Martin Dufva

Martin Dufva

Groupleader, Associate Professor

Department of Health Technology

Technical University of Denmark


Building 423, room 024

2800 Kgs. Lyngby

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1992 - 1998
Msc in Molecular Biology, Göteborg University

Academic degrees

M Sc Molecular Biology


1987 - 1990
Atlas Resor A/B, Programmer
1991 - 2001
SIXU förenings service, Computer consultant

Language skills

Swedish (mother language), English, Danish (spoken)

Areas of expertise

Research profile

The major research line is to create in vivo like condition in vitro  and to monitor, in real time, intracellular events like the regulation of key genes. Currently, the technology is used  for stem cell research. The problems investigated are to control and increase the efficiency of stem cell differentiation (mostly adult stem cells like nerve stem cells and adipocyte stem cells) and migration to sites of injury (mesenchymal stem cells). The aim of the research is to find tools based to gain new biological knowledge. The approach is integrating many fields of technology, including micro and nanotechnology, automation, surface chemistry and molecular biology. A lesser part of the research interests is microarray technology and its applications in cell function, genetics, proteomics and implementation in point of care devices. In this research line, the interests are in mechanistic insight of biomolecule/surface interactions, assay development strategies and surface chemistries.

International experience

  • 2003-2006. Danish Research Council appointed contact person for a Ph D. student (Anpan Han Neuchâtel, Switzerland). The work includes evaluating the progress of the Ph D project, which provides the basis for further founding from the Council.
  • Reviewer for: European Research council, ERC (2013, 2015, 2016),  EU-Marie Curie (2016), Engineering and Physical Research Council (2009, UK), FP7 reviewer (2009), Swiss National Science foundation (2008), Cancer Research foundation UK (2005), The Agency for Science, Technology and Research’s (A*STAR) Biomedical Research Council (BMRC) in Singapore (2005). 
  • 2008 External examiner of the PhD thesis  “Development of a real time array platform for nucleic acid detection using microfluidics ad microheaters” by Layne D Williams. Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Utah, USA. 
  • 2010. External examiner of Anders Carlsson PhD thesis “Molecular serum Portraits – a step towards personalized medicine”. Lund University, Sweden.
  • 2012. External examiner of Marcel Reichen PhD project “Multiplexed microfabricated cell culture device for stem cell process development.”, University Collage London, Great Britain.
  • 2015 External examiner of Anna Säll, Recombinant Antibodies - Tools for building proteomic platforms Lund University, Sweden
  • 2016. Opponent of PhD thesis.Prem Kumar, Droplet microfluidics for single cell and nucleic acid analysis Royal Technical University, Stockholm. 

Other information

Management skills:

  • Coordinator of FP7 project Nadine (Since 2013).
  • Managing the Fluidic Array System Technologies (FAST) group at DTU Nanotech consisting of about 8 people (since 2005).
  • Manager for Danish research Concil project FTP 09-070568 (2010-2013)
  • Scientific board member and activity platform responsible in the EU FP7 project EXCELL
  • Co-coordinator of EU-FP7 project “Nanobio4Trans”.
  • Member of the management group of the Labchip section (2005-2007) and BIOMICS section at DTU Nanotech (2007-1012).
  • Member of executive board and research leader of ProCell (NABIIT project)
  • Managing of biological agents (plasmid, cell lines, viruses, fungi, etc) according to Swedish  legislations at Göteborg University
  • Managing laboratory safety of the molecular and cell culture laboratories at MIC-DTU
  • Responsible for the work place descriptions (“APV”) in my group at DTU Nanotech
  • Organizer of BIOMICS section team days (Mölle, Sweden May 2007 and Nyborg Strand, Denmark August 2008) and FAST group team days (Fredensborg 2005, 2006
  • Organizer of the yearly Science day for DTU Nanotech (2009)


Personal development courses

  • Leading research projects - six day course organized by DTU - 2009.
  • 2013 DTU Teaching Seminar: Teaching and learning environment (1/2 day)
  • 2012 DTU Teaching Seminar: Scholarship of Teaching & Learning” Good Teaching Practice in Engineering Education (1/2 day).

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