Photo of Emma Andersson taken at Karolinska Institutet

Emma Andersson

Principal researcher

Research description

The Andersson lab aims to understand how multicellular organisms develop specialized organs systems with the correct cellular identity and architecture necessary for function, and how these systems are affected in disease and regeneration. As developmental biologists, we are interested in why and how cells choose to proliferate, differentiate, self-renew or trans-differentiate. In order to study this in depth we develop new technologies to analyze organs, or new methods to manipulate embryogenesis. We are focused on Alagille syndrome, a congenital disorder affecting development of several organ systems including the liver and vasculature. In addition to the technologies we are developing, we use mouse models, 3d cell culture, Crispr cell lines, single cell omics, and patient samples to address fundamental questions with relevance for human health.

Academic honours, awards and prizes

2017     The Daniel Alagille Award

This prize for one internationally competitive young scientist (under 40) in Europe is awarded by the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), for research in the field of genetic cholestatic liver disorders..


2017     EASL Mentoring Progamme recipient

This European mentorship program awards two mentees per year with a mentor, in international competition and provides funds for visits and networking. ER Andersson was matched with Mario Strazzabosco, Yale, USA, and spent a month at Yale, as Visiting Assistant Professor, in fall of 2017.


2014     Sven och Ebba-Christina Hagbergs prize & grant

 This prize for excellent young scientists, awarded every second year at Karolinska Institutet, is a personal prize and research grant.