Professor Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede.
Foto: Johan Bodell
Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede elected to Council of Biophysical Society
Chalmers Professor Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede is the first Swede for over fifty years to be elected to the Council of the International Biophysical Society.
Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede was somewhat sceptical when she got an unknown US phone call. Was it a marketing call? But it turned out to be the president of the Biophysical Society who wanted to give her the news in person that she was one of four Society members that had just been elected to the Council.
“I was very delighted. I am very much involved in academic research and science policy here in Sweden, but I would also like to make a contribution at the international level,” says Wittung-Stafshede.
She is the second Swede and the first Swedish woman ever to have been elected to the Council of the Biophysical Society – a major, well-established society whose focus matches Wittung-Stafshede’s research interests well. The field of biophysics is involved in mapping the biological world all the way down to the molecular level. The Biophysical Society was founded in 1958 to encourage development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics. It does so through its many programs, including its meetings, publications, and committee outreach activities. It has over 9000 members.
“In my research group, we try to understand the molecular mechanisms of life and various diseases by performing biophysical and biochemical experiments on various strategic proteins,” explains Wittung-Stafshede.
Among the issues she plans to emphasize during her three years on Council are gender issues, something she has already been involved in through one of the Biophysical Society’s committees. She would also like to try to get more young researchers interested in pursuing biophysics research, and she will make sure a range of topics are included in the program at the Society’s annual conference.
Text: Ingela Roos