Institute fellows

2018 / 2019

This fellowship scheme enables scholars to spend time with University of Surrey academics pursuing research of mutual interest.

Fellow: Dr Felipe Beijamini, Federal University of Fronteira Sul, Brazil

Associate Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the Federal University of Fronteira Sul in Brazil, Dr Felipe Beijamini’s research expertise is in the ecology of sleep. Dr Beijamini undertook his PhD in cellular and molecular biology at the Federal University of Paranà and has held postdoctoral roles at the Universities of São Paulo and Tuebingen.

Surrey host: Professor Malcolm von Schantz, School of Bioscience and Medicine


Fellow: Professor Norman P Ho,Peking University’s School of Transnational Law, China

Norman P Ho, Associate Professor of Law at Peking University’s School of Transnational Law, is one of the world’s leading early career researchers in the field of Chinese legal thought. Following a masters in Chinese history at Harvard University, he took a Juris Doctor degree at New York University and practiced law in Hong Kong before entering academia.

Surrey host: Dr Hrafn Asgeirsson, School of Law


Fellow: Professor Alexandre Vazdekis,  Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, Spain

A reader in astronomy and astrophysics at the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Tenerife, Spain), Professor Alexandre Vazdekis is an expert in stellar evolution and galaxy evolution. He studied for his first degree in physics at the University of La Laguna, where he also undertook a PhD in astrophysics, winning the award of best thesis.

Surrey host: Dr Noelia Noël, Department of Physics


Fellow: Dr Zhengwei Liu, The Yunnan Observatories, Chinese Academy of Science, China

Dr Zhengwei Liu is a Professor in the Yunnan Observatories at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and an expert in computational astrophysics, stellar/binary evolution and stellar astrophysics. Prior to his current role he spent four years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Argelander-Institut fűr Astronomie at Bonn University.

Surrey host: Dr Robert Izzard, Department of Physics


2017 / 2018


Fellow: Dr Weining Man, San Francisco State University, USA

Dr Man received her PhD degree in physics at Princeton University. Her research areas include photonic materials, soft condensed matter physics, and nonlinear optics. For her PhD thesis (2005), she studied the world’s first 3D photonic quasicrystal and visualized its nearly spherical effective Brillouin zone. She also pioneered in studying ellipsoid packing and colloidal thin-film cracking during her PhD and post-doctoral period at Princeton University. Later at New York University, she studied self-organized criticality in sheared suspensions. Since 2008, Dr Man has been a faculty member in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at San Francisco State University (SFSU). At SFSU, she experimentally generated the first hyperuniform disordered photonic band gap materials and demonstrated their isotropic band gaps and proved their intrinsic advantage in functional defect design enabled by their isotropy. Furthermore, she studied light-induced transparency and nonlinearity in colloidal suspensions, as well as light-induced disordered photonic lattices.

Surrey host: Dr Marian Florescu, Department of Physics 

Fellow: Professor Geraint Lewis, University of Sydney, Australia

Geraint F. Lewis is a Professor of Astrophysics at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy, part of the School of Physics at the University of Sydney. Originally from Old South Wales, Geraint undertook degrees at the University of London and Cambridge, before postdoctoral positions in the USA and Canada. He joined the Anglo-Australian Telescope in 2000, before moving to the University of Sydney in 2002. His research focuses upon the dark side of the universe, with theoretical, observational and computational studies of the dark matter and dark energy which dominate the evolution of the cosmos.

Surrey host: Dr Michelle Collins, Department of Physics

Fellow: Dr Andrea Carnaghi, University of Trieste, Italy

Dr Andrea Carnaghi is an associate professor in Social Psychology at the University of Trieste (Italy). His research interest and expertise concern the interplay between social cognition and language (e.g. how the way we speak shapes the manner in which we think), social cognition and neuroscience (e.g., reduced empathic responses at the brain level for sexually objectified women), and social cognition and inter-group relations (e.g., how social categorization and stereotypes affect self- and other-perception, and how stereotypes can be revised). He was awarded the Gordon Allport Prize (sponsored by the G.W.A. memorial fund of Harvard University).

