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20 new AIAS fellows selected

A group of 20 new AIAS fellows from around the world has now been selected after a long international, triple peer review process in the spring and summer of 2019.

Photo: The last AIAS Fellows cohort from February 2019. By Melissa Bach Yildirim.

The first 14 fellows of this group will start at AIAS at Aarhus University on 1 October 2019; the last six next year, on 1 February 2020. The group of 20 new fellows arrive from 16 different research institutions from around the world and bring 12 different nationalities to AIAS.

The new fellows are from academic areas within both health, arts, the natural and social sciences. Their projects span widely: from investigations into everyday life in the single European market; over research on the role of light and circadian rhythms in cancer; to examining the New Left in the Arab East.

Meet the Fellows

To meet with the new, incoming fellows and the current fellows and hear about their individual research projects, the ‘Joint Research Presentations: Extended Fellows' Seminar’ on 9 October 2019 at 10.30am -16.00pm is open to all and will have short 6-minute research presentations by all AIAS Fellows.

The new fellows and their research projects at AIAS

Starting 1 October 2019


  • Assistant Professor, Joanna Kalucka, VIB Center for Cancer Biology, Department of Oncology, Belgium 
  • Assistant Professor, Kei Hiruta, University of Oxford, Department of Philosophy, UK
  • Assistant Professor, Hale Güney, previously University of Cologne, Ancient History, Germany
  • Assistant Professor, Christina Esteva Font, previously University of California – San Francisco, Department of Pathology, USA 
  • Associate Professor, Lisa Wu, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Medical Social Sciences, USA    
  • Associate Professor, Christos Tsirogiannis, previously University of Glasgow, the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, UK 
  • Associate Professor, Laure Guirguis, Central European University, Institute for Advanced Study, Hungary   
  • Associate Professor, Sandra Eckert, Goethe University Frankfurt - Main, Department of Political Science, Germany
  • Assistant Professor, Peter Andersen, Aarhus University, previously Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA), Austria
  • Assistant Professor, Bogdan Iacob, Romanian Academy, Institute of History, Romania
  • Assistant Professor, Iwona Janicka, University of Warwick, Institute of Advanced Study, UK

Jens Christian Skou Fellows (internal AU employees)

  • Professor, Ton Otto, Aarhus University, Department of Anthropology, Denmark
  • Professor, Jens Leipziger, Aarhus University, Department of Biomedicine, Denmark
  • Professor, Christian Bendixen, Aarhus University, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Denmark

Starting 1 February 2020


  • Postdoc, Tijen Tunali, University of Tours, CITERES, France      
  • Postdoc, Jeffrey Kerby, Dartmouth College, Department of Biology, USA
  • Associate Professor, Ruben Pauwels, Catholic University of Leuven, Mechanical Engineering, Belgium
  • Professor, Herman Schwartz, University of Virginia, Department of Politics, USA
  • Assistant Professor, Niels Chr. Hansen, MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University, Australia 

Jens Christian Skou Fellow (internal AU employee)

Novel projects, AIAS diversity and Aarhus University collaboration

While at AIAS, the new AIAS fellows will have time to concentrate on and develop their individual research projects in collaboration and networking with faculty members and research environments at Aarhus University – as well as engaging with the other new, the current and former AIAS fellows.


Morten Kyndrup, AIAS Executive director and Professor, kyndrup@aias.au.dk
Lena Bering, Communications Officer, lber@aias.au.dk

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