I hold a PhD from Karolinska Institutet, completing my dissertation titled "Energy Expenditure and Accelerometer Cut-points for Sedentary Behavior and Physical Activity in Spinal Cord Injury – Implication for Guiding and Prevention." My research revolved around understanding the energy metabolism of individuals with spinal cord injuries during activities ranging from basic metabolism to maximum oxygen uptake. I analysed extensive data from approximately 700 measurements, including indirect calorimetry, heart rate, and accelerometers. This data allowed me to establish intensity thresholds and describe energy expenditure patterns for wheelchair users with spinal cord injuries.
Following my PhD, I joined the Åstrand Laboratory at the Swedish School of Sports and Health Science (Gymnastik och Idrottshögskolan) as a postdoctoral researcher in the HPI group. Here, I delved into investigating the relationship between changes in physical capacity and various health-related risk factors within the field of public health.
Throughout my academic journey, I have published several research papers. Some of these publications explore the association between changes in cardiorespiratory fitness and incident hypertension, the impact of cardiorespiratory fitness and lifestyle on severe COVID-19 risk, and the influence of changes in cardiorespiratory fitness on self-rated health. I have also investigated the correlation between lifestyle habits, mental health, workplace sitting, and general health in the working populations,
Currently, I am actively involved in multiple projects. One notable project aims to develop a test that predicts maximal oxygen uptake using a submaximal arm cycling test for persons with a spinal cord injury. Additionally, I collaborate with the ryggmärgsskadecentrum and the University of Gothenburg on a fascinating endeavour in human-computer interaction. We aim to create a health and lifestyle application specifically designed for individuals with spinal cord injuries. This innovative app, integrated with an activity tracker, employs pulse and accelerometer data to calculate energy expenditure, monitor intensity levels, and track sedentary behaviour. It also allows users to report condition-specific secondary complications, fostering a well-balanced daily routine. The beauty of this project lies in its co-creation approach, as end-users play a significant role in shaping the app's development.
Furthermore, I have taken on teaching responsibilities since 2021 within the physiotherapy program. I have the privilege of teaching and mentoring students at both the undergraduate and advanced levels. As the course coordinator in semester four," nerve system injuries and Diseases". Additionally, I teach various subjects, including balance control, somatosensory assessment, and pain physiology, within a clinical context. At the advanced level, I delve into the intricacies of "Measuring Physical Activity with Focus on Wearable Monitors - Applications for Clinical and Epidemiological Studies."