Research Division of Molecular Metabolism

The research at the Research Divison of Molecular Metabolism focuses on mitochondrial genetics and the impact of mitochondrial dysfunction on disease and ageing. 

Mitochondria are often referred to as the "power plants of the cell. They convert the energy found in food to ATP, the energy source of the cell. This process is essential to life and inherited errors in the mitochondria's ability to produce energy leads to serious and sometimes lethal diseases. Dysfunctional mitochondria have been implicated in a variety of hereditary diseases, normal ageing and age-related diseases. Many public health problems including diabetes, heart failure and Parkinsons disease involve dysfunctional mitochondria. Better understanding of how mitochondrial function is regulated can therefore be of great clinical value.

Our research focuses on the regulation of transcription and translation of mitochondrial DNA, how mitochondrial function is regulated, and what happens when the function of the mitochondria is disrupted.


  • The division has a close collaboration with the Centre for Inherited Metabolic Diseases at Karolinska University Hospital.
  • The Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing Karolinska Institutet Laboratory (MPI-KI) is integrated into our laboratory.

Research groups

Nils-Göran Larsson
Anna Wredenberg
Joanna Rorbach



Research coordinator

Camilla Koolmeister

Organizational unit: Nils-Göran Larsson's Group

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Division of Molecular Metabolism
Retzius Väg 8
171 65 Solna


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