Magnus Berg Sletfjerding

Intern Machine Learning Engineer - Ph.D. Student in Biophysics


Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research



At the moment, I am fulfilling a 6-month full-time Internship as a Machine Learning Engineer at Corti.

Normally, I am a Ph.D. Student in Biophysics at the Hatzakis Lab, which is a part of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research at the University of Copenhagen.

My research focuses on using statistical methods to couple the conformational dynamics of enzymes to their stochastic behavior under TIRF microscopy.

I also like herbal teas and endurance training.


  • Probabilistic Models
  • Image Analysis and Segmentation
  • International Relations and Governance
  • Rock Climbing and Sailing


  • 3+5 M.Sc./Ph.D. in Nanoscience / Biophysics, 2023

    University of Copenhagen

  • BSc in Nanoscience, 2018

    University of Copenhagen



I use Python on a daily basis to analyze microscopy images, time series, and build predictive models and software for our research group


I have volunteered as a trainer and facilitator, and have taught courses in Nanobiology and Spectroscopy for B.Sc. students at UCPH.


My research is based on the use of statistical techniques and models to understand protein structure and function

Work Experience


Intern Machine Learning Engineer


Aug 2020 – Present Copenhagen, Denmark
Corti builds intelligent machines for augmented medicine. Our AI supports medical personnel on making decisions in real time during medical emergencies, combining bleeding-edge machine learning research and real-world data from emergency calls. I worked on the following types of projects:

  • Building and testing REST-APIs for interacting with SQL and NoSQL databases in Azure Functions.
  • Constructing and deploying Data Pipelines with Azure Data Factory
  • QA and testing of Elastic-Search database instances in AWS
  • Automating cloud deployments of Dockerized microservices
  • Develop and deploy machine-learning models for real-time NLP tasks using TensorFlow.
  • Improved data upload pipeline to pSQL databases by 98% from ~3 days to 15 minutes.

Student Assistant

MAN Energy Solutions

Sep 2019 – Aug 2020 Copenhagen, Denmark

  • U-NET segmentation of microscopy images to quantify wear of piston ring coatings.
  • Characterizing graphite defects in cast iron by morphology analysis.

3+5 Ph.D. Student

The Hatzakis Lab, University of Copenhagen

Feb 2019 – Present Copenhagen, Denmark
I use a variety of statistical models (ConvNets, LSTMs, Hidden Markov Models) on diverse biological datasets to streamline current data processing pipelines and determine hidden trends in single-molecule enzymology.

  • Automating data analysis of smFRET traces in DeepFRET.
  • Simulation of CYPOR conformational dynamics.
  • Analyses of multiplexed liposome assays.

Seasonal Staff / Dreng

Vangshaugen Tourist Cabin

Jul 2018 – Aug 2018 Grødalen, Norway
Maintaining and running a Tourist Cabin for the Norwegian Tourist Association. Responsibilities:

  • Tenant relations
  • Serving at all meals (>40 people)
  • General maintenance of the property

Summer Intern in Procurement, 2 seasons

BioMar A/S

Jul 2016 – Aug 2017 Trondheim, Norway

  • Updating SharePoint, Excel, and M3 databases with biochemical analysis results for shipments
  • Maintaining Excel spreadsheets and assisting in preparing Q3 reports
  • Taking minutes at multilingual phone meetings in the Back Office department

Volunteer Causes

I’ve been involved in a series of volunteer causes. Here are some of them.

Student Contact and Head of Copenhagen

I got involved in Tekna in the spring of 2018. As a Student Contact, I had the opportunity to organize events and gatherings for Norwegian students within scientific and technical subjects. Later, as the Head of the Copenhagen Branch, I have had the pleasure to oversee a series of different events for our volunteers.


When I moved to Denmark, my friend Endre and I founded The European Youth Parliament Denmark, to provide a platform for Danish youth to express themselves, and debate global affairs. I had the great pleasure to serve as President of the Board, and be part of the quintessential starting phase for the organization.

Editor, Chairperson, Media Team Member, Organizer

During my time at Trondheim Cathedral School, I participated in a debate organized by the European Youth Parliament Norway. Since, I participated in many different events, both as a participant and as a volunteer, and met a whole bunch of great people across Europe.

Recent Publications

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Across kingdom biased CYP-mediated metabolism via small-molecule ligands docking on P450 oxidoreductase

Combining single molecule FRET and single turnover studies with cell studies and docking simulations we advance our understanding on the intricate role of conformational dynamics on activity and specificity, and eventually how pathogenic mutations and small molecule ligand interactions control metabolic disorder and biosynthetic pathways.


DeepFRET, a new deep learning-based platform for standardized, automated, and unbiased single-molecule FRET data analysis, seeks to lower the threshold for smFRET expertise, allowing for a greater number of scientists to take advantage of this powerful technique.


The Role of Conformational Dynamics in Protein Function

Enzymes regulate a plethora of vital cellular processes, and aberration in their function can result in countless disease states. …


I like learning new things.

JavaScript Algorithms and Data Structures

Developed a working understanding of JavaScript and how to program simple algorithms for use in frontends.
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Instructor 2 – Bouldering, Toprope & Lead Climbing

The Instructor 2 course qualifies for teaching and certifying new climbers in Toprope belaying, Sport Climbing, and belaying Sport Climbing in Denmark. The course is a 15 hour hands-on course with 30 hrs of preparation time, also covering basic safety in structuring bouldering and general training for beginner climbers.
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Introduction to University Pedagogy

Practiced development and execution of learning goal-based course design and teaching, in a week-long workshop for employees at the Faculty of Science. Covered student activation techniques, and problem-based learning engagement.
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Ernst & Young Talent Training for Management Consulting

Covered introduction to EY’s style of problem solving and presentation techniques. Six session with topics and instructors from across different service lines of EY’s Advisory branch. My main focus was new digital technologies and their business applications.


Traffic Simulation

I made this traffic simulation as part of Namiko Mitarai’s Course in Diffusive and Stochastic Processes in 2020

Neural Network in NumPy

To better understand the mechanics of a neural network, I made my own implementation to test code and small examples of neural networks.

Twitter Reply Scraper

I created this scraping tool with BeautifulSoup and Selenium to scrape replies to Tweets for subsequent sentiment analysis.

Probability Slider

I made this tool to visualize different probability distributions. It’s not very extensive but it’s proved very useful when discussing probability distribution while teaching basic statistics.

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