Sara Hägg

Sara Hägg

Senior Lecturer | Docent
Telephone: +46852482236
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Postal address: C8 Medicinsk epidemiologi och biostatistik, C8 MEB II Hägg, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • Associate Professor (Docent) in molecular epidemiology at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet.

    Education

    • PhD in Computational Biology, Linköping University, 2009
    • MSc in Molecular Biology, Stockholm University, 2003
    • BSc in Computer Science, Stockholm University, 2003

    Postdoc

    • Genetic epidemiology, Medical epidemiology and biostatistics (MEB), KI, 2011-2014
    • Molecular epidemiology, Department of medical sciences, Uppsala University, 2013-2014

    Sabbatical

    • Stanford University School of Medicine, 2016

Research

  • My main research interest is human biological aging. How to measure it in human cohorts, understanding causal pathways in aging and identify geroprotectors to repurpose for age-related diseases. Markers of human biological aging can be telomere length, epigenetic clocks, functional aging, frailty index, etc. I study such markers in longitudinal data from several twin studies of aging (SATSA, GENDER, HARMONY, OCTO-Twin, TwinGene) within the Swedish Twin Registry and also using UK biobank data and many other Swedish cohorts. Methods that I use include longitudinal modelling, causal analyses using drug target Mendelian Randomization, and large-scale genome-wide approaches. For a more detailed description of my current research please visit my project page A geroscientifc approach to study human biological aging.

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Grants

Employments

  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, 2023-

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2015

Leadership and responsibility assignments

  • Director of core facility, LifeGene, Karolinska Institute, https://ki.se/forskning/lifegene, 2024-
  • Founding board member, The Nordic Aging Society (NAS), University of Copenhagen, https://www.nordicaging.org/, 2023-

Supervisor

  • Karolina Gustavsson, Muti-omics of aging and risk for dementia, 2024
  • Sara Licaj
  • Katalin Vincze
  • Bowen Tang

Committee work

  • Chair, Expert group, Swedish Twin Registry, Karolinska Institute, https://ki.se/en/research/staff-and-management
  • Member, Steering committee, SIMPLER, Uppsala University, https://www.simpler4health.se/about-us/steering-committe/
  • Member, Executive group, Strategic research area in epidemiology and biostatistics, Karolinska Institute, https://ki.se/en/research/about-sfoepi

Editorial work

  • Clinical epigenetics, Associate editor, https://clinicalepigeneticsjournal.biomedcentral.com/about/editorial-board, 2023

Other expert reviewer/evaluation assignment

  • Evaluator of research applications in national competition, Swedish Research Council, 2024
  • Reviewer of candidates proposed for academic positions, University of Oulu, 2024
  • Evaluator of research applications in national competition, Public Health panel, Academy of Finland, 2023
  • Reviewer of candidates proposed for academic positions, Evaluator for fellowship, Medical Research Council, 2023
  • Evaluator of research applications in international competition, Different panels, National Institute on Aging, 2018

Conference/event participation

  • Chair, Gordon Research Conference (GRC) in Systems Aging, https://www.grc.org/systems-aging-conference/2024/, 2024
  • Chair, SFOepi conference - the future of epidemiology and biostatistics, https://ki.se/en/research/sfoepi-conference-the-future-of-epidemiology-and-biostatistics, 2024
  • Chair, The Nordic Aging Society - Symposium on Aging, 2024
  • Other, The Nordic Congress on Gerontology, Member of the National Scientific Committee, https://www.nkg2024.se/national-scientific-committee/, 2024
  • Invited speaker, Aging Research and Drug Development (ARDD), https://agingpharma.org/, 2024
  • Invited speaker, Biomarkers of Aging Conference, https://www.agingconsortium.org/conference-2024, 2024
  • Invited speaker, Max Planck Freiburg Epigenetics meeting, https://events.ie-freiburg.mpg.de/, 2024

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