Doctoral programme in Cell Biology and Genetics

The Cell Biology and Genetics programme is a university-spanning and interdepartmental programme that invites doctoral and post-doctoral students at Karolinska Institutet to participate in the different activities it organizes or sponsors.

Programme overview

The aim of the network is to support the science education within Cell biology and genetics, fields that apply Cell biology and genetics, or related fields according to the objectives of doctoral education at KI. The network bridges various research disciplines within pre-clinical and clinical research. The courses offered by the network are open to all doctoral and post-doctoral students in Swedish universities, and the network also welcomes applications from doctoral students from other countries.

The network is a collaboration with groups from many parts of KI, and its administrative base is at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at KI Biomedicum. In addition to that, the network collaborates with a number of other organizations in Sweden and abroad in the organization of individual courses and events.

Sign up for the doctoral programme

All doctoral students at Karolinska Institutet are welcome to join the programme by sending an email to
Note that you can be a member of several doctoral programs. As a member you will receive information about the activities in the programme through a mailing list.


The programme organizes courses in general cell and molecular biology, from the basic doctoral level to very specialized advanced courses. The courses include genetics, epigenetics, genomics and bioinformatics. The courses are announced in the KI course catalogue. For courses organized right now or in the near future, please consult the course catalogue.

For ideas and proposals for new courses and activities to strengthen our support for doctoral studies, please contact

A number of other specialized and general courses are also given each semester and will be announced in the KI doctoral course catalogue

The courses offered by the programme are open to all doctoral and post-doctoral students in Swedish universities, and the programme also welcomes applications from doctoral students from other countries.

Application and admission to courses on doctoral level

Application to courses is made directly in the Course catalogue at Karolinska Institutet. The available courses on doctoral level are announced once per semester. Note that registered doctoral students at KI have priority in admission, but even post-docs and doctoral students from other universities are welcome to apply.

Retreats and other activities organized by doctoral students

The program supports annually retreats organized by doctoral students. The doctoral students develop and lead the scientific program with presentations, discussions, poster sessions and other activities.  An important part of these activities is supporting new doctoral students to expand their networks in science, and also broaden their scope and perspective in research.

Even other activities are supported, such as outreach activities to help the doctoral student communicate research news to the society. Please contact if you have an idea for a novel doctoral education activity.

Steering group

  • Anna Middleton, CMB (doctoral student)
  • Laura Herzog, CMB (doctoral student)
  • Sebastian Sjöqvist (doctoral student KI & Tokyo Women's Medical University)
  • Björn Andersson (CMB faculty)
  • Susanne Schlisio (Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research)
  • Stefan Svensson Gelius (Swedish Orphan Biovitrum)
  • Carsten Daub (BioNut, Karolinska Institutet)
  • Sandra Falck (Senior research coordinator, KI)
  • Rebecca Hamilton (MD, CMB & London School of Tropical Medicine)
  • Sara Sandin (Nanyang Technical University, Singapore)
  • Matthew Kirkham, vice-head of education at CMB
  • Linda Lindell, program coordinator (CMB) - Responsibilities: reporting, home page, course evaluations, support to course directors, admission and LADOK reporting
  • Matti Nikkola, head of program (CMB) - Responsibilities: main contact person, chair of steering group, reporting, home page, QA/QC, contacts (KI, national, international)


Head of programme

Matti Nikkola

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 873 98

Programme coordinator

Linda Lindell

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 872 90

Department of Cell and Molecular Biology is the host department for the programme

Postal address:
Karolinska Institutet
Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
171 77 Stockholm

Visiting address:
Matti Nikkola
Biomedicum B7 0771
Solnavägen 9
171 65 Solna

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