Maria Ankarcrona

Maria Ankarcrona

Professor | Head of department | Docent
Telephone: +46852483577
Visiting address: Bioclinicum J9:20, Akademiska stråket 1, 17164 Huddinge
Postal address: H1 Neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle, H1 Neurogeriatrik Ankarcrona, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I am Professor of Experimental Neurogeriatics and study cellular mechanisms in Alzheimer's disease. I am head of the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS). I was the director of doctoral studies at NVS between 2012-2017. During the 2015-2018, I was faculty representative on the Board of Doctoral Education (FUS) and during 2019 faculty representative on the Faculty Board. These were very interesting, stimulating and important assignments. To pursue issues that I am passionate about and to be a part of developing KI is both interesting and fun. This is something that I bring with me when I now take over as head of one of KI's largest departments with large assignments in research and education.


  • My research focuses on mitochondrial function in Alzheimer's disease with the long-term goal of identifying new drug candidates. Of particular interest is the interaction between the endoplasmic network (ER) and the mitochondria. Until recently, I was the coordinator of an EU project (JPND / VR) where a consortium of five partners aimed to identify common and distinct disease mechanisms in Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease with a focus on regulation of mitochondrial function and cellular bioenergtics. As part of project, we have identified a molecule that positively affects mitochondrial function and which we are now developing further.


  • My educational qualifications are mainly in the postgraduate education where I have been main supervisor for five doctoral students defending their theses and is currently the main supervisor for one doctoral student. I also continuously supervise master's students in their research projects. I am responsible for the neurodegeneration part of the course Frontiers in Translational Medicine within KI's Master's program in Biomedicine and for a doctoral education course on Alzheimer's disease.


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  • Professor, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, 2018-

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2004
  • Master's degree, Biology and chemistry, Stockholm University, 1991

Leadership and responsibility assignments

  • Head of department, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, 2021-

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