My research career is characterized by my curiosity in various scientific fields (e.g., biology, biochemistry, history of science, social sciences, and technology).
At the beginning, my research work was focused on cell biology and biochemistry with an outreach in other related fields. Later, I switched from laboratory work to project management. Meanwhile, I became interested in a global perspective and context of the research findings in the society.
At the university of Oslo, I work on the project which focuses on the history of antibiotics development in the pharmaceutical company Bayer. The aim is to provide a deeper understanding of the complex decision-making process which led the company to retrieve and drop most of its activities in the field.
Belma did her undergraduate studies in Biochemistry at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. She completed her PhD in the field of Animal Physiology with a focus on cancer cell biology at the same university. She performed her research work at the Institute of Biophysics of the Czech Academy of Sciences. During that time, she also successfully completed her fellowship at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Later, Belma spent three years at Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience in Trondheim, Norway. Her research work was focused on Alzheimer’s disease. During her stay in Trondheim, she also briefly joined the Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging at Norwegian University of Science and Technology. After many years of academic research, Belma chose to move to research management. She coordinated several research projects related to stroke at the International Clinical Research Center St. Anne's University Hospital in the Czech Republic. Recently in Oslo, she participated in research projects at the Institute of Transport Economics/Norwegian Center for Transport Research, studying automated shuttles in urban areas and their perception by other road users.
2013 2 Scholarships awarded by Masaryk university, Brno, The Czech Republic.
2012 Scholarship awarded by European Cell Death Organization
2011 The Best Poster Presentation awarded by The Czech Society of Analytical
2011 Scholarship awarded by European Cell Death Organization
2011 Scholarship awarded by International Conference on the Bioscience of Lipids
Kobro-Flatmoen, Asgeir; Battistin, Claudia; Nair Raveendran, Rajeevkumar; Bjorkli, Christiana; Skender, Belma & Kentros, Clifford [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2022). Lowering levels of reelin in entorhinal cortex layer II-neurons results in lowered levels of intracellular amyloid-β. bioRxiv. ISSN 2692-8205. doi: 10.1101/2022.01.28.478143.
Pokorny, Petr; Skender, Belma; Bjørnskau, Torkel & Hagenzieker, Marjan Paula (2021). Video observation of encounters between the automated shuttles and other traffic participants along an approach to right-hand priority T-intersection. European Transport Research Review. ISSN 1867-0717. 13, p. 1–13. doi: 10.1186/s12544-021-00518-x. Show summary
Pokorny, Petr; Skender, Belma; Bjørnskau, Torkel & Johnsson, Espen (2021). Performance of automated shuttles at signalised intersections. Transportøkonomisk institutt.
Bjørnskau, Torkel; Johansson, Ole Jørgen; Pokorny, Petr & Skender, Belma (2020). Publikums reaksjoner på selvgående driftsmaskin i Kongsberg. Transportøkonomisk institutt. ISSN 9788248023197. Show summary