Meet the UiODoc executive committee for 2017/2018. You can also read a description of the positions and tasks.
Désirée Treichler, ad-interim President. Postdoc at the Department of Geosciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Désirée looks at changes of mountain glaciers and snow at large scales, using remotely sensed data from satellites. She came to Norway to embark on a PhD after several years of working in- and outside academia and has been a member of the UiODoc board since 2014. Previously, she has been engaged in board work for many years in Switzerland, Australia and Norway. When not sitting in her office or teaching, she is a keen explorer of the outdoors – near and far, and particularly high up in the Mountains.
Diana Saplacan, Secretary. PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Informatics, in the Research Group for Design of Information Systems. In her research, she is particularly interested in design of digital technologies for lifelong lasting learning, with a special focus on feedback. She has previously studied computer science in Sweden, and has worked both within- and outside academia. She has a particular interest in pedagogics, a theme that is present even in her current research projects. Currently, she is also a board member of the National Association of Doctoral Organizations in Norway (Stipendiatorganisatsjonene I Norge).
.Marion Duparc, Treasurer. PhD at the Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN), Institute of Chemistry. Marion is working for an industrial project where she studies and develops new heterogeneous catalysts to reduce ammonia emissions. Her project involves the synthesis and characterization of oxide-based catalysts and catalyst testing towards the low temperature oxidation of ammonia. She has previously studied materials engineering and solid state chemistry in France and has experience in both academia and industry. Marion has a particular interest in ethics and innovation in academia.
Georgios Kalantzopoulos, Public relations officer / Policy officer. Postdoc at the Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology Chemistry, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Georgios studies materials for the petrochemical industry using advanced Synchrotron techniques and develops novel materials for the capture of CO2 that is strongly related with today's climate change. He has worked as scientist in different materials- and instruments-related topics in Greece, Italy, Germany and Norway and has collaborations in many countries world-wide. Georgios is very concious about increasing the awareness of society on the connection between research and every-day life quality improvement. In his free time he takes his photographic gear and hikes in nature using photography as an excuse to reach places he would not normally go.
Henrik Sveinsson, SiN Liaison officer / Policy officer. PhD Candidate at the Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Henrik studies the mechanical properties of gas hydrates – gas-rich icy substances that can be found under the seafloor and in the arctic tundra. Before joining UiODoc, Henrik has been engaged in university politics for several years, both at the Student Parliament at the University of Oslo, and in the board of the National Union of Students in Norway.
Tatjana Bosnjak, SiN liaison officer. Tatjana has a Master of Science of Pharmacy and is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, University of Oslo, Norway. She studies how different drugs and substances affect our body, i.e. pharmacology. Her particular focus is to elucidate what roles proteolytic enzymes have in normal physiology and in diseases such as cancer, atherosclerosis and osteoporosis. Currently, she is working on illuminating the cellular and molecular mechanisms in bone remodeling and bone cell functions under physiological and pathological conditions of bone loss.
Clara Froment, Events Officer. Postdoc at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Clara is a solar physicist mainly investigating the processes that heat the outer layer of the Solar atmosphere, the corona. She is mainly an observer, using a combination of satellites and ground observations that span the different layer of the solar atmosphere. Clara likes to participate to outreach activities and enjoys a lot discovering new countries.
Enrico Catalano, Representatives officer. Postdoc at Department of Clinical Molecular Biology (Epigen lab), University of Oslo. Enrico is implementing a new innovative research line in the laboratory of Cancer Genomics of Prof. Vessela Kristensen to apply cancer nanotechnology to fight metastatic breast cancer based on a smart nanomedicine platform of magnetic hyperthermia and targeted drug delivery by magnetic properties of iron-oxide nanoparticles that overcomes multiple biological barriers for cancer drug delivery to target accurately the cancer site with magnetic nanoparticles under the influence of an external magnetic field.
Before joining UiODoc, Enrico already gained board work experience in Italy as the President of the local committee of University Milano-Bicocca for science activities in Physics and Nanotechnology. The time outside the lab he practices swimming and other sports and meets friends in the city centre of Oslo.
Arsenii Zabirnyk, Events officer. Marie Curie postoctoral fellow at Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine. Arsenii investigates severe cardiovascular disease - aortic valve stenosis, trying to understand the mechanisms underlying pathogenic valve calcification and stop them. Previously he has investigated cardiovascular diseases and adult stem cells in Ukrainian and Russian research institutes and universities where he was also involved in temporary staff self-organisation. He is fond of free-diving, spearfishing and hiking – especially during the mushroom season.
Daniel Arnesson, PR officer. PhD Candidate at the Department of Petroleum and Energy, Faculty of Law, where Daniel examines the evolution of renewable energy certificate markets and their future role in different parts of the world. He has been the leader of the PhD Council at the Faculty of Law and represented the temporary academic staff in the Faculty Board. Daniel aspires to be done with his PhD by summer 2018 and is looking forward to contribute to the work of UiODoc in the meantime.
Sofie A. E. Høgestøl, board member (former President, temporary on leave). PhD Candidate at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law. Sofie A. E. Høgestøl is a PhD Fellow at the Norwegian Center for Human Rights where she conducts research on international criminal courts. She represented the temporary academic staff in UiO's University Board from 2014-2016 and took over as president for UiODoc in fall 2016.