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About me

Associate Professor (Docent) in molecular epidemiology at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet.

Education

  • PhD in Computational Biology, Linköping University, 2009
  • MSc in Molecular Biology, Stockholm University, 2003
  • BSc in Computer Science, Stockholm University, 2003

Postdoc

  • Genetic epidemiology, Medical epidemiology and biostatistics (MEB), KI, 2011-2014
  • Molecular epidemiology, Department of medical sciences, Uppsala University, 2013-2014

Sabbatical

  • Stanford University School of Medicine, 2016

 

Research description

My main research interest is in the field of aging and age-related diseases, applying molecular epidemiological methods. At the moment I am conductiong longitudinal epigenetic- and telomere length analyses in elderly twins from the SATSA study, a sub-study within the Swedish Twin Registry. I am also leading a European collaboration where we look at relations between telomere length and cognitive performance as well as depressive symptoms.

Another project was initiated within the ENGAGE consortia, where I was part of leading several studies using a Mendelian Randomization (MR) approach to assess causality. Here we looked for associations between BMI and a number of different outcomes by the help of genetic variants as instruments. The MR method has been successfully used in a number of other studies where I have a leading role as well.

For a more detailed description of my current research please visit my project page Molecular epidemiology studies of aging and aging-related diseases.

Postdocs

Doctoral students

Teaching portfolio

I am course organizer of Genetic Epidemiology (1.5 ECT) which is a course for PhD-students where we cover basics in genetics and discuss large-scale genetic association studies. I am also coordinator for the Medical degree projects.

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