About me

Professor of Structural Biology

Research description


My group studies the molecular basis of egg-sperm interaction at fertilization, a topic that is directly relevant to both understanding human infertility and identifying potential new methods of non-hormonal contraception. In parallel, we investigate a set of proteins that contain the same zona pellucida (ZP) module found in egg coat subunits but perform completely different biological functions. This part of our work has implications for the treatment of urinary tract infections - the most common type of non-epidemic bacterial infection in humans -, as well as kidney and vascular diseases.

More information on our research may be found here.


Postdoctoral work at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY (2000-2005)

Ph.D. at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK (2000)


Academic honours, awards and prizes

Member of the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet (2019-)

Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation Project Grant (2019-2024)

EMBO Member (2018-)

Center for Innovative Medicine Senior Investigator Grant (2015-2019)

Hugo Theorell Prize for Biophysics (2013)

Göran Gustafsson Prize for Chemistry (2012)

Erik K. Fernström Prize (2011)

Sven och Ebba-Christina Hagberg Prize for Medical Research (2010)

ERC Starting Grant (2011-2015)

EMBO Young Investigator (2010-2012)

Human Frontier Science Program Long-Term Fellow (2001-2004)

EMBO Long-Term Fellow (2001)