Professor in Molecular Epidemiology
Keywords: type 2 diabetes epidemiology
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In December 2013 I qualified as Associate Professor in Epidemiology at Uppsala University, Sweden and started my own research group. The focus of my research is to identify risk factors and causes for diabetes and cardiovascular disease onset and progression. In the past three years, I have recruited four PhD students and two post-doctoral fellows. So far, my group has taken part in the development and application of bioinformatics analysis pipelines for metabolomics and proteomics data in large population-based studies, which I anticipate will have large impacts on the field of epidemiology. I have also led work on the use of Mendelian Randomization methods in the context of circulating lipids, an article which was accompanied by an Editorial in the journal Diabetes. I have organized the linkage of several large national registers and have now access to two databases, one on 4.5 million adults, and the other one comprising one million children, with detailed information on health and exposure to animals. The latter has been used for assessing the long-standing question regarding an association of early exposure to animals and childhood asthma, a study which not only gained huge media interest including interviews for BBC World and title story in The Times in 2015, but is also used as part of the scientific basis for new policies on pediatrician advice to parents about pet ownership in Sweden. My scientific accomplishments were awarded in 2015 with the Oscar prize at Uppsala University (all disciplines) and the Göran Gustafssons grand prize for young researchers in 2016. As detailed in my list of research grants, I have been awarded project grants as Principal Investigator from Vetenskapsrådet, FORMAS, Diabetesfonden and Hjärt-Lungfonden, among others. I have both initiated and participated in many collaborative efforts. Some of these were large international scientific collaborations including up to 150 study groups that I participated in first as a contributor and later as part of the steering committees. I am often invited to give lectures to lay audiences and the general public. I have also been working together with the Swedish Heart and Lung Foundation to give a series of lectures for Senior Clubs in Uppsala and Stockholm. Hosted by the Swedish Academy of Sciences, I have given inspirational talks to teachers, and also developed a dataset where they can teach students about basic epidemiology. In 2017, I was selected for a position as Assistant Senior Lecturer (Tenure Track), funded by the Vice-Chancellor of Uppsala University, with fully funded salary and €60,000 research funding per year for four years, obtained in competition with 78 applicants. In 2018, I was promoted to Senior Lecturer. In 2018, I was also awarded a prestigious Starting Grant from the European Reserach Council. My overall long-term goal is to establish a world-class scientific environment at my University within the molecular epidemiology field to attract international and diverse talents in the field to achieve important scientific findings that can translate to improvements for the patients and the wider community.
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