Members of the EMBLA group

Please read more about the members of EMBLA below. Do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to hear more about our research or join our research group. If you are looking for a student project, you can read about open positions on our webpage for available Diploma thesis projects or send an email to Maria.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Maria Tenje - PI

I lead the research group EMBLA - Enabling Microtechnologies for Biomedical and Life science Applications. The main goal of the lab is to develop microsystems for applications within the life sciences with a special interest on research related to micro/nano fabrication and processing of new materials.

I teach in several different courses in the undergraduate programmes and give a PhD course called "Introduction to BioMEMS". I was a member of the Young Academy of Sweden between 2014-2019 (chair 2018-2019 and vice chair 2017-2018) and I hold a Faculty position at SciLifeLab where I am also the Director of a new pilot facility called Customized Microfluidics. My research is funded by large grants from Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (Wallenberg Academy Fellow 2016) and the European Research Council (ERC Starting Grant 2017).

Short CV

  • 2015, Docent Microsystems Technology, Uppsala University
  • 2007, PhD Microtechnology, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
  • 2003, MSc Physics, Lund University
  • 2002, BSc Physics, Imperial College London

Telephone: +46 (0)18 471 70 61     Email: maria.tenje@angstrom.uu.se

Susan Peacock - Project Coordinator

Susan joined the EMBLA research group in November 2017 as a part-time Project Coordinator.

Short CV

  • 2012-2017, Portfolio Manager, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UK)
  • 2008-2012, PhD Molecular Electronics, Bangor University (UK) 

Telephone: +46 (0) 18 471 72 42    Email: susan.peacock@angstrom.uu.se

GEMMA MESTRES - Associate Senior Lecturer

Gemma is an associate senior lecturer at Uppsala University. She is using her knowledge on biomaterials, in vitro studies and microfluidics to create a new microfluidic device that allows for studies of the biological properties of biomaterials aimed for bone regeneration.

Short CV

  • 2016, docent in Engineering Sciences with specialization in Materials Science, Uppsala University (Sweden)
  • 2015-ongoing, Senior Researcher at EMBLA group, Uppsala University (Sweden)
  • 2012-2015, Postdoc at Materials in Medicine group, Uppsala University (Sweden)
  • 2012, PhD Biomaterials, Technical University of Barcelona (Spain)
  • 2007, BSc Chemistry, Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain)

Telephone: +46 (0)18 471 68 05       Email: gemma.mestres@angstrom.uu.se

Laurent Barbe - Researcher

Laurent joined the EMBLA research group in November 2017 as a Researcher. His research interests are droplet microfluidics and organ-on-chip. Laurent is also Manager of the pilot facility Customized Microfluidics.

Short CV

  • 2008-2017, Researcher, Senior Expert at CSEM (Switzerland)
  • 2006-2008, Research fellow, KTH (Sweden)
  • 2004-2005, Postdoc,Center for Engineering in Medicine, Harvard Medical School (USA)
  • 2002-2003, Research and Teaching assistant, University of Technology of Compiegne (France)
  • 2001, PhD Bioengineering/Biomechanics, University of Paris (France) 

Telephone: +46 (0) 18 471 72 35    Email: laurent.barbe@angstrom.uu.se

Hannah Pohlit - Researcher

Hannah joined the EMBLA research group in February 2018. In her project she will design polymer building blocks for hydrogels applied in organs-on-chip. These hydrogels will be optimized for cell culture and implemented in a chip to create an in vitro model of the blood-brain-barrier.

Short CV

  • 2017-2018, Postdoc in Polymer Chemistry group and EMBLA group, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • 2016-2017, Postdoc in Polymer Chemistry, Mainz University, Germany
  • 2016, PhD in Polymer Chemistry, Mainz University, Germany
  • 2012, Diploma in Biomedical Chemistry, Mainz University, Germany

E-mail: hannah.pohlit@angstrom.uu.se

MILENA MOREIRA - SENIOR RESEARCH ENGINEER

Since February 2018 Milena is a Research Engineer at the pilot facility Customized Microfluidics. Her research is focused on the design and development of microfluidic structures for various on-chip applications.

