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Henrik Druid's Group

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

KI Donatum

Kanar Alkass, PhD

PhD Students

Qian Li (main PI: Kirsty Spalding)

Project students

Evelyn Maitz (2019)
Dominika Begolli (2019)
Johan Pieniowski (2019)
Sibon Kabir (2019)

Associated group members

Lydia Bennedich Kahn, PhD
Brita Zilg, PhD
Kanar Alkass, PhD
Maria Jepsen
Magnus Lundberg, MD  PhD
Nenad Bogdanovic, MD  PhD


Former group members

Guest researchers

Sasikala K Nil, Professor (2004)
Ahmed Mousa (2012-2017)
Shinya Kasai, Ass. Prof (2017-2019)


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

PhD students

Gopalakrishnan Dhanabalan
Lotta Walz
Carl Söderberg
Brita Zilg
Kanar Alkass
Joakim Strandberg
Sofi Bäcklin
Evan Reed
Madeleine Granlind
Lars-Eric Bergman

Project and exchange students

Hanna Hedlund (2019)
Frida Soneborg (2019)
Alice Ljungström (2018)
Michael Moridi (2018)
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)
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 TW, Dhanabalan G, Bogdanovic N, Alkass K, Druid H
Neuropsychopharmacology 2018 03;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 KL, Bergmann O, Alkass K, Bernard S, Salehpour M, Huttner HB, 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 BA, Bernard S, Holmlund G, Senn DR, 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 RD, 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 KL, Buchholz BA, Bergman LE, 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