Dr. Ine Larsen Jernelv wins the Chorafas prize for her outstanding PhD research

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Congratulations to our group member, Dr. Ine Larsen Jernelv, for winning the prestigious Chorafas Prize for her outstanding research.

During her PhD studies at NTNU (Trondheim, Norway), Jernelv worked on mid-infrared tunable laser spectroscopy for glucose sensing. The work was part of the Artificial Pancreas Trondheim (APT) group at NTNU with funding from the Research Council of Norway (grant numbers 248872 and 248810). Jernelv defended her thesis on August 18, 2020. She was affiliated the Dept. of Electronic Systems with main supervisor Prof. Astrid Aksnes and co-supervisor Prof. Dag Roar Hjelme.


Upcoming talk:

Dr. Ine Larsen Jernelv will hold a talk on ‘Glucose Sensing with Spectroscopy & Chip-Based Super-Resolution Microscopy’

Time and Location: Friday Dec. 3 at 10:15-11:00 in EL5, Elektro building, Gløshaugen, NTNU


More about Dr. Jernelv’s research:

Glucose sensing in the human body is an important tool in healthcare, and is critically important for patients with diabetes. During my PhD I worked on a system for laser-based spectroscopy of fluids for glucose sensing. Unlike the chemical methods used today, laser based glucose sensing is non-destructive and reagent-free. We developed a complete prototype system from the ground up, as well as with standalone software for data analysis. The system was developed with optical fibres to enable future glucose monitoring under the skin or in the abdominal cavity. With this system we demonstrated that laser-based spectroscopy can give stable measurements of glucose in biofluids comparable to commercial glucose sensors.

Last year I started a research position at UiT working on super-resolution microscopy. Super-resolution microscopy encompasses several microscopy methods that all use different techniques to break the diffraction limit in optical microscopy. The best possible resolution of these methods is ~50 nm, while conventional microscopy is limited to ~250 nm resolution. The optics group at UiT has developed new technology to shift super-resolution microscopy from large and complex equipment to a compact and simplified solution: chip-based super-resolution microscopy. This chip-based solution is being further developed for commercialisation, and has lead to the creation of a start-up company, ChipNano Imaging.


More about the Chorafas Prize:

NTNU is invited yearly by the Swiss Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation to nominate a candidate for the Chorafas prize for outstanding research in selected fields in the engineering sciences, medicine, and the natural sciences. It rewards research characterized by its high potential for practical application and by the special significance attached to its aftermath.  Every year, partner universities in Europe, North America and Asia evaluate the research work of their graduating doctorate students and propose the best for prizing.