Short CV:

  • 2017-2018, Researcher at the Division of Electricity, Uppsala University
  • 2015-2017, Postdoc in Synchrotron Radiation Research Division, Lund University
  • 2014, PhD in Engineering Science with specialization in Electronics, double degree: University of Campinas (Brazil) and Uppsala University
  • 2007, Msc in Electronics Engineering, Federal University of Bahia (Brazil)
  • 2005, Bsc in Electronics Engineering, Federal University of Bahia (Brazil)

Telephone: +46 (0) 18 471 72 42          Email: milena.moreira@angstrom.uu.se

Martin Andersson - Senior Research Engineer

Martin joined the EMBLA research group in January 2019 as a Research Engineer at the pilot facility Customized Microfluidics. His research is focused on high-pressure microfluidics, supercritical fluids and fluid control systems.

Short CV

  • Since 2019, Senior Research Engineer at EMBLA group, Uppsala University
  • 2018, PhD in Engineering Sciences, Uppsala University
  • 2013, MSc in Chemical Engineering, Uppsala University

Email: martin.andersson@angstrom.uu.se

  

Anna Fornell - Postdoc

Anna joined the EMBLA research group as a psotdoc in 2019. The aim of her research is to develop new technical solutions for droplet microfluidics. She is exploring how acoustic particle manipulation can be integrated into droplet microfluidic platforms to allow for more complex biological assays on-chip.

Short CV

  • Since 2019, Postdoc in EMBLA, Uppsala University
  • 2014-2018, PhD Biomedical Engineering, Lund University
  • 2012, MSc Engineering Nanoscience, Lund University

Email: anna.fornell@angstrom.uu.se

Sofia Johansson - Postdoc

Sofia joined the EMBLA research group in November 2017. Her research involves microengineering for reliable in vitro models of biological barriers (e.g. the blood-brain-barrier) through the development of organs-on-chip technology. This research on improved biological models using microfluidics and microfabrication aims to facilitate the drug discovery process and other biological investigations.

Short CV

  • Since 2017, Postdoc in EMBLA group, Uppsala University
  • 2015-2017, Postdoc in Hybrid Bio-Device group, University of Southampton (UK)
  • 2014, PhD in Electrical Engineering, Lund University
  • 2008, MSc in Engineering Nanotechnology, Lund University

Telephone: +46 (0)18 471 72 35   E-mail: sofia.johansson@angstrom.uu.se

Atena Khaji - Postdoc

Atena joined the EMBLA research group in September 2017 and her research is focused on microfluidic solutions for analysis of single cells and molecules. These analyses will be used in systems biology to study the basic physical principles behind gene regulation in bacteria. Atena works in an interdisciplinary research environment, funded by VR and coordinated by Prof. Johan Elf, UU which connects biology, engineering and physics.

Short CV

  • Since 2017, Postdoc at EMBLA group, Uppsala University
  • 2016, PhD in Engineering Sciences, Uppsala University
  • 2009, MSc in Design and Implementation of ICT Products and Systems, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
  • 2006, BSc in Electronics Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology

Telephone:  +46 (0)18 471 72 35           Email: atena.khaji@angstrom.uu.se

Federico Cantoni - PhD student

Federico joined the EMBLA research group in September 2017. His research is focused on the development of a laminated BBB model by combining bioengineering and microfluidics. The model could be used as a platform for drug screening and biological investigations.

Short CV

  • Since 2017, PhD student in Microsystems Technology, Uppsala University
  • 2016, MSc Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology, Politecnico de Milano (Italy)

Email: federico.cantoni@angstrom.uu.se

Sarah-Sophia Carter - PhD student

Sarah joined the EMBLA research group in September 2017. In her PhD project, she focuses on microfluidic systems that can be used to evaluate novel biomaterials. The main aim is to develop an in vitro screening platform, which provides reliable information regarding the biological performance of biomaterials, particularly in the context of bone tissue. Main PhD supervisor is Gemma Mestres.

Short CV:

  • Since 2017, PhD student in Microsystems Technology, Uppsala University
  • 2017, MSc Biofabrication, Utrecht University (the Netherlands) & University of Wollongong (Australia)
  • 2015, BSc Biomedical Sciences, University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands)

Praneeth Karempudi - PhD student

Praneeth joined the EMBLA research group in October 2017. In his PhD project, he focuses on developing microfluidic devices and molecular biology tools to study antibiotic resistance evolution in bacteria (Escherichia coli) at single cell level. Main PhD supervisor is Prof. Johan Elf at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Uppsala University.

