We are an interdisciplinary team of 15 students and 2 coaches, coming from various parts of the world, at Uppsala University. Our aim is to manufacture a biosensor for detection of interleukin 6 (IL-6) for early-stage diagnosis of sepsis. We wish to develop a highly sensitive, specific, cost effective and user-friendly biosensor for rapid detection of elevated levels of IL-6. Our goal is to build a strong team with different expertise to learn new things and deepen our knowledge in different scientific areas at same time that we develop a novel biosensor for IL-6 detection. Participating in the SensUs competition provides us with an opportunity to contribute to the improvement of patient diagnosis for conditions such as sepsis, where monitoring of IL-6 levels is of great importance. The experience we gain from developing and building a biosensor is something that we can employ in future challenges. Furthermore, being part of SensUs 2022 will provide us a platform to exchange our ideas on a global level, and it will also help us to network within healthcare and life-science sections.
With great enthusiasm, passion for the goal and dedication we will enjoy this journey together with SensUs organization and the other participating teams to develop a biosensor for IL-6. We are looking forward to seeing you in Eindhoven!
Below find our own individual introductions. Get to know us!
My name is Eva and I’m from Greece. My background is in Biology and I’m doing my master now in cell and molecular biology at Uppsala University. I really like sports such as gymnastics, rafting, skydiving and many more. It’s a big challenge for me to participate in the UppSense to manufacture a biosensor for detecting acute inflammation, focusing on sepsis.
My name is Paula, and I am an international student from Spain. My bachelor’s background is in Biotechnology, Computer Engineering. But now I am studying my first-year master´s in Bioinformatics at Uppsala University because I want to be able to help in discovering the cure for diseases such as cancer that affects a lot of people. I think SensUs is a great opportunity to help other people, who in this case suffer from diseases related to Interleukin 6, and at the same time to meet new people while you learn a lot of new things and expanding connections.
Hey! I am Mallika Chaukar from Mumbai, India. I am studying for Masters in Chemistry, Chemical Biology at Uppsala University. My bachelor’s education was mainly in organic chemistry and chemical engineering. Since the interface of Organic chemistry and biology are the areas of my interest, I am excited to be part of UppSense and to build a biosensor. I am looking forward to working on this project with my team and developing a network in the field of biosensing. In my free time, I enjoy reading books and doing crafts!
My name is Jasmine and I’m from Sweden. I did my bachelor’s in Biomedicine at Karolinska Institutet. Here in Uppsala, I’m enrolled in the Master in Applied biotechnology. I’m excited to join this year’s interdisciplinary and internal SensUs team in the pursuit of designing and developing a biosensor for the detection of acute inflammation. I believe SensUs is a great opportunity to apply my acquired skills and learn more during this process from my fellow teammates.
Hej! My name is Chiara and I am from Primiero, a small valley in the Dolomites in Italy. Here in Uppsala I am enrolled in the Master in Bioinformatics. I am interested in how informatics can be applied to biological problems and this is what I would like to explore during this project. I am really excited to work together with these awesome people and put together our strengths to develop an innovative tool.
And yes, as you can see I enjoy climbing and living an outdoor life.
My name is Jesper, but my friends call me JP. I am finishing my final year of my M.Sc in Chemical Engineering, specializing in materials science such as micro- and nano-technology and biomaterials. My plan for the future is to combine these two areas in order to change the way diagnostics are made by moving toward continuous monitoring of biomarkers instead of single samples. Therefore, I am incredibly happy to be part of the SensUs competition 2022!
My name is Kristian Eriksson and I am 24 years old and come from Stockholm, Sweden.
Before my Master’s studies in molecular medicine, which I am currently in, I studied a bachelor’s in molecular biology. When I heard about SensUs it immediately got my attention since it was something new and challenging. And because learning about new concepts outside my normal field is something I always strive to do, this seemed like the perfect way to do it. Above all that, meeting new people, especially from other parts of the world is something that made SensUs even more exciting. Hopefully, my knowledge will contribute to the project, and I expect to learn a lot of new things and of course, to have a lot of fun along the way!
Hello, my name is Joel Leufstadius and I am from Sweden. Currently, I am pursuing a master’s degree in chemistry focusing on biochemistry. I am looking forward to participating in the SensUs 2022 competition, it is an excellent opportunity to apply the knowledge that I already have while simultaneously learning many new things. Furthermore, working and developing a biosensor with an interdisciplinary team like this is something that I believe will be an extremely valuable experience moving forward in life.
My name is Favour and I’m from Nigeria. Currently running a masters program in Biochemistry at Uppsala University.
It’s been a core part of my life to be a source of value wherever I find myself, and this fueled my desire to be part of the UpSense team, where other team members with like passion and I can collectively add value to the world and be solution providers through the innovation of a novel Biosensor for sepsis.
Hi, my name is Giorgio and I am a student in the MSc in chemistry for renewable energies, I previously graduated in chemistry in Italy and I have a background in photocatalysis. I joined SensUs because I wanted to take part in a challenging and stimulating project. Moreover, I want to work in an interdisciplinary team in order to explore fields different from mine.
My name is Ivana Suchankova and I am a first-year MSc student in Infection Biology at Uppsala University. I found my passion in molecular processes and potential use in biotechnology. I am beyond excited to work with talented people from numerous disciplines and I am looking forward to developing a novel diagnostic tool.
My name is Jácome Toste and I’m a first-year student of MSc in Infection Biology at Uppsala University. I’m from Portugal, and I have completed my BSc in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Lisbon University. I’m extremely passionate about learning new things, learning from my peers, and my research interest lies among the immunology and virology interface. I’m really excited to be a part of SensUS, as it will allow me to expand my knowledge, but it will also provide me with the chance of designing a cost-effective sensitive biosensor that could have widespread applicability in the medical field and potentially help millions of people affected by sepsis.
My name is Luc but everybody calls me Luc. I’m a mechanical engineer from France and I study a second master in materials engineering at Uppsala. I joined UppSens to get some practical experience in a useful way. And it’s a lot of fun!
Hi! This is Qingyu Yang. I’m from China and right now I am studying for a master in Bio/nano Materials at Uppsala University. I’m super excited to be part of the SensUs Uppsala 2022 team and hope our product will make some difference in the world.
Hi! I’m Paolo and I come from a small town in the middle of the Italian Alps. I’ve started my first year in Uppsala studying applied biotechnology and I’m really excited to be a part of the SensUs team. I’m proud to have the chance to participate in a project that not only will offer me a chance to grow professionally as part of a team, but will also result in something tangible, that will help make the life of our community better.
I hope to expand my perspective, learn and make new friends and connections!