Mie Kristensen, Assistant professor07. June 2019

  • What motivated you to become a scientist?

    I have always been curious and very detail oriented. Becoming a scientist was, however, not a childhood dream, but came rather late to me. I started studying biochemistry at University of Copenhagen (UCPH) due to a general interest in biology and chemistry, but it wasn’t until I started my Master’s thesis work that I realized that a PhD was actually the way to go for me. Today, I am very happy that I made that choice!

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

    I hold a Master’s degree from UCPH but carried out my Master’s thesis work within developmental neurobiology at Max Delbrück Centrum for Molecular Medicine in Berlin. Thereafter, I continued for a year as Research Assistant at Max Delbrück before starting my PhD at the Department of Pharmacy at UCPH. The focus of my PhD was oral delivery of biologics and I continued within that field for 1½ year as Postdoc. My main interests lie within biological barriers as barriers towards successful drug delivery, and for the last two years I have been employed as Assistant Professor in the CNS Drug Delivery and Barrier Modelling group headed by Birger Brodin.

  • What are you working on at the moment?

    Within the RIBBDD network I am involved in projects exploiting so-called cell-penetrating peptides as shuttles for brain drug delivery. More specifically, my role is studying if and how such peptides are taken up by the blood-brain barrier endothelial cells and potentially translocated to the brain.

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

    The most exciting thing about being a scientist must be the fact that new puzzling questions continuously pop up.

  • What do you do when you are not working?

    I (of cause) love spending time with my husband and 6 year old son! Also, spending time with friends, going to concerts, dining out (and in), and traveling are among my favorite things to do.