Published: 16-06-2022 08:08 | Updated: 16-06-2022 08:09

StratNeuro funding for postdoctoral researchers

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Flow of money. Photo: Pixabay: Olya Adamovich

StratNeuro aims to fund junior researchers to strengthen groundbreaking research in the field of neuroscience. In the 2022 call for StratNeuro postdoctoral funding, we received 30 proposal from 9 KI departments.

The proposals were evaluated by a group of external reviewers, and StratNeuro decided to fund the ten top ranked proposals, which represents an overall funding rate of 33.3%.

Funding is 750 000 SEK to cover salary costs for the postdoctoral researcher for one year.


The awardees, in alphabetical order:

  • Daniela Calvigioni, Department of Neuroscience: "Sexually dimorphic stress-induced negative state:  circuits signature and molecular underpinning of Esr1 networks"
  • David Dias, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology: "Identification of a therapeutic strategy to reduce fibrotic scarring and promote central nervous system repair"
  • Majid Pahlevan Kakhki, Department of Clinical Neuroscience: "Functional and therapeutic potential of epigenome-editing to target the mechanisms underlying Multiple Sclerosis progression"
  • Anna Marseglia, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society: "Unravelling the Link Between Cardiometabolic Disorders and Brain Health— The Contribution of Sex-Differences"
  • Roberto de la Torre Martinez, Department of Neuroscience: "Synaptic connectivity of claustrum neurons projecting to the anterior cingulate cortex"
  • Behzad Yaghmaeian Salmani, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology: "Molecular characterization of dopamine neurons and their microenvironment in the adult and aging brain, and in Parkinson’s disease"
  • Makoto Shimozawa, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society: "The role of autophagy in Alzheimer’s tau pathology spreading"
  • Elin Vinsland, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics: "Mapping human meninges development to understand meningioma tumour biology"
  • Michelle Watts, Department of Women and Children's Health: "The role of ciliogenesis, RFX-factors and their genomic binding sites in autism and neurodevelopment"
  • Shuyang Yao, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics: "Using Brain Cell-Type eQTL to Understand Biological Mechanisms of Psychiatric Disorders"

Evaluation process

The submitted proposals were divided into two groups and each group of proposals was evaluated by four external reviewers with broad expertise spanning basic to clinical neuroscience, following the evaluation criteria used by the Swedish Research Council, and emphasizing that evaluation of the applicant’s merits should only reflect the merits of the postdoc and not of the PI. Submissions where a conflict of interest was declared were not scored. The overall success rate was 33.3%.

The success rate by gender was: 29.4% for women, 38.5% for men.

External reviewers

  • Malin Lagerström, Uppsala
  • Lars Nyberg, Umeå
  • Åsa Petersen, Lund
  • Gunnar Gouras, Lund
  • Anna Rostedt Punga, Uppsala
  • David Engblom, Linköping
  • Johan Holmberg, Umeå
  • Stina Syvänen, Uppsala



Vasco Sousa Research Specialist