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About me

PhD (2017): Molecular Epidemiology, Department of Medical Sciences, Uppsala University

MD (2013): BM BCh, University of Oxford, UK

BSc-MSc in Psychology (2008): Dipl-Psych, University of Braunschweig, Germany



Research description

We use large longitudinal population cohorts and state-of-the-art biochemical platforms that measure large numbers of proteins (proteomics) or metabolites (metabolomics) in order to discover biomarkers for chronic non-communicable diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, heart attack and kidney disease. In combination with genetic data, we apply traditional epidemiologic as well as recently developed methods, including Mendelian randomization analysis and machine learning.

We aim to:

(i) improve our understanding of the (patho)physiologic mechanisms that lead to common cardiometabolic diseases;

(ii) discover new potential treatment targets for prevention and treatment;

(iii) develop better risk prediction models to identify persons most likely to benefit from enhanced screening, targeted prevention and specific treatments;

(iv) characterise different molecular subtypes of common diseases, such as chronic kidney disease, in order to enable tailored person-centered treatment.


key words: molecular epidemiology, proteomics, metabolomics, genomics, complex traits and diseases, Mendelian Randomization, risk prediction, machine learning, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease ...

Teaching portfolio

Main supervisor, examensarbete (~ Master project), VT 2019:

- Jennifer Vidovic

- Emmi Salinas

Main supervisor, examensarbete (~ Master project), HT 2018:

- Karin Sundqvist

- Simon Marschall


Academic honours, awards and prizes

Research grants (active):

  • European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes (EFSD): Young Investigator Award Programme. PI (50 000 Euro / ~500 000 kr)
  • Foundation for Geriatric Diseases at Karolinska Institutet (Stiftelsen för ålderssjukdomar vid Karolinska Institutet). PI (85 000 kr / ~8500 Euro)
  • Karolinska Institutet: Engagement Grant - funding engagement activities that promote the societal impact of your research. PI (200 000 kr / ~20 000 Euro)
  • Department of Medical Sciences, Uppsala University: PhD thesis research prize. PI (100 000 kr / ~10 000 Euro)

Prizes/Stipends/Scholarships/Travel awards: see ORCID profile.



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