Novo Nordisk Fellowships

Novo Nordisk A/S
Novo Nordisk A/S

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.

Participating fellows from the Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme at Karolinska Institutet
Participating fellows at the Building Bridges symposium Photo: Stefan Nobel


This academic-industry joint initiative has during its lifetime recruited 25 fellows receiving their postdoctoral training at 10 different Karolinska Institutet departments, working with 20 different research groups. Fellows have been undertaking cutting edge research projects, mentored by front-line researchers in the field of diabetes and metabolism. They have also had mentors at Novo Nordisk to support research collaborations with the company. Thus, Fellows have gained insight into research conducted in both academia and industry. In order to increase coherence around the Fellowship programme, a number of events have been held throughout the years such as high profile lectures, symposia, etc. both at Karolinska Institutet and at Novo Nordisk in the Copenhagen area.

Building Bridges: Diabetes and Metabolism Research at Karolinska Institutet and Novo Nordisk

Our final symposium was held on March 19-20, 2024 to celebrate the fellowship program active from 2015-2024. The meeting was a success and summarized the research and work performed in the program over the 10 years. In addition to scientific presentations, the program highlighted the fruitful collaborations between KI and Novo Nordisk and provided career information sessions. As such, the theme for the event was “building bridges”: building bridges to new people, to new environments, to new careers, to new knowledge, and to new treatments.

Place: Eva and Georg Klein seminar hall, and Ragnar Granit seminar room, Biomedicum

Program: Building Bridges symposium March 19-20 2024


Programs from previous KI-Novo Nordisk workshops/symposia:

Symposium January 12, 2023 (in combination with the Rolf Luft Award 2022)

Workshop November 29th, 2021

Workshop November 18th, 2020

Workshop November 13th, 2019 

Workshop September 27th, 2018

Workshop October 11th, 2017

Workshop November 10th, 2016

Current fellows

Dr Osman Ahmed

Principal Investigators: Prof Peder Olofsson and Assoc Prof Stephen Malin, Dept of Medicine, Solna


Dr Aida Collado Sánchez

Principal Investigators: Prof John Pernow, Prof Per Eriksson and Assist Prof Zhichao Zhou, Dept of Medicine, Solna


Dr Scott Frendo-Cumbo

Principal Investigators: Prof Mikael Rydén and Assist Prof Niklas Mejhert, Dept of Medicine, Huddinge


Dr Alison Ludzki

Principal Investigators: Prof Mikael Rydén and Prof Peter Arner, Dept of Medicine Huddinge


Dr Kirstin MacGregor

Principal Investigators: Prof Juleen Zierath and Prof Anna Krook, Dept of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, and Dept of Physiology and Pharmacology


Dr Ilke Sen

Principal Investigators: Prof Anna Krook and Prof Juleen Zierath, Dept of Physiology and Pharmacology, and Dept of Molecular Medicine and Surgery



Dr Pauline Vercruysse

Dr Ester Bachar-Wikström

Dr Soile Tuomela

Dr Lars Ketscher

Dr Montserrat Visa

Dr Nicole Schmitner

Dr Lucile Dollet

Dr Isabel Cordero Herrera

Dr Alastair Kerr

Dr Lars Paeger

Dr Sanna Hellberg

Dr Noah Moruzzi

Dr Daniel Svensson

Dr Kelvin Kwok

Dr Katharina Herzog

Dr Vladimir Shavva

Dr Thomas Ebert

Dr Prasad Kamble

Dr David Rizo Roca


Newsletter September 2021

Newsletter September 2020

Newsletter September 2019

Programme Steering Committee

Karolinska Institutet members

Prof. Juleen Zierath, Clinical Physiology. Steering Committee Chairman

Prof. Anders Gustafsson, Vice President of KI

Prof. Nancy Pedersen, Medical Epidemiology

Prof. Barbara Canlon, Hearing Physiology

Novo Nordisk members

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

Prof. Daniel Brunicardi Timmermann, Head of Innovation, Global Drug Discovery




Programme Manager

Stefan Nobel

Programs for NN-KI workshops/mini-symposia

Content reviewer:
Stefan Nobel