About the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics

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The vision of MBB is to conduct world class research and to be a department that continues to be internationally renowned for its scientific discoveries. In addition, MBB shall pursue undergraduate and doctoral education of the highest standard.



The Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics currently has twelve research divisions, whose research focus on basic science and mechanisms that cause disease.

More about MBB’s research

MBB also has two divisions that are composed of core facilities and additional core facilities which are affiliated to the research divisions (see the organizational scheme, core facilities are marked in red).


MBB provides undergraduate and doctoral education.

Information about our education

Working groups

Information about the activities of the MBB work environment group, including “Quick guide for group leaders at MBB” and a collection of risk assessments, is available at the MBB Intranet.

The equal treatment group at MBB promotes the benefits of an equal work environment.

More information about the equal treatment group and its members

The coordination group (samverkansgrupp) consists of representatives from the staff associations and representatives from the employer (head of department, head of administration, and HR).

The advisory committee (beredningsgrupp) handles day-to-day administrative matters at the department. The committee has the following composition:

The MBB administration is described in more detail below.


Carina Hammarström - Head of administration


Natalia Demin - Head of Finance

Anna Bengtsson Jemt - Financial assistant

Kristian Tunstad - Financial assistant

Sofia Sjöström - Financial assistant

Human Resources

Lina Rowland - HR coordinator.

Anneli Svarén - Administrator. Responsible for KI Scholarships (undergraduate, postdoctor and top up of external PhD scholarships), expense claims, travel profiles, secondary occupations, registry and archiving, KIMKAT Administration (e-mail and passwords for associated/non employed staff) and sick leave.


Chad Tunell - IT supervisor. Responsible for purchasing of IT equipment, administration of common servers, registration of new computers on network, software installations, network, software licences and telephony.


Tabea Kemna - Communications officer. Available at the Central Administration on Tuesdays. Responsible for the MBB website and other communications, e.g. help with advertising conferences.


Svante Backlund - Custodian

Lottie Jansson Sjöstrand - Research engineer.

Dana Omar Goran - Technical assistant

Shagufta Anwar - Technical assistant

Ahmad Moshref - Organisation for the upcoming move to Biomedicum

Archive and information management

Anneli Svarén

Alessandra Nanni - Information management of Material transfer agreements, Mutual transfer agreement, Mutual Confidential Agreement.

Pharmaceutical manager

Alessandra Nanni - Contact person for ordering pharmaceutical products and drugs for laboratory use.


Head of Department

Professor/senior physician

Nils-Göran Larsson

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 830 36
Organizational unit: Molecular metabolism
E-mail: Nils-Goran.Larsson@ki.se

Head of Administration

Head of administration

Carina Hammarström

Organizational unit: Administration and service
E-mail: Carina.Hammarstrom@ki.se

Phone number

+46-8-524 800 00 (switchboard)

Postal address

Karolinska Institutet

SE-171 77 Stockholm

Visiting address


Scheeles väg 2


The Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics (MBB) was founded in 1992 as a merger between the former departments of Physiological Chemistry, Biochemistry and Medical Biophysics. The department has a long heritage of internationally renowned research.

Prominent researchers within MBB's area of research are Jöns Jacob Berzelius, who among other things discovered the element Selenium, and the Nobel Prize laureates Hugo Theorell (for his discoveries concerning the nature and mode of action of oxidation enzymes), Sune Bergström and Bengt Samuelsson (for their discoveries concerning prostaglandins and related biologically active substances).