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Two leading scientists from Newcastle University have been appointed University Research Fellows by the UK’s national academy of science.

Dr Casey Hubert and Dr Claudia Schneider are among 40 new University Research Fellows (URFs) for 2011 who have been appointed by The Royal Society.

The prestigious award is designed to provide outstanding scientists with the potential to become leaders in their chosen fields the opportunity to build an independent research career.

Dr Casey Hubert, based in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, joined Newcastle University in 2009.  His work focuses on the biogeography and ecophysiology of microorganisms in deep biosphere habitats, including marine sediments and petroleum reservoirs.

Dr Claudia Schneider joins the Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences at Newcastle University from Edinburgh University where she specialised in research which investigates the synthesis of ribosomes.

The scheme is extremely competitive and URFs are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships.

The newly appointed URFs are working on a wide variety of projects including new stem cell research; understanding exploding Supernovae; a study of neurodevelopmental disorders; and developing clean energy materials.

 

published on: 8th November 2011

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