Young Investigator Grants

SRP Diabetes includes a young investigator program (YIP) to foster the next generation of scientists. The successful candidates are provided with four-year internationally competitive funding to pursue independent research and to build an internationally competitive research group. Recipients will be evaluated according to the University career system for further promotion.

Through two open calls, SRP Diabetes has recruited the following four young investigators (Assistant Professors):

Tomas Alanentalo was awarded a young investigator grant with his research plan ”Non-invasive in vivo imaging of functional pancreatic beta-cell mass regulation” and is affiliated with the group of Per-Olof Berggren at Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery. Dr Alanentalo graduated at Umeå University where he also received his PhD in Cell and Molecular biology. He then went for a position as a postdoctoral fellow in Helena Edlunds research group at Umeå Centre for Molecular Medicine. Dr Alanentalo has during his PhD aquired expertise in 3D imaging, such as optical projection tomography, which he use in his new project.


Hui Gao, was awarded a young investigator grant with his research plan ”Analysis of gene regulatory network that controls white adipose tissue morphology – markers, and targets of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes” and is affiliated with the group of of Karin Dahlman-Wright at Department of Bioscience and Nutrition.  Dr Gao graduated at The Fourth Military Medical University, Xi’An  in China and received his PhD in Molecular Endocrinology at KI. Funded by the Swedish Research Council he was a postdoctoral fellow at Affymetrix Inc, USA. A decade ago Dr Gao helped establishing the Affymetrix Core Facility at Karolinska Institutet and he has extensive expertise in high throughput genomics.

Senior researcher

Hui Gao

Organizational unit: Dahlman-Wright

Qunfeng Jiang, was awarded a young investigator grant with his research plan  ”Control of Intramuscular Fuel Homeostasis by TBC1D1 and SIRT1” and is affiliated to the group of Juleen Zierath at Integrative Physiology, Dept of Molecular Medicine and Surgery. Dr Jiang graduated from Nanjing University, China and received his PhD at Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, China. He then has worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Juleen Zierath at Integrative Physiology. Dr Jiang has expertise in signal transduction both in cancer and diabetes from his PhD and postdoctoral studies.


Jorge Ruas, was awarded a young investigator grant with his research plan ”Transcriptional regulation of skeletal muscle adaptation to exercise” and has formed his own research group at Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. Dr. Ruas graduated in Pharmacology at University of Lisbon and obtained his PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology at KI. He received the competitive Wenner-Gren Fellow grant enabling him to be a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Bruce Spiegelman at Harvard. Dr Ruas also obtained an Assistant Professorship funded by the Swedish Research Council. During his PhD and postdoctoral studies he has aquired expertise mainly in two fields; the biology of transcription factor hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) and transcriptional coactivator PGC-1α.

Associate professor

Jorge Ruas

Phone: 08-524 872 61
Organizational unit: Ruas Jorge group - Molecular and Cellular Exercise Physiology