Elizabeth Arkema

Principal researcher

About me

I am an epidemiologist with a doctoral degree in epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health and postdoctoral training in chronic disease epidemiology at Karolinska Institutet. I received Docent in Epidemiology in 2018. My research focuses on the causes and consequences of chronic inflammatory diseases, including sarcoidosis, systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis, among others. My work aims to leverage the power of Swedish population-based registers and epidemiological methods to conduct large-scale investigations of risk factors and outcomes associated with these diseases. 

Research description


I am the principal investigator of a multi-register data linkage project on sarcoidosis. For more information, please visit our website: Sarcoidosis Epidemiology Research Team 

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Our team is working to quantify risks of comorbidities associated with lupus, investigate risk factors for lupus and study reproductive outcomes in women with lupus and adverse events in their children. Check out our team website for more details: Lupus Epidemiology Research Team

Rheumatoid Arthritis

My current work is on adverse events associated with biological treatment in rheumatoid arthritis as well as other rheumatic arthritis diseases (psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylarthritis, spondylarthropathies). 

Teaching portfolio

Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses (PhD Course nr. 2790), organizer and lecturer

Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses (Master's in Epidemiology Course 4FH093), organizer and lecturer


ScD Harvard School of Public Health, 2013

ScM Harvard School of Public Health, 2009

AB Princeton University, 2004

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Docent in Epidemiology, 2018