This year’s Arne Sjögren award went to Jelena Lovric for best thesis within Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at Chalmers. She was a PhD student in the Analytical Chemistry group supervised by Professor Andrew Ewing at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at and defended her thesis last autumn.
The ceremony took place at the Area of Advance Nanoscience and Nanotechnology’s community building event August 23.
- It is a very pleasant feeling to be awarded. I believe that there are many other PhD students who had challenging and exciting doctoral work which also deserves attention. Additionally, it is a pleasure to know that the scientific community recognizes the significance of the work presented in my thesis and its impact on the future research. It is an award for all people I shared the work with, says Jelena Lovric.
Her advice to other PhD students to succeed with their thesis is to keep being curious, open to collaborations and have self-motivation.
- It may happen that you find yourself without scientific results for longer periods of time. During those times it is important to find the ways to stay motivated and remind yourself of the importance of your research, she says.
Her thesis is named Probing secretory vesicles and liposome model systems using nanoscale electrochemistry and mass spectrometry in which she is exploring how a cell communicates with its surroundings. Knowledge about this could, in the long run, lead to a better understanding of different processes such as learning and memory, altered neuronal activity associated with phenomena of drug abuse and different neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
See a video where Jelena Lovric explains what her thesis is about.
Read more about the Arne Sjögren award (in Swedish)
Text and image: Mats Tiborn