Linda Lindström

Principal researcher

Associate Professor (Docent) and Group Leader

About me

I am Associate Professor in Cancer Epidemiology and Group Leader at the Department of Oncology and Pathology. In my group we do breast cancer research with a translational mindset. Breast cancer is the most common female cancer and one of the main causes of death in women. It is a heterogeneous disease both in the sense of primary tumor metastatic capacity and time to metastatic spread of disease.

We have a specific interest in understanding the reasons behind early and late risk of fatal disease as is seen in patients with breast cancer. Our goal is to improve the prediction of patients’ risk which would allow for aggressive life-threatening cancers to be treated aggressively to prevent fatal disease, whereas sparing patients with less aggressive disease unnecessary treatment. My analytical background together with my research experience shows my strong interest in cancer and breast cancer from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Research description

My main research questions:

  • What influences the time to distant metastatic breast cancer disease and time of treatment benefit?
  • How does intratumor heterogeneity and tumor microenvironment impact patient survival?
  • Which factors are important to better understand the long-term risk to die from breast cancer?
  • Why do young women have a worse survival? How does the risk and benefit from treatment differ in premenopausal vs postmenopausal women?
  • Which benign breast diseases increase the risk for a future breast cancer diagnosis? Age differences?


  • 1997-2001: MSc in Molecular Biotechnology (Civilingenjör), Uppsala University.
  • 2004-2008: PhD in Cancer Epidemiology, MEB, KI.
  • 2008-2012: Postdoc at Onk-Pat, KI.
  • 2012-2014: Postdoc at Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center, UCSF, USA.

Academic honours, awards and prizes

  • 2022-2028: Cancerfonden Senior Investigator Award.
  • 2020-2021: Senior researcher position awarded by the KI Board of Research.
  • 2015-2019: Assistant Professor position awarded by the KI Board of Research.
  • 2015-2019: Starting grant by Vetenskapsrådet (Swedish Research Council).
  • 2015-2019: Young Investigator award by FORTE.
  • 2012-2015: Postdoctoral Research position by Vetenskapsrådet.