About me

Associate Professor (Docent) in molecular epidemiology at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet.

Research description

My main research interest is human biological aging; how to measure it in human cohorts, understanding causal pathways in aging and identify geroprotectors to repurpose for age-related diseases. Markers of human biological aging can be telomere length, epigenetic clocks, functional aging, frailty index, etc. I study such markers in longitudinal data from several twin studies of aging (SATSA, GENDER, HARMONY, OCTO-Twin, TwinGene) within the Swedish Twin Registry and also using UK biobank data. Methods that I use include longitudinal modelling, causal analyses using drug target Mendelian Randomization, and large-scale genome-wide approaches. 

For a more detailed description of my current research please visit my project page A geroscientifc approach to study human biological aging.

Group members

Associated group members

Former group members

  • Christopher McMurran, PhD, Visiting researcher
  • Ge Bai, PhD-student (Co-supervisor)
  • Yunzhang Wang, PhD, bioinformatician
  • Xia Li, PhD-student
  • Xueying Qin, PhD, visiting researcher
  • Ninoa Malki, PhD-student (Co-supervisor)
  • Yasutake Tomata, PhD, visiting researcher
  • Yiqiang Zhan, PhD-student (Supervisor)
  • Xu Chen, PhD-student (Co-supervisor)
  • Qi Wang, PhD, visiting researcher
  • Robert Muller, Postdoc
  • Anne Seeboth, PhD-student (Co-supervisor, University of Edinburgh)
  • Dylan Williams, Postdoc


  • PhD in Computational Biology, Linköping University, 2009
  • MSc in Molecular Biology, Stockholm University, 2003
  • BSc in Computer Science, Stockholm University, 2003


  • Genetic epidemiology, Medical epidemiology and biostatistics (MEB), KI, 2011-2014
  • Molecular epidemiology, Department of medical sciences, Uppsala University, 2013-2014


  • Stanford University School of Medicine, 2016

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Swedish Research Council, National Institute on Aging (NIA/NIH), Strategic Research Program in Epidemiology at Karolinska Institutet, Swedish Cancer Society, King Gustaf V and Queen Victoria’s Foundation of Freemasons, KI Foundations