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 in the field of aging and age-related diseases, applying molecular epidemiological methods. At the moment I am conducting analyses of different biological age predictors (telomere length, epigenetic clock, frailty index, etc) in 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 Mendelian Randomization, and large-scale genome-wide approaches. 

For a more detailed description of my current research please visit my project page Molecular epidemiology studies of aging and age-related diseases.

Group members

Associated group members

Former group members

  • 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
  • Ida Karlsson, PhD-student (Co-supervisor)
  • 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, Cancer Foundation, King Gustaf V and Queen Victoria’s Foundation of Freemasons