About the Department

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The vision of MBB is to conduct world class research and to be a department that continues to be internationally renowned for its scientific discoveries. In addition, MBB shall pursue undergraduate and doctoral education of the highest standard.


The Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics (MBB) was founded in 1992 as a merger between the former departments of Physiological Chemistry, Biochemistry and Medical Biophysics. The department has a long heritage of internationally renowned research.

Prominent researchers within MBB's area of research are Jöns Jacob Berzelius, who among other things discovered the element Selenium, and the Nobel Prize laureates Hugo Theorell (for his discoveries concerning the nature and mode of action of oxidation enzymes), Sune Bergström and Bengt Samuelsson (for their discoveries concerning prostaglandins and related biologically active substances).


The Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics currently has twelve research divisions, whose research focus on basic science and mechanisms that cause disease.

More about MBB’s research

MBB also has two divisions that are composed of core facilities and additional core facilities which are affiliated to the research divisions (see the organizational scheme, core facilities are marked in red).

MBB provides undergraduate and doctoral education.

Information about our education

Information about the activities of the MBB work environment group, including “Quick guide for group leaders at MBB” and a collection of risk assessments, is available at the MBB Intranet.

The equal treatment group at MBB promotes the benefits of an equal work environment.

More information about the equal treatment group and its members

The coordination group (samverkansgrupp) consists of representatives from the staff associations and representatives from the employer (head of department, head of administration, and HR).

The advisory committee (beredningsgrupp) handles day-to-day administrative matters at the department. The committee has the following composition:

The MBB administration is described in more detail below.

Diagram of the Organisational Structure of MBB. Click image for (larger) PDF version.


Jill Blomstrand - Head of administration


Natalia Demin - Deputy head of administration, Head of Finance

Anna Bengtsson Jemt - Financial assistant

Johanna Sandelius - Finance administrator

Kristian Tunstad - Financial assistant

Human Resources

Emma Pelarhagen - HR coordinator. Gives support to the research divisions of Biochemistry, Biomaterials, Chemistry II, Genome biology, LCBKI, Molecular metabolism and Translational medicine and chemical biology.

Lina Rowland - HR coordinator. Gives support to the research divisions of Animal facility, Chemistry I, Functional genomics, Medical inflammation research, Molecular neurobiology, Molecular structural biology, PSF and Vascular biology.

Anneli Svarén - Administrator. Responsible for KI Scholarships (undergraduate, postdoctor and top up of external PhD scholarships), expense claims, travel profiles, secondary occupations, registry and archiving, KIMKAT Administration (e-mail and passwords for associated/non employed staff) and sick leave.

Detailed list about what the HR function can help you with


Chad Tunell - IT supervisor. Responsible for purchasing of IT equipment, administration of common servers, registration of new computers on network, software installations, network, software licences and telephony.


Torbjörn Haglöf - Superintendent. Responsible for reception and internal services, entry card registration and keys, building manager for Scheele and Retzius, interior furnishing, safety inspections, procurement issues and freezer alarm manager.

Svante Backlund - Custodian

Lottie Jansson Sjöstrand - Research engineer. Works with preparation and organisation for the upcoming move to Biomedicum.

Dana Omar Goran - Technical assistant

Shagufta Anwar - Technical assistant


Head of Department

Professor/senior physician

Nils-Göran Larsson

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 830 36
Organizational unit: Nils-Göran Larsson's Group
E-mail: Nils-Goran.Larsson@ki.se

Head of Administration

Head of administration

Jill Blomstrand

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 876 87
Organizational unit: Administration and service
E-mail: Jill.Blomstrand@ki.se

Deputy Head of Administration

Deputy head of administration

Natalia Demin

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 879 91
Organizational unit: Administration and service
E-mail: Natalia.Demin@ki.se

Phone number

+46-8-524 800 00 (switchboard)

Postal address

Karolinska Institutet

SE-171 77 Stockholm

Visiting address


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