Biophysicist Lene Oddershede receives the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences Silver Medal – Niels Bohr Institute - University of Copenhagen

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24 November 2011

Biophysicist Lene Oddershede receives the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences Silver Medal

Lene Oddershede is an associate professor at the Niels Bohr Institute and is working with experimental molecular biophysics. She is being awarded the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters Silver Medal 2011 for her outstanding research into the development and application of optical tweezers. In particular for her studies of  receptors and nanoparticles in living cells.

Lene Oddershede is an associate professor at the Niels Bohr Institute and is working with experimental molecular biophysics. She is being awarded the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters Silver Medal 2011 for her outstanding research into the development and application of optical tweezers.

It is the use optical tweezers on living cells in particular that has generated international attention in Lene Oddershede’s research. An optical trap is an advanced technique with which you can manipulate individual molecules using extremely focused laser light and can study the dynamics of molecules and nanoparticles in living cells.

Lene Oddershede’s contributions to research in this field is “characterised by originality and a high impact on the international scene,” declares the motivation for the awarding of the Silver Medal.

Some of the brightest researchers in the country sit on the committee for the Academy of Sciences and Letters and appoint the annual award winner, which every other year is a researcher in natural sciences.

“It is a huge pat on the back to receive this award which is based on the quality of research and where it is the best researchers in the country who have made the assessment. I am very proud to have received this recognition”, says Lene Oddershede.

The recognition of her research is further elaborated with the justification: ”Lene Oddershede is one of the most talented young Danish biophysicists of her generation. She has broad perspective over a complicated and rapidly growing field and she possesses a special ability for – in a clear and insightful way, attacking a complex problem through a targeted development of the field’s most powerful experimental techniques. At the same time she has a deep understanding of the theoretical sides of her problems. Finally, she is a fine role model for women in physics and scientific research”.

The award ceremony will take place at the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters on Thursday, November 24, 2011, where the Minister for Science, Education and Higher Education, Morten Østergaard, will present the Silver Medal.