Surrey host: Professor Peter Hegarty, School of Psychology


Fellow: Dr Ramin Jaberi, Tehran University of Medical Science, Iran

Co-applicant: Ms Somayeh Babaloui (PhD student), Tehran University of Medical Science, Iran

Professor Ramin Jaberi started to study and work in Brachytherapy field at the Tehran University of Medical Science (TUMS) more than 20 years ago. He is Head of Physics of Radiotherapy in Yas Hospital which belongs to Cancer Institute of TUMS. He is involved in treating more than 750 patients who need BT as part of treatment for their cancers. He is also in charge of teaching radiation oncology residents and medical physics students. He is a member of GEC-ESTRO’s 3 subgroups “GYN”, “Physics”, & “Head & Neck, Skin, Eye”. He is visiting Surrey this summer and fall to collaborate with Dr Annika Lohstroh and Dr Shakardokht Jafari (Department of Physics). As part of their project “Moving towards adaptive radiotherapy with high resolution, high accuracy 3D in vivo dosimetry inside the body” they hope to publish several manuscripts in this new field of modern Radiotherapy.

Somayeh is a Ph.D. student at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences where she previously worked as a medical physicist in the Cancer Institute of the university for six years. With ethical approval from her university, she aims to advance the cancer treatment in her department. Her project is on the development of a new method for 3-dimensional and 4-dimensional dosimetry using micro silica bead TLDs to be applied first on a phantom study and then on cancer patients. This addresses the need for using suitable dosimeters to accurately measure radiation dose in small fields with steep dose gradient around the brachytherapy sources to accurately determine the radiation dose distribution in the tumour and also in the organs at risk. This will offer the opportunity of an adaptive radiotherapy.

Surrey hosts: Dr Annika Lohstroh and Dr Shakardokht Jafari, Department of Physics

2016 / 2017

Dr Simon Coulombe, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

Dr Simon Coulombe is an assistant professor in community psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. He is visiting Surrey this winter and this spring to collaborate with Dr David Frost, lecturer in the School of Psychology. As part of a larger study (project SHARe) directed by Dr Allen LeBlanc, professor in sociology at San Francisco State University, the three researchers are analyzing the dyadic processes underlying the influence of minority stress on the relationship projects (i.e., goals, concerns) and well-being of LGBT individuals. Using data from the first wave of this large study with same-sex couples, Dr Coulombe's visit at Surrey will be an opportunity to develop several manuscripts showcasing the results from such analyses. This should also set the foundations for a future collaborative study to explore stigma toward LGBT individuals and their projects, in relation to LGBT rights and social policy in different parts of the world. See personal webpage

Surrey host: Dr David Frost, School of Psychology, FHMS

Professor Duncan A. Forbes, Swinburne University, Australia

Born in New Zealand, Duncan attended the University of Canterbury in Christchurch (NZ) for his honours degree in Astronomy. He then worked at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore (USA), before embarking on his PhD at Cambridge University (UK). After a postdoc position at the University of California Santa Cruz (USA), he took up a Lectureship at the University of Birmingham (UK). In 2000, he moved to a new astronomy group at Swinburne University in Melbourne (Australia). Since then the group has grown from half a dozen to over 80 people, and is now one of Australia’s largest. Duncan has travelled extensively related to his research on nearby galaxies and their ancient star clusters. Most recently, he visited Ecuador and gave a seminar at the University in Quito. Quito is located at about 2.7 km above sea level. Several years ago, Duncan gave a seminar 2.7 km below sea level – at a dark matter experiment located in a nickel mine in Canada. See personal webpage

Surrey host: Professor Mark Gieles, Department of Physics, FEPS

Dr Kristen Knutson, Northwestern University, USA

Dr Kristen Knutson is a biomedical anthropologist, and as such, she is interested in how sociocultural factors intersect with sleep and circadian physiology to impact human health. Her research studies involve a combination of clinical laboratory assessments and field-based, “real-world” assessments. Her research focuses on the association between sleep, circadian rhythms and cardiometabolic diseases, including diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. She is also interested in identifying biopsychosocial factors that are associated with disturbances in sleep or circadian rhythms. Her research also examines whether sleep and/or circadian rhythms partially mediate socioeconomic or racial/ethnic disparities in cardiometabolic diseases. See personal webpage

Surrey host: Dr Malcolm von Schantz, School of Bioscience and Medicine, FHMS

Associate Professor Annick Masselot, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Annick Masselot's research interests focus upon European Union and comparative law, specifically with regards to gender equality and equal treatment, social and employment law, reconciliation between work and family life, pregnancy and maternity rights. Her expertise on the achievement of gender equality represents a primary reference point and has both shaped the field conceptually as well as impacted directly on policy making, especially in the fields of reconciliation between work and family life, and pregnancy and maternity rights in the context of employment law and social policy. She has also researched and written extensively on the interconnection between gender equality and a wide breadth of law and societal areas, including corporate and financial governance; international trade negotiations; diversity in the sciences; aid and development; disaster risk management; democratisation, intersectional disadvantages and gender mainstreaming. See personal page

Surrey host: Professor Roberta Guerrina, Department of Politics, FASS