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About me

I am working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Unit of Epidemiology. My background is in nutrition with degrees both from Karolinska and the Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran. In March of 2016, I defended my thesis on environmental risk factors for LADA-latent autoimmune diabetes in adults at Karolinska. Since then, I have continued my work on adult onset autoimmune diabetes, focusing on gene*lifestyle interaction. Much of my work is based on Norwegian cohort HUNT study with 22-year follow-up, and the ongoing Swedish population-based case-control ESTRID study, which has a strong focus on environmental risk factors for LADA and type 2  diabetes and gene*lifestyle interaction. In my future research I want to focus on primary prevention of diabetes with a global perspective. 


2012-2016    Ph.D. Medical Science, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

                         • Specialized in Diabetes Epidemiology

2011-2012    Pre Ph.D., Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

2009-2011    M.Sc. Public Health Nutrition, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

                          • Qualitative/Quantitative Methods, Public Health Interventions

1999-2003      B.Sc. Nutrition, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

                           • Clinical & Community Nutrition, Medical Nutrition Therapy


Title of PhD Thesis: Alcohol, tobacco and the risk of LADA-latent autoimmune diabetes in adults

Teaching portfolio

I have been involved for several years in teaching epidemiological methods within the master program of Public Health at Karolinska Institutet (2013-date). 

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Young Investigators Award, Scandinavian Society for the Study of Diabetes (SSSD), 2013


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