UCL academics named as Future Leaders Fellows

Seven UCL academics have been awarded UKRI Future Leaders fellowships, and will receive government investment to support their research.

Seven UCL academics have been named by the government as recipients of prestigious UKRI Future Leaders fellowships, which are designed to identify and nurture the research leaders of tomorrow and support them in their academic careers. The scheme is designed to offer longer-term support to enable researchers to explore complex problems and establish new research teams. UCL has so far been awarded 30 fellowships.

The seven UCL academics are:

Dr Valentina Cambiano (UCL institute for Global Health) ; for her work contributing to the end of HIV in Zimbabwe by focusing on 2 crucial elements: HIV testing and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis among adolescent girls and young women, using a multidisciplinary approach.

Dr Charles-Antoine Collins-Fekete (UCL Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering) ; for his work on outcome prediction through artificial intelligence to improve the prognosis of lung cancer patients. He is passionate about the possibilities of next-generation medical imaging to provide accurate quantitative information for personalized medicine.

Dr Gwyneth Davies (UCL GOS Institute of Child Health) ; for her work combining clinical informatics with novel clinical trial designs to address the top research priority identified by the cystic fibrosis community of simplifying the burden of treatment.

Dr Filipe Ferreira (UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering) ; for his work merging photonic integrated circuits with machine learning to achieve large-scale spatial parallelism within each optical fibre - allowing the Internet to continue to expand at a rate of 100 times every 10 years.

Dr Anthony Khawaja (UCL Ophthalmology); for his research investigating the genetic and environmental epidemiology of glaucoma. His ultimate aim is to develop prediction models that can enable efficient population screening of glaucoma, and more personalised care of glaucoma patients in the clinic.

Dr Sahil Nijhawan, Honorary Research Fellow (UCL Anthropology) ; for his work exploring the role that Indigenous and Local People in India play in conserving threatened environments and wild animals, such as the tiger, and how this is impacted by a wide range of external factors.

Dr Maria Secrier (UCL Biosciences) ; for her work developing new methods to manage early-stage cancers and their treatment, including an AI-assisted tool to help predict the impact of chemotherapy on patients and avoid unnecessary side-effects.

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