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About me

Medical and research training at KI 1973 – 1981. Docent 1983. Assoc Prof in Molecular Endocrinology 1996. Prof in Molecular Endocrinology 1999. Vice Dean of Research 1999 – 2001. Dean of Research 2001 – 2007. Chair, Steering Committee for the medical programme 2010 – 2016. Chair, International Strategy Committee 2012 – 2015. Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor (rektorsråd) 2015 – 2016.

External functions

Member of the Board, KIAB 2007 – . Director, Medical School Project, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 2008 – 2013. Director, Nanyang Institute of Technology in Health and Medicine, NTU 2012 - 2015. Member of the Governing Board, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, NTU 2012 – . Member of the Board, STINT 2013 – .


Bachelor of Medicine 1975, PhD 1979, Medical degree 1981, licensed physician 1984.

Research description

My field of research has been the mechanism of action of steroid hormones, particularly glucocorticoids. This has involved a detailed analysis of the mechanism of transcriptional regulation and a structural and functional analysis of the glucocorticoid receptor protein and the molecular mechanisms involved.

Academic honors, awards and prizes

Awarded Eric K. Fernströms prize for younger, promising and productive scientists at Karolinska Institutet, 1990 (together with Prof. Peter Moldéus).
Visiting Professor, Sun Yat-Sen University Cancer Centre, Guangzhou, China 2006 – 2009.
Honorary Doctorate of Medicine, Edinburgh University, 2009.
Elected Member of Academia Europaea, 2012.

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