I am a biostatistician with research interests in cancer epidemiology and reproductive epidemiology. I work as an applied biostatistician and researcher in epidemiology. I started at Karolinska Institutet in 1999, and have worked on numerous epidemiological projects since, with a strong focus on reproductive epidemiology and cancer epidemiology.
- 2016, PhD (Medical Sciences), Karolinska Institutet
- 1999, MSc (Mathematical statistics), Stockholm University.
Research on cancer and pregnancy
My main research interest is pregnancies, and the health of mothers and children. My phd project concerns breast cancer occurring during or shortly after a pregnancy, so-called pregnancy-associated breast cancer. Research questions include: does the risk for breast cancer increase around pregnancy and which factors influence the risk (length of pregnancy, number of previous children, family history of cancer, etc.); is the prognosis worse for women who are diagnosed around pregnancy and why. I will also study more generally how reproductive history, such as parity and timing of births, influence the breast cancer risk in women.
In a larger project, we study how pregnancy and reproductive factors affect different types of cancers.
Research on pregnancies and reproductive health
Since I started at Karolinska Institutet, I have been involved in numerous projects concerning reproductive health. For example, smoking during pregnancy, weight gain before and during pregnancy, and risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as infant death, stillbirth, preterm birth and low birth weight.
Research on methods for register-based epidemiology
In my work I utilise the large population-based health registers available for research in Sweden. These unique data sources can be used to answer many questions in way that is impossible in many other countries. In some of my work, we develop new methodology and study designs to be able to answer our questions.
As an applied biostatistician, I work within several research projects at MEB. For example: sleeping disturbance and risk for dementia, IVF treatment and mammographic breast density, HPV and cervical cancer, longterm effects of breast cancer treatment. In these projects I contribute statistical expertise to a multi-disciplinary project group.
I have been involved in teaching and course organizing of:
- Survival analysis (biostat III)
- Competing risks and multistate models
- Epidemiological designs in a statistical framework
- Workshops on epidemiological designs and cancer survival analysis