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Doctoral programme in Cardiovascular research

Overview of the doctoral programme in cardiovascular research

The doctoral programme in CardioVascular Research (CVR programme) is designed to create an interactive and comprehensive learning platform for cardiovascular research education at Karolinska Institutet, and to fulfil our mission of educating prospective and competent cardiovascular researchers.

Specific aims of the doctoral programme are: i) to organize a series of postgraduate courses designed to meet the specific needs of cardiovascular research education at KI, ii) to offer students learning opportunities for both fundamental knowledge and cutting-edge cardiovascular research, iii) to create a networking place allowing students to communicate/interact beyond groups and departments and between programmes and networks, and iv) to provide the trainees with a cultivating ground not only for good science and research independence but also for social competence, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Hence, the programme is committed to provide KI doctoral students and post-doctoral trainees with good scientific training both in pre-clinical, clinical, and epidemiological cardiovascular research.

The programme organizes a number of doctoral education courses covering background knowledge of cardiovascular sciences, advanced research and clinical subjects, basic and advanced experimental methodologies, as well as career development. The CVR programme will collaborate with existing KI cardiovascular research networks and centres and partner doctoral programmes to organise research seminar series, symposia, and joint research retreats. The programme will also organize an annual cardiovascular research retreat to enhance the communication and networking among doctoral students. Together, the CVR doctoral programme constitutes an interactive and innovative environment for KI doctoral students to learn, to develop, and to mature in science and beyond science.

Sign up for the doctoral programme in cardiovascular research

Do you want to sign up for the doctoral programme in cardiovasular research?

As a doctoral student at Karolinska Institutet you can sign up for one or more doctoral programme and thus obtain information on the courses and activities that are arranged. An expression of interest is submitted when you apply for admission to doctoral education, or at any time during the doctoral education by sending an email to Nailin Li. This means that you will receive information from the the doctoral programme in cardiovascular research about the programme's courses and activities. You may choose from what is offered, but you do not commit to participate in any activity, nor are you guaranteed admission to any of the courses organized within the framework of the programme.


Application to courses is made directly in the Course catalogue at Karolinska Institutet. The available courses on doctoral level are announced once per semester. The catalogue for courses is published on around April 15 respectively October 15 and is open for application during one month.

Courses within the programme of Cardiovascular research

After the application period is closed the applicant can only be admitted according to availability. A late application is made directly to the course organizer. KI's courses are open for registered doctoral students at all universities and colleges. If space allows, other applicants may also be accepted.

Formal note about admission (or not) is emailed to the applicants within a month after the application time is closed. If you are not admitted, you will be asked for interest to be on the waiting list. The applicant needs to confirm participation by a form signed by the applicant and his/hers supervisor.

All syllabi for courses at doctoral level at KI are collected in the KIWAS database.

Other educational activities

The programme organises research seminar series and cardiovascular retreats in collaborations with other KI cardiovascular research networks.

Information for course organizers

A brief guideline for CVR course organization, evaluation, and report

Steering group

Nailin Li (programme director), associate professor, Department of Medicine-Solna, KI

Rachel Fisher (programme vice director), professor, Department of Medicine-Solna, KI

Bruna Gigante, assistant professor, Department of Clinical Sciences at Danderyd Hospital, KI

Daniel Ketelhuth, senior research fellow, Department of Medicine-Solna, KI

Joy Roy, associate professor, Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, KI

Mia von Euler, associate professor, Department of Clinical Science and Education at Södersjukhuset, KI

Emil Hansson, assistant professor, Department of Medicine-Huddinge, KI

Daniel Andersson, research fellow, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, KI

Andres Laguna Fernandez, post-doc fellow, Department of Medicine-Solna, KI

Christina Stefanitsch, doctoral student, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, KI

Programme administrator:

Marzieh Javadzadeh, scientific administrator, Department of Medicine-Solna, KI


Nailin Li

Programme director

Marzieh Javadzadeh

Programme administrator