Elias Arnér

Elias Arnér

Professor | Docent
Telephone: +46852486983
Visiting address: Solnavägen 9, 9A, 17177 Stockholm
Postal address: C2 Medicinsk biokemi och biofysik, C2 Biokemi Arnér, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • Professor in biochemistry


    MD PhD degrees from Karolinska Institutet, through the MD PhD program (LäFo), as one of the 10 students first admitted when the program was launched in 1986.

    Post doc, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany, 1998-1999.

    Docent in medical biochemistry, 2000.

    Dean of postgraduate education at Karolinska Institutet, 2005-2007.

    Head of the biochemistry division at MBB since 2008.

    Professor in biochemistry with special focus on selenium research in 2009.

    Executive Editor, BBA General Subjects, 2008-2016.

    Editor, JBC, 2011-2016.

    Faculty representative at the University Board (Konsistoriet) of Karolinska Institutet 2011-2018.

    Departmental director of doctoral studies, 2016-present

    Member, Nobel Assembly, 2022 - present

    Director, Cancer Research KI (CRKI), 2024 - present


  • We are studying the role and function of selenoproteins. A main focus is on the mammalian thioredoxin system, predominantly the expression, regulation and function of the selenoprotein thioredoxin reductase 1 (TrxR1) and its splice variants, especially in relation to cellular signaling events and in cancer.

    Another focus of research is the development of production systems for selenoproteins and their potential use in diverse biotechnological applications.

    For more information on our research, see the webpages of our laboratory.


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  • Professor, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Karolinska Institutet, 2009-

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2000
  • University Medical Degree, Karolinska Institutet, 1997

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