Berit L. Strand is a professor in biopolymers and biomaterials at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), in Trondheim, Norway. She has a background in chemical engineering and biotechnology (MSc) and PhD in biotechnology from NTNU. Her work is focused towards structure-function relationships of biopolymer materials and enzymatic and chemical modifications of biopolymers for biomedical applications, in particular alginates in cell therapy and tissue engineering.
Dr Strand is awarded member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Science and Letters (DKNVS) and is in the board of Scandinavian Society of Biomaterials. She has been a visiting research fellow at University of Alberta, Canada (post doc, 2003 - 2004), at University of Illinois at Chicago (2006), and a Fulbright Scholar at “Biofrontiers institute”, University of Colorado, Boulder (2021-2022).