Ida Karlsson

Postdoctoral researcher

About me

I am a postdoctoral researcher in genetic epidemiology of aging, interested in combining genetic and longitudinal designs to understand complex traits.

Research description

My primary research aim is to understand how overweight influences risk of age-related diseases, by studying why different forms of overweight have different effects on the risk of dementia, cardiovascular disease, and type-2 diabetes. I am also interested in understanding how cognitive, mental, and physical health change during the preclinical dementia process.

Teaching portfolio

Lecturer, School of Health and Welfare, Jönköping University, 2018-2020

Lectures on statistical methods (doctoral level) Lectures on cognition and dementia (bachelor and master level)

Course director 

An introduction to genetic and molecular epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, from 2021 (PhD course, 1.5 credits) Statistical Methods, School of Health and Welfare, Jönköping University, 2020 (PhD course, 7.5 credits)

Current supervision of students:

Peggy Ler (co-supervisor), PhD student at the School of Health and Welfare, Jönköping University Otto-Emil Jutila (co-supervisor), PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, Precision Medicine Doctoral Training Program


PhD in Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, 2017

MSc Biomedicine, Karolinska Institutet, 2010

Postdoctoral training

Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, from 2021

Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Riverside, 2019-2020 (6 months)

Institute of Gerontology, School of Health and Welfare, Jönköping University, 2017-2020

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