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About me

I am a researcher at the Global and Sexual Health (GloSH) Research Group and research fellow at the Division of Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical Scholl, Boston USA. 

 

I have 12 years of research experience in noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and clinical- and lifestyle-related risk factors from small- and large-scale clinical trials and obsevational studies gained from my PhD training at Karolinska Institutet and 4-year postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School.  

 

I have experience in how to conduct and analyze clinical trials of different designs, scopes, and stages of completion. Now I am implementing my methodological skills in epidemiology and clinical research to improve global health focusing on low- and middle-income countries that are facing the double burden of infectious diseases and NCDs. 

 

I have expertice in different epidemiologic methodologies to more accurately measure diet (inclduing various dietary assessment tools e.g. FFQ), lifestyle, and clinical exposures and associations with different health outcomes.  

 

My main research goal is to identify new preventable strategies to tackle the growing burden of malnutrition, infectious, and NCDs in low- and middle-income countries. 

Education

  • 2012: PhD degree (June 15, 2012) in Medical Science, Department of Environmental Medicine (IMM), Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Title of the thesis: Antioxidants from Diet and Supplements in Relation to Cardiovascular Disease. Advisors: Prof. Alicja Wolk and Prof. Ralf Morgenstern, IMM, Karolinska Institutet.
  • 2006: MSc in Nutrition, Stockholm University/Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Title of the thesis: Total Antioxidant Capacity of diet among Swedish Women. Supervisor: Prof. Alicja Wolk, IMM, Karolinska Institutet.
  • 2005: BSc in Nutrition, Stockholm University/Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Title of the thesis: Estrogen Receptor-Beta as a new pharmaceutical target treating Leukemia. Supervisor: Margaret Warner, PhD, Department of Biosciences and Nutrition, Karolinska Institutet.

Research description

Current project:

  • The open population-based Rakai Community Cohort in Uganda: Understand how nutrition and microbiome affect NCDs and infectious diseases
  • WelTel study: Prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT), HIV/AIDS care in Kenya
  • The COcoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study (COSMOS) trial http://www.cosmostrial.org  
  • Physicians' Health Study (PHS) II
  • the VITamin D and OmegA-3 TriaL (VITAL)-HT trial https://www.vitalstudy.org/index.html
  • Aterenon trial: Testing lycopene supplementation on changes in key cardiovascular biomarkers

 

Teaching portfolio

  • Course coordinator: Epidemiological methods for studying the determinants Infectious Diseases - a Challenge to Global Health: Clinical, Social and Preventive Aspects
  • Course cooridnator: NCD, Non-Communicable Diseases, Injuries, Natural Emergencies and Conflicts in a Global Health Perspective 
  • BSc courses - “Nutrition and nutritional status” and “Nutritional Epidemiology” - at the Nutrition Program, Karolinska Institutet. Topic: Vitamin D.

  • BSc courses - “Nutritional Epidemiology” - at the Nutrition Program, Karolinska Institutet. Topic: Randomized Clinical Trials.

  • MSc course - “Epidemiology” - at the Program of Toxicology, Karolinska Institutet: Topic: Different study designs. 

 

Academic honours, awards and prizes

2014: Funding from the Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet to develop a PhD course in Nutritional Epidemiology. 

2014: American Society for Nutrition’s Advances and Controversies in Clinical Nutrition. Abstract selected for Travel Award.

2013: 36-month COFAS 2 Marie Curie fellowship for postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School, Boston USA and Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm Sweden.

2013: Travel award from FORTE for AHA Epi/Lifestyle in New Orleans, LA; USA, 2013.

2011: 12-month postdoc award from FORTE to support postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School, Boston USA.

2007: Four year PhD award from the Karolinska Institutet (KID).

2006: Travel award from Anders Otto Swärds stiftelse for training in the ORAC assay at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, USA.

 

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