tumour cells and in turn pinpoint key genes and pharmaceuticals.

Peter Oppeneer, Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, was the lead applicant for a five-year research project titled ‘Harnessing orbital angular momentum for novel orbital electronics’, which will now receive funding of SEK 36.1 million. On a general level, the project aims to pinpoint new ways of revolutionising the electronic components in different types of information technology to maintain growth capacity in terms of both storing and processing information.

Uppsala researchers other than those mentioned here who participate in projects in which the lead applicant works at another university will receive a share of the grants from KAW.  

Project funding from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundationv

  • Following an international assessment process, the 23 projects in the fields of medicine, natural sciences and technology were deemed to have such scientific potential that they could lead to future scientific breakthroughs.
  • Between 2011, when the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation established its form of project funding, and 2022, 273 projects have been granted funding from an overall budget of SEK 7.5 billion.