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The L’Oréal-Unesco For Women in Science in Sweden award

Mariana Dalarsson Photo Karl Nordlund

Mariana Dalarsson, one of the two recipients of this year’s L’Oréal-Unesco For Women in Science in Sweden award, is using gold nanoparticles to destroy cancer cells.

The L’Oréal-Unesco For Women in Science International Awards identifies and supports brilliant women in science throughout the world. Each year five laureates are recognized for their contributions to the advancement of science, in life sciences or physical sciences in alternating years.

In addition to the International award, the L’Oréal-Unesco For Women in Science in Sweden honors outstanding Swedish female scientists. The prize is awarded by L’Oréal Sweden, The Young Academy of Sweden, and the Swedish National Commission for Unesco. The prize aims to promote “the scientists of tomorrow” by supporting them at an important stage in their career and encouraging more women to pursue a career in research.

Mariana Dalarsson

One of the two winners of the 2021 Swedish award was Mariana Dalarsson, researcher and teacher in Electromagnetic Theory at the Division of Electromagnetic Engineering (EME) at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (EECS) at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, with the motivation that she ”using an innovative combination of electrotechnology and biophysics has studied how gold nanoparticles can be doped with nutrients so that they selectively are taken up by and destroy cancer cells”.

“I hope that I can inspire more young women and girls to pursue a career within science.”

”My field of research is strongly dominated by men. My research can improve the society in many ways and my dream is that I may one day contribute in tackling the challenges of humanity, for example cancer. I hope that I can inspire more young women and girls to pursue a career within science,” says Mariana Dalarsson.

Mariana’s research interests include electromagnetic scattering and absorption, inverse problems, electromagnetics of stratified media, double-negative metamaterials, mathematical physics, etc. She is the author of about 50 peer-reviewed publications, including 20 journal papers. Currently, she is mainly doing research within her own project grant “Waveguide theory for artificial materials and plasmonics” awarded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet). Mariana Dalarsson (MSc 2010, PhD 2016, Docent 2019) received the Honorary Grant given to the best graduate of the year of her programme, in 2011. She is also the (shared) second youngest woman ever to get a PhD degree from KTH. Last but not least, Mariana is a teacher in the courses EI2405 (Classical Electrodynamics) and EI2440 (Electrotechnical Design). In 2015, she was awarded the “Teaching Assistant of the Year” pedagogical prize from the Engineering Physics students.

Photo: Karl Nordlund