Helga Westerlind

Helga Westerlind

Senior Research Specialist | Docent
Telephone: +46852483354
Visiting address: Maria Aspmans gata 30A, 17164 Solna
Postal address: K2 Medicin, Solna, K2 KEP Askling, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • Docent in Epidemiology

    PhD, Karolinska Institutet, 2014

    MSc in Computer Science and Engineering from Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), 2009

    PhD supervision, ongoing
    Anton Öberg Sysojev (main supervisor)
    Younes Laalou (main supervisor)
    Liselotte Tidblad (co-supervisor)
    Anna-Maria Wintler (co-supervisor)
    Linnea Sjöblom (co-supervisor)

    PostDoc supervision
    Maxime Raffray, 2024-

    Students that have defended a PhD
    Weng Ian Che, 2024, co-supervisor
    Joakim Lindqvist, 2022, co-supervisor

    Students with a licentiate degree
    Daniel Berglund, 2019, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), co-supervisor


  • My research focuses on finding risk factors for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and progression of the disease.

    This is done by data mining of different data sources such as questionnaire data, genetic data, quality registers and nation wide population registers. I use "traditional" epidemiological methods, as well as machine learning and more computationally intense methods.


  • I teach a variety of topics such as mathematical statistics, biostatistics, genetic epidemiology, epidemiology.

    Current teaching engagement include lectures in Genetic Epidemiology at the Clinical Research School and Precision Medicine at Frontiers in Translational Medicine.


All other publications


  • Senior Research Specialist, Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, 2022-

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2022
  • Degree Of Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, 2014

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