Chancellor's Fellowships awarded to Informatics researchers Michele Ciampi and Andrea Weisse

[2021] Drs. Michele Ciampi and Andrea Weisse have been awarded Chancellor's Fellowships to support their innovative research.

Forty of the University’s most promising early career researchers have been awarded prestigious fellowships to develop their innovative work, including Michele and Andrea from the School of Informatics. The Fellowships are a prestigious 5-year tenure track programme designed to support early career researchers and innovators to develop their careers in a supportive, world-leading environment. The posts are partially funded through the Scottish Funding Council. 

The University of Edinburgh is committed to providing exceptional career opportunities for talented early career researchers, demonstrated by the Chancellor's Fellowships. At this time of uncertainty, the University is investing in the future of its research with the latest cohort of Chancellor's Fellows, drawn from researchers already working at the University. All of the Fellows will be supported to achieve their research and other academic career ambitions through mentoring, peer support and training opportunities.

The University was committed to ensuring the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion informed the appointment process. Some 80 per cent of the new Chancellor’s Fellows are female, and 19 per cent are from ethnic minority groups with 62% and 8% respectively within the College of Science and Engineering cohort.


Photo of Michele Ciampi showing head and shoulders, wearing a white shirt, black waistcoat and grey and black tie.

Dr Michele Ciampi

Michele Ciampi graduated in Computer Science at the University of Salerno, where he also completed his PhD in the field of cryptography in 2018. His thesis on two-party cryptographic protocols earned the "Best PhD Thesis in Theoretical Computer Science Award 2018", from the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (Italian Chapter). After that, he moved to Edinburgh, where he worked as Research Associate at the Blockchain Technology Lab.


Michele's main area of research is provable security. During his Chancellor’s Fellowship, Michele will work on designing cryptographic protocols allowing multiple entities to jointly evaluate functions or statistics over sensitive data while preserving the secrecy of the data.

This Chancellor’s Fellowship represents for me an exciting and at the same time challenging opportunity to become an independent researcher.

Dr Michele Ciampi

Dr Andrea Weisse

The Fellowship highlights the importance that our University gives to multidisciplinary research aimed at solving global challenges.

Dr Andrea Weisse
Photo of Andrea Weiss wearing a purple coat, turning towards the camera.


Andrea's work in computational biology has led to foundational models of how bacterial cells grow and respond to their environment. During the Fellowship she will bring these methods to the study of antimicrobial resistance, one of the greatest threats to global health. She will focus on models that link molecular processes, drug mechanisms and microbial growth, to develop a next-generation platform for producing new hypotheses on the inner working of microbes. Andrea's joint appointment at SBS and SoI will place her in a uniquely privileged position to leverage on the world-class expertise at both schools.


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Michele Ciampi

Andrea Weisse