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About me

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

Elected Chair of the National Junior Faculty (NJF) in Sweden.

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 description

My main research interest is in the field of aging and age-related diseases, applying molecular epidemiological methods. At the moment I am conducting analyses of different biological age predictors (telomere length, epigenetic clock, frailty index, etc) in several twin studies of aging (SATSA, GENDER, HARMONY, OCTO-Twin, TwinGene) within the Swedish Twin Registry and also using UK biobank data. Methods that I use include longitudinal modelling, causal analyses using Mendelian Randomization, and large-scale genome-wide approaches. 

For a more detailed description of my current research please visit my project page Molecular epidemiology studies of aging and age-related diseases.

Visiting faculty

  • Yasutake Tomata, PhD

Associated group members

Doctoral students

  • Yunzhang Wang (Supervisor)
  • Xia Li (Supervisor)
  • Ninoa Malki (Co-supervisor)
  • Anne Seeboth (Co-supervisor, University of Edinburgh)
  • Dianne Phillips (Co-supervisor, University of California, Riverside)

Former group members

Teaching portfolio

I am course organizer of the doctoral course "An introduction to Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology" (1.5 ECT) which is a course within the epidemiology programme where we cover basics in genetics, molecular epidemiology methods and discuss large-scale genetic association studies.

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