Short CV/Education and training

  • Current Positions

  • Since 2021
    Division Head, Biomedical Engineering, UU

  • Since 2019
    Professor (Uppsala University, Sweden)

  • Since 2015
    Faculty Member (Science for Life Laboratory, Sweden)

Previous Positions

  • 2016 – 2019
    Senior Lecturer (Uppsala University, Sweden)

  • 2014 – 2016
    Associate Senior Lecturer (Uppsala University, Sweden)

  • 2013 – 2015
    Assistant Professor (Lund University, Sweden)

  • 2012 – 2013
    Researcher (Lund University, Sweden)

  • 2011 – 2012
    Project Coordinator ( Lund University-MAX IV Laboratory, Sweden)

  • 2008 – 2011
    Assistant Professor (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)

  • 2007 – 2008
    Postdoctoral Researcher (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)

  • 2003 – 2007
    PhD in Microtechnology (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)

  • 2002 – 2003
    MSc in Physics (Lund University, Sweden)

  • 1999 – 2002
    BSc (Hons.) in Physics (Imperial College, United Kingdom)

Selected publications

  • A. Fornell, M. Ohlin, F. Garofalo, J. Nilsson, M. Tenje. An intra-droplet particle switch for droplet microfluidics using bulk acoustic waves, Biomicrofluidics 11(3) 031101 (2017), DOI: 10.1063/1.4984131.

  • S. Jocic, G. Mestres, M. Tenje. Fabrication of an user-friendly and biomimetic 1,1’-carbonyldiimidazole cross-linked gelatin/agar microfluidic device, Materials Science and Engineering C 76 (2017) 1175-1180, DOI: 10.1016/j.msec.2017.03.030.

  • M. Andersson, Q. JIa, A. Abella, X-Y. Lee, M. Landreh, P. Purhonen, H. Hebert, M. Tenje, C.V. Robinson, Q. Meng, G.R. Plaza, J. Johansson, A. Rising. Biomimetic spinning of artificial spider silk from chimeric minispidroin, Nature Chemical Biology 13 (2017) 262-264, DOI: 10.1038/nchembio.2269.

  • A. Fornell, J. Nilsson, L. Jonsson, P. Periyannan Rajeswari, H. N. Joensson, M. Tenje. Controlled lateral positioning of microparticles inside droplets using acoustophoresis, Analytical Chemistry 87(20) (2015) 10521-105426, DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.5b02746.

  • M. Tenje, M.N. Lundgren, A-M. Swärd-Nilsson, J. Kjelsen-Kragh, L. Lyxe, A. Lenshof. Acoustophoretic removal of proteins from blood components, Biomedical Microdevices 17(5) (2015) 95, DOI: 10.1007/s10544-015-0003-5.

  • L. Amato, A. Heiskanen, R. Jul Hansen, L. Gammelgaard, T. Rindzevicius, M. Tenje, J. Emnéus, S. S. Keller. Dense high-aspect ratio 3D carbon pillars on interdigitated microelectrode arrays, Carbon 94 (2015) 792-803, DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2015.06.014.

  • A. Wolff, M. Antfolk, B. Brodin, M. Tenje. In vitro blood-brain barrier models – an overview of established models and new microfluidic approaches, Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 104 (2015) 2727-2746, DOI: 10.1002/jps.24329.

  • M. Evander, M. Tenje. Increasing the complexity of glass capillaries in microfluidic applications using PMMA-capillary interfaces, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering 24 (2014) 027003 (5pp), DOI: 10.1088/0960-1317/24/2/027003.

  • A. Boisen, S. Dohn, S. Keller, S. Schmid, M. Tenje. Cantilever-like micromechanical sensors, Reports on Progress in Physics 74 (2011) 036101, DOI: 10.1088/0034-4885/74/3/036101.

  • X. Quan, L.M. Fischer, A. Boisen, M. Tenje. Development of nanoporous gold electrodes for electrochemical applications, Microelectronic Engineering 88(8) (2011) 2379-2382, DOI: 10.1016/j.mee.2010.12.121.

  • M. Nordström, D.A. Zauner, M. Calleja, J. Hübner, A. Boisen. Integrated optical read-out for miniaturisation of cantilever-based sensors system, Applied Physics Letters 91(10) (2007) 103512, DOI: 10.1063/1.2779851.

