Professor Berit Olofsson
Academic background and career
Berit Olofsson was born in Sundsvall, Sweden, in 1972. She studied Chemical Engineering at LuTH (Luleå) and LTH (Lund), and got her MSc in 1998 after a project work at Akzo Nobel Central Research in Arnhem, The Netherlands.
She performed her PhD studies 1998-2002 at Stockholm University (SU) and later at KTH (Stockholm) under the guidance of Prof. Peter Somfai. The PhD project dealt with asymmetric, divergent synthesis of vicinal amino alcohols via vinylepoxides and vinylaziridines.
She subsequently went to Bristol University, UK for a post doc with Prof. Varinder K. Aggarwal in 2003-2004. The project started out as a total synthesis of (-)-Epibatidine, and was later widened to include methodology development on alfa-arylation of ketones. Returning to Sweden, she became assistant supervisor in the group of Prof. J.-E. Bäckvall at SU.
Berit started her independent career with a position as Assistant Professor at SU in 2006. She became "Docent" in March 2008, and got a permanent position as Associate Professor (Lektor) in 2010. She was promoted to Professor in 2013, and spent 3 months in Stellenbosch, South Africa as a STIAS Fellow 2014/2015. She became the Deputy Dean for the Chemistry Section in August 2017, and was elected as a ChemPubSoc Europe Fellow in 2018.
Selcted Awards and Grants
1) Vasaloppet - the world's oldest, longest and biggest long distance skiing competition. 90 km in March, time 8 hours & 44 min.
Total time 22 hours and 30 minutes, well below the 24 h limit to do a "Super Classic".
|Dedicated to inlines- & ice skating, proud member of Stockholm Speedskaters.
Also fond of music, travelling & spending time with our daughters Isa & Ronja and our GSD Emmy.
|Ice skating on lake Vättern, which has very clear water. Probably >5 m deep here.|
|Swedish Championships inline skating & Hang gliding in Rio de Janeiro.|