Debora Rizzuto

Debora Rizzuto

Principal Researcher | Docent
Telephone: +46852485823
Visiting address: Tomtebodavägen 18 A, 17177 Solna
Postal address: H1 Neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle, H1 ARC Medicin Rizzuto, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I am an epidemiologist with statistical background and more than ten years’
    experience in aging research. Currently, I am Docent in Geriatric
    Epidemiology with a position as Principle Researcher at the Department of
    Neurobiology, Care Sciences, and Society (NVS), Karolinska Institutet (KI).

    I am the Vice-Director for the National E-Infrastructure for
    Aging Research (NEAR), which coordinates existing databases from the major
    population-based longitudinal studies on aging and health in Sweden. Our
    mission is to promote and facilitate aging research in Sweden, to increase
    national as well as international exchange and collaboration, and to enhance
    research quality and generalizability of research findings. For more
    information, please see:


  • My research activity focuses on investigating the most relevant factors that
    lead to longer and healthier life. Using a life-course perspective she is
    exploring the role of health status, lifestyle factors, social environment,
    and genetic background on late-life health and survival. I am involved in
    several projects, both in close collaboration with doctoral students and
    senior scientists, as well as with colleagues from other universities (i.e.
    University of Brescia, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, University
    of Kuopio).

    Group members
    Laura Fratiglioni, Senior Professor
    Giulia Grande, Postdoc
    Therese Rydberg Sterner, Postdoc
    Martina Valletta, PhD student
    Lena Ragert Blomgren, IT coordinator
    Linnea Sjöberg, Communications officer
    Maria Wahlberg, Statistician
    Bolin Wu, Statistician
    Basile Rommes, System Developer

    Associated group members
    Alberto Zucchelli, Researcher
    Alessandra Marengoni, MD, PhD
    Andrei Pyko, PhD
    Babak Hooshmand, MD, PhD
    Britt-Marie Sjölund, PhD
    Francesca Gasparini, MD
    Marco Canevelli, MD, Professor
    Scott Hofer, Professor
    Tom Bellander, Professor
    Åsa Hedberg Rundgren, PhD


  • Over the last years I have taught both at national and international level.
    Internationally, one of my long-standing activity is the organization of and
    teaching at the Summer School on Modern Methods in Biostatistics and
    Epidemiology in Treviso, Italy, which is a collaborative initiative between
    KI and Harvard University. In Sweden, I have acted either as main instructor
    or as assistant in courses on epidemiology of aging, biostatistics, and
    statistical software for undergraduate, master, and doctoral students for
    over 200 hours.

    Course Director of a 10 week free-standing course at KI:

    Since 2013 I have successfully supervised (main supervisor) four master
    students, five guest researchers, and three postdoc fellow, and two PhD student. Currently I am the
    main supervisor of two postdoc fellow and co-supervisor of three PhD student.


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  • Principal Researcher, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, 2022-

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2020
  • Degree Of Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, 2013

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