The Lundbeck Foundation awards a Talent Prize for scientists under 30 who have conducted particularly promising research in biomedicine or the natural sciences. It is a personal award of DKK 100,000 which is given to up to three young scientist once a year.
The prize is awarded on the basis of nominations from leading scientists at Danish universities or other institutions of higher education. One of the 2009 Talent Prizes goes to Mads Toudal Frandsen.
Mads Toudal Frandsen graduated with a M.Sc. in physics from the University of Copenhagen and the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). He obtained his Ph.D. in physics from the Niels Bohr Institute and University of Southern Denmark (SDU) where he was an Early Stage Researcher as part of the EU Excellence Team at SDU. Collaborating with researches at CP3, in particular with his former advisor Francesco Sannino, his current research centrers on understanding Dark Matter (DM) which has been shown to constitute most of the matter in the universe, but which does not shine and whose origin and nature remains unknown. Mads T. Frandsen’s particular focus is on the development and testing of so called Technicolor models, that may explain the origin and nature of DM. These models will be tested among other places at the Large Hadron Collider in CERN where it is hoped that the correct theory of DM will be uncovered.
Mads T. Frandsen is 28 years old and is currently a Post doc at the University of Oxford. He is a member of UniverseNet, one of EU’s Marie Curie Research Tranining Networks and has previously received the Loerup Honorary Graduate Award, Dean’s Honours at the UCSB, and the Anglo-Danish Society Award.