  • M. Nordström, R. Marie, M. Calleja, A. Boisen. Rendering SU-8 hydrophilic to facilitate use in micro channel fabrication, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering 14 (2004) 1614-1617, DOI: 10.1088/0960-1317/14/12/003.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects


  • Wallenberg Academy Fellow Prolongation, “Acoustofluidic solutions to realise an advanced human in vitro glioblastoma model” Main applicant, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, SEK 8,750,000

  • ERC Starting Grant “Sophisticated 3D cell culture scaffolds for Next Generation Barrier-on-chip In vitro models”, Main applicant, European Research Council

  • Research Environment funding, “The physics of genetic information processing” Co-applicant, Swedish Research Council, Sweden

  • Wallenberg Academy Fellow, “Microengineering for reliable in vitro models of biological barriers” Main applicant, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, SEK 15,000,000 (incl. 7.5 MSEK co-funding from Uppsala University)

  • SciLifeLab Pilot facility funding – “Customized microfluidics”, Co-applicant, Science for Life Laboratory

  • Project funding – “New approaches in droplet microfluidics for single-cell analysis” Young Investigators, Main applicant, The Swedish Research Council (VR)

  • Project funding – “Microsystem for blood-brain barrier nanotoxicology studies” Young Investigators, Main applicant, The Swedish Research Council Formas, Stockholm, Sweden

Outreach Activities

  • 2017: Forskarfredag (Researcher’s Night) at the Science Centre 2047, Borlänge. Played the science game Expedition Mundus as a representative from the Young Academy of Sweden.

  • 2017: The vast possibilities with Microsystems technology. Popular science presentation at the Ångström 20 years celebration about the research activities at our division.

  • 2016: Genius lecture. Invited to talk about my research career and the aspects of being a woman in a male dominated field to undergraduate students on the Physics programme. Presentation title: ‘Vad jag forskar på och hur jag hamnade här’ (What my research is about and how I ended up here).

  • 2016: Forskarfredag (Researcher’s Night) at the Science Centre Vattenhallen, Lund. Participated both with exhibition on droplet microfluidic research (together with PhD students Anna Fornell and Frida Sjögren) and played the science game Expedition Mundus as a representative from the Young Academy of Sweden.

  • 2015: Forskarfredag (Researcher’s Night) at the Science Centre Vattenhallen, Lund. Participated together with PhD student Anna Fornell to display live demo on droplet microfluidics to high school students.

  • 2015: Career Day at Kunskapsskolan, Stockholm. Participated as a representative of the Young Academy of Sweden to present to high school students what life as a researcher is.

  • 2014: The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014 – school visit at Kungsholmens gymnasium, Stockholm. Participated in the event organised by KVA as a representative of The Young Academy of Sweden. Presentation to high school students and the three Nobel Laureates on the topic “Why did I become a scientist, and why should you?”

  • 2014: Forskarfredag (Researcher’s Night) at the Science Centre Vattenhallen, Lund. Invited to participate to show research activities. PhD student Anna Fornell presented her project.

  • 2013: Forskarfredag (Researcher’s Night) at Vattenhallen, Lund. Showed the work from the CellCARE project in a live demo to high school students. I was one of five researchers from the University invited for this event.

Academic Services

  • Since 2021: Associate Editor Biomedical Microdevices, Springer Nature

  • Since 2021: Editorial board member, Stem Cell Reports, ISSCR

  • 2016 – 2019: Invited Editorial Board Member of Microelectronic Engineering, Elsevier.

  • 2016: Member of Local Organising Committee for TERMIS-EU 2016 (European Chapter Meeting of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society) (abstract reviewing and technical support)

  • Since 2007: Member of the International Program Committee for the International Conference on Micro- and Nano-engineering (MNE).

  • 2007 – 2014: Member of Editorial Board of Journal of Sensors, Hindawi Publishing Corporation. I resigned by own initiative in 2014 due to my changed research focus.

  • 2008: Coordinator of local organising committee for the workshop International Network for Young Scientists (INYS 2008), Copenhagen, Denmark, March 5-7 2008. The workshop had approx. 25 participants.

  • 2007 – 2011: Member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the International workshop on Nanomechanical sensors.

  • 2007: Co-Program Chair for the 33rd International Conference on Micro- and Nano-engineering (MNE 2007), Copenhagen, Denmark, September 23-27 2007. The conference had approx. 500 participants.

  • 2006: Member of the local organising committee for the International workshop on Nanomechanical sensors, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 8-12 2006.

  • Since 2005: Reviewer for Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, Institute of Physics; Lab on a Chip, Royal Society of Chemistry; Langmuir, American Chemical Society; Biosensors & Bioelectronics, Microelectronic Engineering, Applied Surface Science, Sensors and Actuators A: Physical and Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical Elsevier; Sensors Journal and Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems IEEE; and EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation Springer.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Young Academy of Sweden, 2014 – 2019

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married to Niklas Tenje, two sons (born 2008 and 2011).


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