Title: Associate Professor
Position: Associate Professor in Nanochemistry
Birthdate: 7th November 1980
Marital status: Married, two children born 2008 and 2012
Assistant Professor: Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden. (March 2012 — October 2016)
Postdoc: Bionanophotonics Division, Dept. of Applied Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden. (August 2011 — February 2012)
Group leader: Prof. Mikael Käll
Postdoc: Laboratory of Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Inst. for Biomedical Engineering, Dept. of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland. (August 2009 — July 2011)
Group leader: Prof. Janos Vörös
PhD Student: Biological Physics Division, Dept. of Applied Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden. (October 2007 — July 2009)
Group leader: Prof. Fredrik Höök
PhD Student: Solid State Physics, Dept. of Physics, Lund University, Lund, Sweden. (September 2004 — September 2007)
Group leader: Prof. Lars Samuelsson
PhD Student: Chemical Physics Division, Dept. of Applied Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden. (February 2004 — August 2004)
Group leader: Prof. Bengt Kasemo
I have always been interested in science, but the exact discipline I have focused on has varied. During school I was mostly fascinated by math and physics, but when I was chossing university program I had become more fascinated by biology and our undersatnding of life. After my PhD I once again drifted towards physics. Eventually I ended up at a chemistry department. Interdisciplinary projects have always been what I consider most fun and interesting.
I worked on biointerface science (and to some extent on nanopores) already during my PhD. I spent three years at Lund University but returned to Chalmers before finishing.
My career as independent researcher started when I received a postdotoral scholarship from the Swedish Research Council in 2009. For two years I worked at ETH in Zurich, Switzerland, learning electrochemical techniques. In 2012 I became an assistant professor back at Chalmers after receiving the Ingvar Carlsson Award from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research. (I also got a chance to hang out with the former Swedish prime minister who provides the name for this prestigious grant, as shown in the image below).
In 2015 I became a Wallenberg Academy Fellow, which I think one could say finally established me as a senior researcher. This grant makes it possible for me to address long-term goals and difficult scientific questions as well as establishing a research group of reasonable size. I am forever in depth to the Wallenberg foundation. Without them my career would for sure not have been what it is. Continued support from the Swedish Reserach Council has also been very helpful.
In 2017 I was awarded a Starting Grant equivalent to the ERC from the Swedish Foundations (in my case the Erling-Persson Family Foundation) which made it possible for me to extent my group to a farily large size (by Swedish standards). I feel very fortunate to have this oppurtunity to lead quite many exciting research projects.