Short CV:

  • Since 2017, PhD student in Molecular Biotechnology, Uppsala University
  • 2017, MSc Bioengineering, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • 2014, B. Tech (Honors) Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (India)

Telephone: +46 (0)790 21 18 62  Email: praneeth.karempudi@icm.uu.se

Zhenhua Liu - PhD student

Zhenhua joined the EMBLA research group in October 2017. His research is focused on the design,  fabrication and application of droplet microfluidic chip solutions with integrated acoustic manipulation methods.

Short CV

  • Since 2017, PhD student in Microsystems Technology, Uppsala University
  • 2017, MSc Mechatronic Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China)
  • 2014, BSc Mechanical Engineering, University of Electronical Science and Technology of China (China)

Email: zhenhua.liu@angstrom.uu.se

Ana María Porras - PhD student

Ana María joined the EMBLA research group as a PhD student in September 2016. Her research is focused on chemical micropatterning of 3D cell culture scaffolds for controlled co-cultures. She is exploring methods to locally functionalize the scaffolds for cell-specific adhesion to understand cell-cell communication. 

Short CV

  • Since 2016, PhD student in Microsystems Technology, Uppsala University
  • 2016, MSc Applied Biotechnology, Uppsala University
  • 2014, BSc Biotechnology Engineering, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (Mexico)

Email: ana.maria.porras@angstrom.uu.se

Abdul Raouf Atif - PhD student

Abdul joined the EMBLA research group in October 2018. He is currently working with the integration of Calcium Phosphate Cements into microfluidic devices. The overall aim of the project is to devise a method for reliable assessment and evaluation of biomaterials under in-vitro conditions for bone regeneration.

Short CV

  • Since 2018, PhD student in Microsystems Technology, Uppsala University
  • 2018, MSc Medical Science, Uppsala University
  • 2016, BA Biological Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge (UK)

Telephone: +46 (0)73 97 51 520   E-mail: Abdul-Raouf.Atif@angstrom.uu.se

Gabriel Werr - PhD Student

Gabriel joined the EMBLA research group in June 2019. His research is focused on acoustic trapping for bead-based cytokine detection assays, which will be used for continuous organ-on-chip monitoring. Further, the heating effects during acoustic trapping will be investigated.

Short CV

  • Since 2019, PhD student in Microsystems Technology, Uppsala University
  • 2018, MSc Medical Engineering, Technische Universität München

Email: gabriel.werr@angstrom.uu.se

ALUMNI

  • Sean Searle, Guest PhD student 2017-2019
  • Björn Stenestam, Intern 2019
  • Gianluca Bortolini, Guest Student 2019
  • Per Söderbäck, MSc 2019
  • Julia Levy, Intern 2019
  • Fredrik Lindeberg, MSc 2019
  • Lars Erdmann, MSc 2019
  • Jingyi Sun, MSc 2019
  • Anna Blasi, MSc 2019
  • Gabriel Werr, Intern 2019
  • Sajal Tiwari, MSc 2018
  • Noelia D’Elía, Visiting postdoc, 2018
  • Rebecka Sörensen, MSc 2018
  • Ramón Rial Silva, Visiting PhD student, 2018
  • Anette Wolff, Licentiate 2019
  • Fredrik Lindeberg, Intern 2018
  • Abdul Raouf Atif, MSc 2018
  • Gabriel Werr, MSc 2018
  • Klara Björnander Rahimi, MSc 2018
  • Axel Happstadius, MSc 2017
  • Mathias Ohlin, Postdoc 2015-2017
  • Frida Sjögren, Licentiate 2017 
  • Emma Thomée, MSc 2017
  • Krishna Narayan, MSc 2017
  • Karolina Svensson, MSc 2017 
  • Simonne Jocic, MSc 2016
  • Ana María Porras, MSc 2016
  • Anabel Villanueav, BSc 2016
  • Arun Thumula, MSc 2016
  • Nicki Nordh, MSc 2015