Inaugural Junior Fellow

Dr Forrest Sheldon is the London Institute’s inaugural Junior Fellow, setting a high standard for our new programme of Junior Fellows.

Dr Forrest Sheldon has been elected to a three-year Junior Fellowship at the London Institute. As the first scientist to hold this position, he sets a high bar for future candidates. Dr Sheldon studied physics at Duke University and UCSD before doing short postdocs at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the London Institute. With a track record of research in statistical physics, inference and neuromorphic computing, he had turned his sights to the theory of cell programming and the regulatory networks underlying it. He will play a leading role in our collaboration with the cell coding company Bit.Bio.

Junior Fellowships offer scientists the opportunity to pursue research full-time on a subject of their choosing in the early years after their PhD. The position is modelled on the Junior Research Fellowships of Oxford and Cambridge Colleges and the Harvard Society of Fellows. Our Junior Fellows set the highest standards of intellectual achievement and are ambassadors of the Institute, both here and at other research centres. The London Institute plans to eventually elect several Junior Fellows each year.