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Meet the people who make things happen!
Dina Petranovic
CEO

Dr Dina Petranovic is Assistant Professor in Molecular Biology and group leader at Chalmers University of Technology. Dina has her PhD in Molecular Microbiology from Université Paris XI (2000-2004) and her postdoctoral training from Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen (2004-2008). The main research subject of Dina's group is cell aging and death, in unicellular model organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The interest in study cellular regulations of aging and death pathways is of relevance for biomedical and applied research. Presently Dina is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Of Molecular Frontiers.

Per Thorén
COO

Per Thorén earned his PhD in Physical chemistry at Chalmers University of Technology in 2003. His primary research area is in cellular delivery of macromolecules, but he has also worked on surfactants for solubilization of poorly soluble drugs. He he has been a part of Molecular Frontiers since it was formed in 2006, managing most of our activities.

At present, he is Chief Operating Officer(COO) of Molecular Frontiers and Project Manager for MoleClues.

Åsa Rensfeldt
Lead Organizer of the Molecular Frontiers Inquiry Prize

Åsa Rensfeldt has a Master´s degree in Biotechnology at Chalmers University of Technology, and is currently working at AstraZeneca. She was part of the organizing committee of the Molecular Frontiers Symposium and Nobel Workshops in Gothenburg in 2015. Since 2016, Åsa is Lead Organizer of the Molecular Frontiers Inquiry Prize.

Magdalena Eriksson
Director, Molecular Frontiers Ghana

Dr. Eriksson is professor of biochemistry at School of Medical Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Ghana.  She earned her Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1988.  Since 2003 she holds a master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Michael Khor
Director, Molecular Frontiers Singapore

Professor Khor is Director of Research Support Office (RSO) and Bibliometrics Analysis at NTU, Singapore since Oct 2011. He has previously held the position of Director of Research at NTU (2004-2008) and Deputy Director, Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA) prior to joining the National Research Foundation (NRF) in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) as Director (Projects) in March 2008. He returned to NTU at end-2009 to take up the position of Associate Provost (Research) until end-Sept 2011. He has been invited as Visiting Professor by the National Defense Academy, Japan in 2001 and was invited as Guest Professor by Zhejiang University, PR China. Among other research awards he received are the Japan Science and Technology Agency (STA) Fellowship and the Japan National Institutes of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Fellowship. He has served as President, Institute of Materials East Asia since 1996 and currently chairs the Electronics Application Division board of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM³).

Shuguang Zhang
Director, Molecular Frontiers USA

Shuguang Zhang is the Associate Director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and was a recipient of Regent Fellowship and a Graduate Mentor Fellowship at UCSB.  He was a past American Cancer Society Fellow at MIT.  He discovered a self-assembling peptide system while working in molecular and structural biology with Alexander Rich at MIT.  This serendipitous discovery was selected to be one of the fifteen research achievements over last quart century at MIT.  He pursues actively on the various self-assembling peptide systems to develop a new class of biological materials including peptide matrix scaffold for tissue engineering, biological surface engineering for cell pattern formation, molecular switch, biological operating systems and surfactant peptide nanotubes.  He also works on problems to gain understanding of a class of protein conformational diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and the prion diseases (mad cow disease).  He holds three US patents and additional seven pending patents on the self-assembling peptide systems.

He is a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and Sichuan University in Chengdu, China.  He is member of AAAS, American Society of Biochemistry and molecular Biology, the Human Genome Organization Americas, the Protein Society, New York Academy of Sciences, The International Society for the Study of Origin of Life, and the honorary society of Sigma Xi. 

Andreas Mershin
Founder of the Molecular Frontiers Inquiry Prize

Andreas studied physics at Imperial College in London and earned his MS and PhD in physics from Texas A&M University. As a Sr. Postdoctoral Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) he is researching biophotovoltaics and biochemical sensors. With a strong interest in popularizing science, he is a serial entrepreneur and a business idea competition winner, a multiple participant in the MIT 100K competition and a founding member and lead organizer of the "HBN Big Idea Competition". Andreas is now Lead Organizer of the Molecular Frontiers Inquiry Prize.

Helena Ledmyr
Editor, Science outreach coordinator for Sweden

Helena Ledmyr studied molecular biology at the Stockholm University in Sweden, and earned her Ph.D. in cardiovascular medicine at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, in 2004. She was recruited for Molecular Frontiers while she was working at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences as an administrator and communications officer. Currently she holds a position as Development Officer at the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility. 

She functions as an editor for molecularfrontiers.org and she helps organize the annual Molecular Frontiers symposium at the academy. She also produces communications materials for the Foundation.

Henrik Sundén
MoleClues Editorial Board Member

Henrik Sundén, is since early 2013 employed as assistant professor at the department of Chemical and biological engineering at the division for organic Chemistry at Chalmers, Gothenburg.

Henrik has a strong background in organic synthesis with experience from organocatalysis, transition metal catalysis, total synthesis and medicinal chemistry. Recent research interests involve green chemistry and benign oxidation reactions.

Deborah Donnelly McLay
Outreach assistant

Deborah Donnelly-McLay is an international airline pilot, aeronautical science professor, and STEM advocate and mentor. Deborah is involved with various organizations to promote education to youth, including Molecular Frontiers Foundation, Rotary International, YMCA and Women in Aviation. Deborah was awarded 2012 UPS Pilot of the Year Award.
 

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