Novo Nordisk Fellowships

Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme at Karolinska Institutet

This fellowship programme aims to support the development of a new generation of exceptional young diabetes and metabolism researchers, to become future leaders in the field, while further developing scientific excellence within these areas ultimately improving the lives of patients.

Call for postdoc applications 2019 - Now closed!

The Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme at KI was initiated in 2015 and has completed four rounds of recruitments and we have to date appointed 16 postdoctoral fellows. This call is, thus, our fifth round of recruitment of 4 postdoctoral fellows for an expected start date in the autumn of 2019. Deadline for applications - Sunday 7 April, 2019.


Based at Karolinska Institutet, Fellows will undertake cutting edge research projects, mentored by front-line researchers in the field of diabetes and metabolism. In addition, it is anticipated that during the course of the fellowships, fellows will have the opportunity to spend approximately 3 months in the research laboratories at Novo Nordisk in Copenhagen. Thus, Fellows will gain insight into research conducted in both academia and industry. In order to increase coherence around the Fellowship programme, a number of events will be held throughout the year such as high profile lectures, symposia, etc. which the fellows will attend, both at Karolinska Institutet and at Novo Nordisk in Copenhagen.

  • The postdoctoral research fellowships are aimed at early career researchers with a basic science background.
  • Fellowships are fully funded for a 3-year period providing salary as well as travel allowance for the fellow.
  • The fellowship programme is open to outstanding candidates of any nationality.

Workshops and meetings

Earlier Novo Nordisk-KI workshops:

Programme from workshop September 27, 2018 can be downloaded here

Programme from workshop October 11, 2017 can be downloaded here

Programme from workshop November 10, 2016 can be downloaded here

Current fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow Principal Investigator

Dr Isabel Cordero Herrera


Assoc Prof Mattias Carlström, Renal and Cardiovascular Research, Dept of Physiology and Pharmacology
Dr Lucile Dollet Prof Anna Krook and Prof Juleen Zierath, Section of Integrative Physiology, Dept of Physiology and Pharmacology
Dr Thomas Ebert Prof Peter Stenvinkel and Prof Annika Wernerson, Dept of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology
Dr Sanna Hellberg Assoc Prof Stephen Malin and Prof Göran K Hansson, Cardiovascular Research, Dept of Medicine Solna

Dr Alastair Kerr

Assoc Prof Ingrid Dahlman, Lipid Laboratory, Dept of Medicine Huddinge
Dr Kelvin Kwok Assoc Prof Carsten Daub, Prof Mikael Rydén and Prof Peter Arner, Dept of Medicine Huddinge
Dr Noah Moruzzi Assoc Prof Ingo Leibiger, Insulin Receptor Signalling, Dept of Molecular Medicine and Surgery

Dr Lars Paeger

Assoc Prof Christian Broberger, Dept of Neuroscience
Dr Nicole Schmitner Ass Prof Olov Andersson, Dept of Cell and Molecular Biology
Dr Vladimir Shavva
Prof Peder Olofsson, Dept of Medicine, Solna
Dr Daniel Svensson Assoc Prof Hjalmar Brismar and Prof Anita Aperia, Paediatric cell and molecular biology, Dept of Women’s and Children’s Health


Dr Pauline Vercruysse

Dr Ester Bachar-Wikström

Dr Soile Tuomela

Dr Lars Ketscher

Dr Montserrat Visa

Programme Steering Committee

Karolinska Institutet members Novo Nordisk members

 Prof. Juleen Zierath, Clinical Physiology. Steering Committee Chairman

 Dr. Peter Kurtzhals, Chief Scientific Advisor, Novo Nordisk R&D

 Prof. Anders Gustafsson, Dean of Research

 Dr. Martin Ridderstråle, Corporate Vice President, Clinical Pharmacology & Translational Medicine

nancy pedersen Prof. Nancy Pedersen, Medical Epidemiology

Dr. Mads Tang-Christensen, Corporate Vice President, Obesity Research

 Prof. Barbara Canlon, Hearing Physiology



Programme Manager

Håkan Karlsson