Shireen Sindi

Shireen Sindi

Senior Research Specialist | Docent
Visiting address: Karolinska vägen 37 A, QA3, 17164 Solna
Postal address: H1 Neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle, H1 Klinisk geriatrik Kivipelto, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • Shireen Sindi, PhD is Associate Professor (Docent) at Karolinska Institute (Sweden),  

  • Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS), Division of 
  • Clinical Geriatrics. She completed her former studies at McGill University 
  • (Canada), with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, and a doctoral degree at 
  • McGill’s Integrated Program in Neuroscience.


  • Her research focuses on risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia, including stress, sleep and biological markers, with evidence from normal ageing to Alzheimer’s disease. More recently she developed an expertise on dementia lifestyle preventive interventions, and published on the underlying biological mechanisms (telomere length) in a multidomain lifestyle intervention (the FINGER trial). She has established and leads the following projects: 1) Multi-Center Sleep Study. 2) The Microbiome-Gut-Brain Axis in Prodromal Alzheimer's disease study. 3) Air pollution and dementia (PolluDem).

    She is also scientific &

  • research coordinator for: 1) Multimodal preventive trials for Alzheimer's Disease (MIND-AD)
  • 2) Multimodal strategies to promote a healthy brain in aging: Innovative evidence-based tools (EIT-Health MULTI-MODE)
  • 3) Cortisol &
  • Stress in Alzheimer’s disease (Co-STAR) projects.

    She is also actively involved in supervision, teaching &

  • several academic activities. She has recently take on the role of Chair for National Junior Faculty. Her commitments have included, Assistant Professors Representative at the NVS Department Council, Junior Faculty Representative at the KI Faculty Council, Chair of KI Junior Faculty, and Leader of the Junior Faculty Mentorship Program. 


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  • Senior Research Specialist, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, 2023-

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2024

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