About the department

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At the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology we are committed to teaching and conducting internationally acclaimed, high-quality research in physiology, pharmacology, anesthesiology and intensive care. We have around 400 employees, 30 research groups, and 90 doctoral students. 

When you choose to become a researcher or take a doctorate at the department, you will be met by a long-standing academic tradition combined with the technology and development opportunities of tomorrow. Here you will find:

  • An effective integration of clinical and pre-clinical research.
  • Several highly internationally successful research teams.
  • Efficient administrative support for researchers, teachers and students.

Our values

We value an optimistic and creative academic environment at the department. We strive for transparent decision-making processes and an open dialogue between co-workers. Passion, competence, financial awareness and respect are the keywords within our operation.

Our research fields

The following research fields are established at the department:

  • cellular signaling
  • cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • neuropsychopharmacology/neuroinflammation
  • pharmacogenetics
  • anesthesiology and intensive care
  • muscle physiology.

Our collaboration with the clinics at Karolinska University Hospital provides unique opportunities for translational research within our subjects.

More information about research at FyFa

Our research groups

The circa 30 research groups at the department work as part of an open culture with an international atmosphere. Here you will find a high proportion of visiting research fellows from around the world. We place great emphasis on the abilities of researchers to link networks and collaborate both internally at the department and externally with other institutes of higher education, in Sweden and abroad. 

Equipment and methods

The methodological arsenal at the department is extensive, from advanced molecular biological techniques to whole animal research and human experimentation. At the department, you have access to:

  • established research networks for pain research
  • imaging equipment and related expertise
  • liver tissue bioreactor
  • experimental behavioural facility
  • human research laboratory. 


Physiology and Pharmacology is one of the departments most frequently involved in teaching within Karolinska Institutet's study programmes. The teachers at the department teach future medical doctors, physiotherapists, biomedics and dentists. We are proud of our educational tradition and welcome you who view teaching as an integral part of your work as a researcher. 

More information on undergraduate education at FyFa

Administration and support

Research and teaching at the department is facilitated by our financial unit, HR unit, grants administrator, course service desk, communication officer, IT support unit, superintendent, and technical service unit. 

Administrative staff at the department 

Work or study at FyFa

Want to work as a researcher at FyFa? Contact our research group leaders or read more about research at FyFa. You can also check out our Vacant positions  

Want to study for a doctoral degree at FyFa? Read more about doctoral studies at FyFa 

Want to know about undergraduate studies at FyFa? Read more about undergraduate education at FyFa

Contact us 

Please contact us with any general questions you may have. 

The department in brief

Annual turnover: approximately SEK 189 million
state funding: 33 %
external funding bodies: 67 % 

Number of researchers, doctoral students and associates: 400 persons

Number of research groups: approximately 30

Number of professors: approximately 20