Maria Tenje

Maria Tenje
Uppsala University

Research interests

The EMBLA group is led by Dr. Maria Tenje and comprises researchers with backgrounds in material science, nanotechnology, chemistry and physics. EMBLA is short for Exploring Microtechnology for Biomedical and Life science Applications and our research is focused on translating microsystems and microfluidic solutions to applications within the life sciences. Especially, we focus on organs-on-chip and droplet-based microfluidics.

We are located at the Ångström Laboratory at Uppsala University where we have direct access to the state-of-the-art clean room facilities MSL that are part of the Swedish research infrastructure Myfab with 2.000 m2 advanced equipment for fabrication and characterisation of micro- and nanostructures. These facilities are the important basis of our research.

Since 2016 we also lead a pilot facility within SciLifeLab called Customized Microfluidics. Our mission is to advance Swedish life science research by providing support in design and fabrication of microfluidic systems customized for your specific research needs. Our service is free of charge to researchers at all Swedish universities. For more information and contact details, please visit

Group members

Maria Tenje – PI
Susan Peacock – Project coordinator
Gemma Mestres – Senior Researcher
Laurent Barbe – Senior Researcher and Manager Customized Microfluidics
Atena Khaji – Postdoc
Sofia Johansson – Postdoc
Anette Wolff – PhD student
Anna Fornell – PhD student
Ana María Porras – PhD student
Federico Cantoni – PhD student
Sarah-Sophia Carter – PhD student
Zhenhua Liu – PhD student
Sean S. Searle – guest PhD student
Gabriel Werr – guest MSc student


Key publications

  1. A. Fornell, M. Ohlin, F. Garofalo, J. Nilsson, M. Tenje. An intra-droplet particle switch for droplet microfluidics using bulk acoustic waves, Biomicrofluidics 11(3) 031101 (2017)
  2. S. Jocic, G. Mestres, M. Tenje. Fabrication of an user-friendly and biomimetic 1,1’-carbonyldiimidazole cross-linked gelatin/agar microfluidic device, Materials Science and Engineering C 76 (2017) 1175-1180
  3. Andersson, Q. JIa, A. Abella, X-Y. Lee, M. Landreh, P. Purhonen, H. Hebert, M. Tenje, C.V. Robinson, Q. Meng, G.R. Plaza, J. Johansson, A. Rising.Biomimetic spinning of artificial spider silk from chimeric minispidroin, Nature Chemical Biology 13 (2017) 262-264
  4. Mestres, A. Wolff, J. Hilborn, M. Tenje. Microfluidic system with integrated 3D cell culture matrix – towards more in vivo-like organ-on-chip models, European Cells and Materials 31 (supp. 1) (2016) 229
  5. A. Fornell, J. Nilsson, L. Jonsson, P. Periyannan Rajeswari, H. N. Joensson, M. Tenje. Controlled lateral positioning of microparticles inside droplets using acoustophoresis, Analytical Chemistry 87(20) (2015) 10521-105426

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