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Diabetes and solar cell researchers awarded Göran Gustafsson Prize

5 June 2018

Jonathan Staaf Scragg, a researcher in the field of thin film solar cells, and Gustaf Christoffersson, whose research focuses on Type 1 diabetes, were awarded the Göran Gustafsson Prize for young researchers at the Royal Swedish Institute of Technology (KTH) and Uppsala University. The prize is a three-year research grant worth a total of SEK 2.5 million.

Jonathan Staaf Scragg

Jonathan Staaf Scragg earned a Bachelor's and a Master’s degrees in natural sciences at the University of Cambridge in 2005 and a doctorate in physical chemistry at the University of Bath in 2010.

Scragg has since been with the Department of Engineering Sciences, Solid State Electronics at Uppsala University, first as a researcher and later also as a docent. He is part of the Thin Film Solar Cell research group.

Portrait of Gustaf Christoffersson
Gustaf Christoffersson

Gustaf Christoffersson earned his doctorate in 2013 with his thesis on how immune cells affect the growth of new blood vessels, using a novel experimental model he developed. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology in California 2014–2016, where he studied immune regulation in type 1 diabetes, funded by a grant from the Swedish Research Council.

He then returned to Uppsala University, where he built up a type 1 diabetes research lab. He has been employed as a researcher at the Department of Medical Cell Biology since 2018, funded by a major grant from the Swedish Society for Medical Research (SSMF).

The Gustafsson Prize for young researchers at KTH and Uppsala University is a three-year research grant, currently totalling SEK 2.5 million. The prize is awarded to researchers up to age 36. The prize is awarded in the fields of engineering physics and medicine at Uppsala University and in engineering physics at KTH.

Several smaller prizes are also awarded every year to young researchers in the same fields at Uppsala University and KTH. These are one-time research grants of, at present, SEK 0.5 million. This year’s winners at Uppsala University are Gemma Mestres Beà, engineering physics, and Joakim Crona, medicine.