Background and activities


I am currently a PhD student at the Department of Chemical Engineering at NTNU. My work focuses on designing responsive polymeric nanoparticles with a superparamagnetic iron core for nanomedicine and other applications. This project involves the synthesis of nanoparticles through nanoprecipitation and flash nanoprecipitation, as well as their characterization by several techniques including atomic force microscopy and electron microscopy. The studies are carried out under the supervision of Sulalit Bandyopadhyay and Magnar Bjørås.

Having a background in both biology and chemistry, I have been especially interested by interdisciplinary projects that combine both fields. During my first year of Master’s, I worked on the optimization of an antibiotic through a biosynthetic engineering approach in Challis lab at Warwick University in UK. I produced novel enacyloxin analogues via mutasynthesis before conducting purification and characterization of natural products, as well as antimicrobial activity assays.

Later, I joined the Inpact group at MADIREL, a research unit of the CNRS in France during my second year of Master’s. I worked on the NANOSARC project to study the influence of several parameters on the synthesis of gold nanoparticles in the aim of developing a gene therapy for liposarcoma.


Education and Teaching

2020 – Present   PhD in Chemical Engineering, NTNU, Norway

2018 – 2020        Master’s degree in Chemistry of Life, Aix-Marseille University, France 

2016 – 2018         Bachelor degree in Life Sciences, Aix-Marseille University, France       

Fall semester 2017    Biochemistry tutoring, Aix-Marseille University, France                



Scientific, academic and artistic work


  • Brennhaug, Svein Jonsson; Bandyopadhyay, Sulalit; Bali, Nesrine. (2021) Carboxyl-Functionalized Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for Nucleic Acid Extraction. Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet. 2021.