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About me

My research interest is mainly on etiological factors in female cancers. In the project "Women's Lifestyle and Health" we try to identify potentially modifiable risk factors for cancers of the breast, ovarian, endometrium, colorectum and skin, as well as for cardiovascular diseases (myocardial infarction, stroke) and overall mortality. I am also interested in factors affecting cancer survival. I coordinate the Ugandan collaboration on infections diseases and cancer, where we are studying the role of infectious agents such as HIV, human papilloma viruses (HPV), and EBV in the etiology of cancer of the cervix uteri, conjunctiva, and Burkitts Lymphoma, hormones and cancer, cancer research in developing countries.

Education

  • MD, Federal University Pelotas, Brazil, 1992 (medicine)
  • MSc, Federal University Pelotas, Brazil, 1994 (epidemiology)
  • Post doc, IARC, Lyon, 1994-1995
  • PhD, Karolinska Institutet, 1999 (cancer epidemiology)
  • Post doc, Karolinska Institutet, 1999-2000 (cancer epidemiology)

Research description

Research projects

Ongoing supervision

PhD Thesis main supervisor

  • Trude Andreassen, University of Oslo and Cancer Registry of Norway, Oslo, Norway; started 2015

PhD Thesis – co-supervisor

  • Marisa da Silva, The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway; starts 2015-November
  • Yingjun Li, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou Province, Peoples Republic of China; visiting PhD student at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; started 2014
  • Anderson Garcez, University of the Sinos Valey, RS, Brazil; visiting PhD student at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; started 2014
  • Rejane Figueiredo, Faculty of Public Health, University of São Paulo, Brazil; visiting PhD student at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; started 2014
  • Reza Ghiasvand, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway; started 2013

Post-doctoral fellows - main supervisor

  • Idlir Licaj, The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway; started 2014
  • Kristin Benjaminsen Borch, The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway; started 2013

Mentorship

  • Sabina Simola, Folkhälsan, Helsinki, Finland

Completed supervision

PhD Thesis main supervisor

  • Kristin Benjaminsen Borch, University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway; Defended, 2010-2013
  • Michael Odida, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden and Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda; Defended, 2005-2010
  • Jackson Orem, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden and Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda; Defended, 2005-2014
  • Twaha Mutyaba, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden and Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda; Defended, 2005-2009
  • Charles Ateenyi Agaba, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden and Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda; Defended, 2005-2009
  • Cecily Banura, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden and Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda; Defended, 2005-2009
  • Sara Wedrén, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; Defended, 1998-2004

PhD Thesis – co-supervisor

  • Eivind Bjerkaas, The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway; Defended 2010-2014
  • Ranjan Parajuli, The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway; Defended, 2010-2014
  • Fatima Azerkan, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; Defended, 2009-2013
  • Alexandra Ekman, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; Defended, 2003-2006 

Post-doctoral fellows - main supervisor

  • Nina Roswall, Danish Cancer Society, Copenhagen, Danmark and Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-2015
  • Hana Taha, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Stockholm, Sweden, 2013-2014
  • Jin Kyoung Oh, visiting postdoc fellow at Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Stockholm, Sweden, 2013-2014
  • Ulf Eriksson, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Stockholm, Sweden, 2013
  • Elisabeth Couto, Cancer Registry of Norway, Oslo, Norway, 2011-2012
  • Agnes Fournier, Université Paris XI, Paris, France, 2009
  • Maria Hedelin, Samfundet Folkhälsan, Helsinki, Finland and Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, 2006-2012
  • Ling Yang, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, 2006-2009
  • Marie Löf, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, 2004-2010

Post-doctoral fellows - co-supervisor

  • Ming Lu, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, 2004-2008
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