Onur Parlak

Onur Parlak

Assistant professor

Principal Investigator

About me

Lab website: https://www.parlaklab.com/

Onur Parlak earned his PhD in Bioelectronics from Linköping University in 2015. He then received a Fellowship from The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW) and started postdoctoral research at Stanford University, focusing on wearable bioelectronics. After spending three years, he turned back to Sweden and joined the Karolinska Institutet to translate his engineering skills into medical settings with KAW starting grant. 

He has been recently awarded by KI Central Funding as an Assistant Professor and research group leader as a part of the KI investment program to recruit and support leading junior researchers with particularly outstanding scientific merits and future potential. Since 2021, Dr. Parlak has been acting as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Medicine, Solna, Dermatology and Venereology Unit in Karolinska Institutet where he specializes in personalized diagnostics and wearable bioelectronics.

Team Members

Onur Parlak, PI

Sihui Xu, PhD student

Liu Yang, PhD student

Nicolas Mano, Postdoc

Morteza Hasanpouraminiri, Postdoc (with TUM)

Fujie Tham, MSc student

Research description

  • Wearable Bioelectronics
  • Epidermal Sensors
  • Medical Diagnostics
  • Programmable Bioelectronics
  • Biomaterials Design & Electron Microscopy

To read further about our research, please read here.

Teaching portfolio

2021, Lecturer, and course responsible for Biomimetic Systems - Modelling Human Physiology in Infection Biology in Biology of Infection and Global Health (BIGH) Programme. 

2021-current, Lecturer, in Medical Sensors course organized by KTH Royal Institutet of Technology



2019 – 2020, Researcher, Neuroscience Department, Karolinska Institute, Sweden

2016 – 2018, Postdoctoral Researcher, Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, USA

2012 – 2015, PhD in Bioelectronics, Biosensors and Bioelectronics Centre, Linköping University, Sweden


Academic honours, awards and prizes

2022, Bo Rydin Foundation Research Support (2 M SEK)

2022, KI Research Incubator Interdisciplinary Research Grant (2 M SEK)

2022, Swedish Research Council Starting Grant in Medicine and Health (6 M SEK)

2021, Karolinska Institutet Research Incubator (KIRI) Fellow 

2021, European Innovation Council Research Project Support (40 M SEK)

2021, HudFonden - Swedish Skin Foundation 

2020, KI Central Funding to support Tenure-track positions and starting grant (7 M SEK)

2020, Young Research Group leader for his merits and future potential by KI Central Funding

2020, Åforsk Foundation Research Grant for Young researchers (0.5 M SEK)

2018, Knut and Alice Wallenberg (KAW) Foundation Repatriation Grant 

2016, Knut and Alice Wallenberg (KAW) Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 

2011, Research Internship, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore