Berit Olofsson was born in Sundsvall, Sweden, in 1972. She studied Chemical Engineering at LuTH (Luleå) and LTH (Lund), and got her MSc in 1998 after a project work at Akzo Nobel Central Research in Arnhem, The Netherlands.
She performed her PhD studies 1998-2002 at Stockholm University (SU) and later at KTH (Stockholm) under the guidance of Prof. Peter Somfai. The PhD project dealt with asymmetric, divergent synthesis of vicinal amino alcohols via vinylepoxides and vinylaziridines.
She subsequently went to Bristol University, UK for a post doc with Prof. Varinder K. Aggarwal in 2003-2004. The project started out as a total synthesis of (-)-Epibatidine, and was later widened to include methodology studies on alfa-arylation of ketones. Returning to Sweden, she became assistant supervisor in the group of Prof. J.-E. Bäckvall at SU.
Berit started her independent career in 2006, when she got a position as Assistant Professor at SU. She became "Docent" in March 2008, and got a permanent position as Associate Professor (Lektor) in 2009. She was promoted to Professor in 2013, and was a STIAS Fellow November 2014 - February 2015, working in Stellenbosch, South Africa.