Pauliina Damdimopoulou

Pauliina Damdimopoulou

Senior Lecturer | Docent
Telephone: +46852482877
Mobile phone: +46709390093
Visiting address: Hälsovägen, Enheten för obstetrik och gynekologi C1:77, 14186 Stockholm
Postal address: H9 Klinisk vetenskap, intervention och teknik, H9 CLT Obstetrik o gynekologi Damdimopoulou, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • With over 15 years of experience in endocrinology, reproductive biology and toxicology, I lead a research group at Karolinska Institutet that investigates the effects of chemicals on female fertility. My ambition is to generate evidence-based information on the risks of chemical exposures and pharmaceutical treatments to human ovaries and oocytes, and to thereby contribute to the development of a chemically safer society.


  • I co-lead the Environmental Endocrinology Focus Area of the European Society of Endocrinology,  

  • In addition, I teach and supervise students at various levels, participate in university administration, and engage in stakeholder activities. I have received multiple grants and honors for my research, have served as a scientific expert for national and international organizations, and I frequently present my work at international conferences.




  • I'm interested in studying the impact of pharmaceuticals and environmental chemicals on fertility in women, with a special focus on the ovary.


  • The work of my research group focuses on several aims:
    -we assess environmental exposures in women and study their associations with fertility
    -we study the effects of gonadotoxic treatments, like chemotherapy, on ovaries
    -we map the molecular and cellular composition of human ovaries across life
    -we investigate how environmental and pharmaceutical exposures affect ovaries by using tissue culture models
    -we develop new in vitro tools for predicting reproductive toxicity of chemicals.


  • I'm a docent in endocrine physiology (2015, University of Turku, Finland) and toxicology (2021, Karolinska Institutet) with teaching experience in various MSc and PhD courses at different universities in Sweden and Finland. I have supervised several undergraduate students through their practical laboratory training, as well as MSc thesis projects. I have also served as the main supervisor for many PhD students, guiding them to successful graduations. I have formal training in higher education pedagogy, leadership, and the supervision of doctoral students.


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  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, Karolinska Institutet, 2022-
  • Postdoctoral researcher, R&D, Watchfrog (France), 2008-2010

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2021

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