Be part of SensUs 2019!

What is SensUs Uppsala?

We are a team of students representing Uppsala University in TU/e‘s SensUs competition. SensUs is an international student competition that takes place each year in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Here student teams present their own molecular biosensors for healthcare applications.

Read more on the official SensUs page:

Be part of the Uppsala SensUs team in 2019!

This year the sensor will be about the biomarker Etanercept for Rheumatoid arthritis.

Why should I be part of the team?

Being part of the SensUs competition represents being part of something bigger: 14 universities all around the world will be working towards the same goal! At Uppsala University, you will be exposed to a real research environment, both in the lab and by having discussions with PhD students, researchers and professors working in different fields. You will also have the chance to discuss the project with companies in the Uppsala-Stockholm area. On top of getting practical and theoretical knowledge, you will also be working with a multidisciplinary group of students fighting towards the same goal. Last but not least… we hope you will have lots of fun!

Can I fit SensUs in my schedule?

Defenitively, SensUs is planned as a 15 hp course called “Innovation of Molecular Biosensors” (course code: 3MG039).

Follow this link to get more information about the course.

For how long should I engage?

The team will work together from November 2018 until September 2019, when the actual contest takes place in The Netherlands.

During this period of time the engagement might vary, but you should count on an average of 25% for these 10 months (with the intensity increasing during the summer up to 50-75%).

How can I apply?

Send your CV and motivation letter to one of the coordinators of the team, Gemma Mestres:

DEADLINE: October 1st 2018

Join the challenge!


SensUs Uppsala:

We are the team that represents the Uppsala University in the SensUs competition. SensUs is a yearly international student competition on molecular biosensors for healthcare applications, which is held in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Competition of 2018:

This year 13 university teams from different countries will compete in SensUs. The focus is on developing an innovative biosensor for the Therapeutic Drug Monitoring of Vancomycin. Therefore is the  Uppsala University team using the name Uppsala Vancomycin Sensors (U.V.S.) in this years competition. We are a group of international master students out of different disciplines that are working together in Uppsala (Sweden).

Find out more:

You can meet the current team here: Uppsala SensUs Team 2018
Or you can read more about the competition at

Uppsala University logo SensUs logo


The Uppsala University team is changing each year.

If you would like to participate or support the team you can contact Gemma Mestres Beà or Masood Kamali-Moghaddam.

Gemma Mestres,
PhD, docent (Associate Professor)
Department of Engineering Sciences
Ångströmlab, Lägerhyddsv. 1
752 37 Uppsala
Masood Kamali-Moghaddam,
Senior Lecturer
BMC, Husargatan 3
751 22 Uppsala

2018 – U.V.S.

groupphoto of a participating team at SensUs, an international student competition at TU Eindhoven on a biosensor for antibiotic vancomycin. (picture taken by Bart van Overbeeke)

Uppsala Vancomycin Sensors (U.V.S.)  is the name of the Uppsala University SensUs team that participated in the competition of 2018.

U.V.S. logo

Topic of 2018:

With the overuse of antibodies running rampant across the world, the threat of drug-resistant bacteria grows day-by-day. With our first-line antibiotics quickly becoming ineffective, we are forced more and more to use our “last resort” antibiotics. Vancomycin is one such antibiotic. While very effective against certain strains of bacteria, it can potentially have harmful side-effects if the dosage is not carefully controlled.

This is where we come in! We aim to design a cheap, yet reliable biosensor which will enable patients to easily track the amount of Vancomycin in their body. With that, we hope this form of convenient monitoring will help patients decide the correct dosage when it is needed.

You can find more information about the competition of 2018 here: SensUs 2018

And here you can find more information about the U.V.S. team:

Team members:

Abdul Raouf Atif, Adena Pepich, Adnan Al-Baba, Drew Lindsay, Edith Romero, Ken Braesch-Andersen, Robin Söderholm and Tobias Mages.

U.V.S. team members


Images of 2018:

(pictures by Bart van Overbeeke)


U.V.S. sponsors in 2018:

We would like to thank all our sponsors. Without them our work would not be possible to continue.

U.V.S. sponsors in 2018