The merge of technology and biology

Published Dec 06, 2016

We are happy to welcome assistant professor Anna Herland to the School of electrical engineering! Anna will conduct research within bioelectric hybrid systems, an area that combines two subjects that feel quite far apart – biology and electrical engineering.

Welcome to the School of electrical engineering! Tell us a bit about your field of research and what you will be doing here.

“My work aims to create in vitro cell based models of the human central nervous system and the coupling between the systemic blood circulation and the brain. At KTH, the department of micro and nanosystems, I will focus on further development of these models and also create electrical and biochemical measurement techniques” says Anna. “The idea is to follow real-time changes in the cells in of the nervous system at various kinds of stimuli such as pharmaceuticals or disease progression. The human nervous system is our most complex and least understood organ, and to study and model this organ is important both from the perspective of basic science and for pharmaceutical development.

What are you hopes and expectations? And what are you most looking forward to?

“Thanks to a Wallenberg Academic Fellow scholarship and KTH’s new tenure-track positions, I will have the possibility to start a new research group at the EE-school” Anna says. “I hope to build up a new platform for real-time measurements of the cells of the nervous system. I especially look forward to creating new research activities with new graduate students and postdocs”.

About Anna Herland

Anna Herland started her academic journey at Linköping university where developed electroactive polymers for biochemical and biomedical applications. After a shorter stint in the Life Science industry, Anna continued her academic career at Karolinska Institute researching regenerative medicine. It was during this time that her interest for the central nervous system was initiated. For the last three years, Anna has been at a research exchange at Harvard University, Wyss Institute leading the development of neural systems in a large multidisciplinary DARPA project.

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