Kasper Kristensen , Researcher05. May 2020

  • What motivated you to become a scientist?

    I have always wanted a job where I could make a positive contribution to the world. In principle, there are many different jobs that allow for that, but having a flair for the mathematical and natural sciences, I found these disciplines to be a natural career path for me. As a scientist, I have the opportunity to contribute with important knowledge that essentially may help to guide the development of new technologies.

  • How did you end up doing what you do today?

    I originally studied Physics and Nanotechnology at the Technical University of Denmark, but during my time as a student, I found out that I was also very interested in many other topics within the biological and pharmaceutical sciences. I therefore ended up with a very interdisciplinary education, bringing me to join Professor Thomas Andresen’s group to do a PhD within biophysics. Upon finishing my PhD, I have stayed in the same group for a number of years working on a range of different projects, all related to drug delivery.

  • What are you working on at the moment?

    Within the RIBBDD network, I am working with liposomal drug delivery systems, that is, I am working with synthetic nanoscale lipid vesicles that may carry drugs to specific locations in the body, including the brain. I am in particular trying to understand the biological mechanisms that determine the fate of the lipid vesicles in the body, for example, to elucidate the functional role of proteins binding to the vesicles in the bloodstream.

  • What do you think the most exciting about being a scientist is?

    There are so many nice aspects of being a scientist. For instance, I enjoy spending my workday interacting with many interesting people, and also to go into the laboratory to try out new and exciting ideas. But if I have to choose just one thing, it would be that I really love to have a job that is actually not only a job but also a great interest of mine.

  • What do you do when you are not working?

    I spend most of my spare time with my wonderful wife and four-month old daughter, not forgetting my always-energetic dog. I also enjoy reading books, and when not in the combined baby and corona virus bubble, meeting with friends and family as well as travelling the world.