Rodrigo Fernandez Gonzalo

Rodrigo Fernandez Gonzalo

Principal Researcher | Docent
Visiting address: Nobels väg 7, 17165 Solna
Postal address: H5 Laboratoriemedicin, H5 Klinisk Fysiologi Gustafsson, 141 52 Huddinge

About me

  • I am a docent (Assoc. Prof.) in Physiology and Principal Researcher at the Division of Clinical Physiology.


  • My research focuses on understanding how skeletal muscle mass and function are regulated in different conditions and situations. During the last years, I focus on investigating the effects of unloading, severe inactivity, and microgravity on the musculoskeletal system.
    The studies I perform use a wide array of methods to analyze functional, metabolic, morphological, molecular and neural adaptations to acute and chronic exercise, and short- or long-term muscle disuse (e.g., microgravity), aging, disease (e.g., cerebral palsy), and athletic performance.


  • My general competence area is human physiology, with specific expertise in skeletal muscle physiology.
    Since 2018 I am the course responsible (kursansvarig) of Anatomy & Physiology (distance) within the bachelor’s program in Nursing at the Karolinska Institutet.
    Since 2023 I am the course responsible of Advanced Human Physiology Research within the Master's Programme in Translational Physiology and Pharmacology, also at the Karolinska Institutet.


All other publications


  • The role of mechanotransduction and ubiquitin-proteosome system on skeletal muscle atrophy
    Karolinska Institutet
    1 January 2024 - 31 December 2027
  • Single nuclei RNA sequencing in human skeletal muscle after unloading
    Gösta Fraenckel Foundation - KI Fonder
    1 August 2023 - 31 December 2024
  • Mechanisms behind skeletal muscle and immune system alterations during spaceflight
    Swedish National Space Agency
    13 April 2022 - 31 December 2024
  • Transcriptomic Regulation of Bedrest-Induced Muscle and Immune System Alterations - Investigating the Role of Long Non-Coding RNA
    Swedish National Space Agency & European Space Agency
    1 January 2021 - 31 December 2026


  • Principal Researcher, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, 2022-
  • Postdoctoral researcher, Physiology and Pharmacology, Karolinska Institute, 2011-2023

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2021


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