Lena Bilet was born in Moss, Norway, in 1982. She began her studies in Molecular Biology at the University of Oslo, Norway, in 2002. After obtaining her Bachelor in Science in 2005, her interest was more on nutrition and health and she continued specializing in Nutrition at the department of Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway. During her Bachelor studies in nutrition she had a 5 months internship at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and during her Master studies in nutrition a 10 months research internship at the department of Human Biology, Maastricht University, the Netherlands, where she wrote her thesis entitled ‘Effects of acute elevation of circulating fatty acids on cardiac lipid accumulation and cardiac function’ under supervision of Patrick Schrauwen and Vera Schrauwen-Hinderling. In August 2009 she obtained her Master degree in Nutrition.
Since September 2009 Lena is working as a PhD student at the department of Human Biology, Maastricht University, the Netherlands, under supervision of Prof. Schrauwen. Her research project is entitled “Mitochondrial lipotoxicity and type 2 diabetes mellitus”. Her study encompasses human studies on negative effects of lipid accumulation in relation to mitochondrial dysfunction and type 2 diabetes mellitus.