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Anna Thorson

Professor/specialist physician

About me

I am a Professor in Global Infectious Disease Epidemiology, specifically HIV with the Dept. of Global Public Health, KI and a Specialist Physician at the Unit of Infectious Disease Medicine at the Karolinska University Hospital.


Research description

My research aims at contributing to effective implementation of interventions targeting prevention and care of HIV, STI, TB and other infectious diseases, including Ebola, Zika and SARS CoV2 infections. I specifically focus my work on settings where the health system is challenged, on gender and vulnerable or hard-to-reach populations. Most of my research is located in low- or lower middle-income countries.

Teaching portfolio

Course leader (post-graduate or doctoral course, unless otherwise specified)

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Gender and Health

Gender and Infectious diseases

Gender and Tuberculosis

Global Health (undergraduate and post-graduate levels)

Infectious disease epidemiology



I have a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Health from Université Paris VII, a Master in Public Health and a PhD in International Health, from Karolinska Institutet. I was awarded an Associate Professorship in International Health in 2009 and became full Professor in Global Infectious Disease Epidemiology, specifically HIV,  in 2013.

I finalised my university medical degree (MD) with Lund University in 1995, and got my license to practice medicine in 1997. I became a clinical specialist in Infectious Disease Medicine at the Karolinska University Hospital in 2011. 

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Honorary Professor, Hanoi Medical University in 2011

Have served as elected member of the Technical Expert Reference Group (TERG) of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria 2015-2018.