Henrik Druid's Group

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The research projects span over several fields, but are to some extent integrated

We conduct research that aims at improving the diagnostic forensic casework. Several projects imply collaboration with different departments of the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine. We are also interested in factors impacting on adult neurogenesis and in mechanisms behind opioid toxicity. 


Group members

Principal investigator

Henrik Druid, MD, Professor 
CV Henrik Druid


Shinya Kasai, Ass. Prof.


Kanar Alkass, PhD
Tara Wardi, PhD

PhD Students

Gopalakrishnan Dhanabalan
Lotta Walz
Carl Söderberg
Qian Li (main PI: Kirsty Spalding)

Project students

Alice Ljungström
Michael Moridi

Associated group members

Nobar Ashjian
Maria Jepsen
Jesus Sanchez Pertz
Magnus Lundberg
Nenad Bogdanovic

Former group members

Guest researcher

Sasikala K Nil, Professor (2004)
Ahmed Mousa (2012-2017)


Hisako Saitoh (2010-2011)
Lydia Kahn (2010-2014)
Olof Bendel, PhD (2008-2009)
Fredrik C. Kugelberg, PhD (2005-2006)

PhD students

Brita Zilg
Kanar Alkass
Joakim Strandberg
Sofi Bäcklin
Madeleine Granlind
Lars-Eric Bergman

Project and exchange students

Cassandra Cieslak (2017)
Carolina Goncalves (2017)
Emma Gustafsson (2016)
Caroline Ytterman (2016)
Meta Byström (2015)
Hampus Fabricius (2015)
George Hamnström (2014)
Sabria Belarbi (2014)
Marina Montmany (2014)
Niklas Sjökvist (2014)
Sandra Koskinen (2013)
Joelle Vos (2013)
Erik Bivehed (2013)
Joan Raouf (2011)
Ann Ståhle (2011)
Jenny Rönnlund (2011)
Sara Hassanzaddeh (2010)
Evan Reed (2010)
Annika Andersson (2009)
Stephanie Harney (2009)
Hampus Janko (2009)
Anke Böhmer (2008)
Siv Andersson (2008)
Stina Norlin (2008)
Nina Granberg (2008)
Lisen Bredberg (2006)
Midia Hussein (2006)
Brita Zilg (2006)
Aziz Bitar (2005)
Anna Gustavsson (2005)
Elias Malko (2005)
Cecilia Hult (2004)
Peggy Törn (2004)
Elias Palm (2004)
Sofia Hausel (2002)

Research Nurse

Isabella Cereceda (2003-2009)

Selected publications

Effects of Alcohol Abuse on Proliferating Cells, Stem/Progenitor Cells, and Immature Neurons in the Adult Human Hippocampus.
Le Maître T, Dhanabalan G, Bogdanovic N, Alkass K, Druid H
Neuropsychopharmacology 2018 Mar;43(4):690-699

A new model for the estimation of time of death from vitreous potassium levels corrected for age and temperature.
Zilg B, Bernard S, Alkass K, Berg S, Druid H
Forensic Sci. Int. 2015 Sep;254():158-66

Dynamics of Cell Generation and Turnover in the Human Heart.
Bergmann O, Zdunek S, Felker A, Salehpour M, Alkass K, Bernard S, et al
Cell 2015 Jun;161(7):1566-75

Neurogenesis in the striatum of the adult human brain.
Ernst A, Alkass K, Bernard S, Salehpour M, Perl S, Tisdale J, et al
Cell 2014 Feb;156(5):1072-83

Dynamics of hippocampal neurogenesis in adult humans.
Spalding K, Bergmann O, Alkass K, Bernard S, Salehpour M, Huttner H, et al
Cell 2013 Jun;153(6):1219-1227

Analysis of radiocarbon, stable isotopes and DNA in teeth to facilitate identification of unknown decedents.
Alkass K, Saitoh H, Buchholz B, Bernard S, Holmlund G, Senn D, et al
PLoS ONE 2013 ;8(7):e69597

Postmortem identification of hyperglycemia.
Zilg B, Alkass K, Berg S, Druid H
Forensic Sci. Int. 2009 Mar;185(1-3):89-95

Evidence for cardiomyocyte renewal in humans.
Bergmann O, Bhardwaj R, Bernard S, Zdunek S, Barnabé-Heider F, Walsh S, et al
Science 2009 Apr;324(5923):98-102

Forensics: age written in teeth by nuclear tests.
Spalding K, Buchholz B, Bergman L, Druid H, Frisén J
Nature 2005 Sep;437(7057):333-4

A compilation of fatal and control concentrations of drugs in postmortem femoral blood.
Druid H, Holmgren P
J. Forensic Sci. 1997 Jan;42(1):79-87