Associate Professor (Docent)

Associate Professor & Senior Researcher

Weili Xu


Associate Professor & Senior Researcher

About me

I earned Ph.D. in Geriatric Epidemiology at Karolinska Institute in 2008. During 2008-2012, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher. Thereafter, I was rewarded the 4-year funding for a Research Associate position (forskarassistent) from the Board of Research, during 2013-2016. From 2017, I have been employed as a senior researcher.

Research description

My research areas include: 1) epidemiological studies of metabolic disorders (obesity and diabetes) and their relation to cognitive aging, dementia, cardiovascular disease and survival, 2) the impact of nutrition and dietary patterns on chronic disorders among Swedish elderly people, and 3) sensory function, brain MRI changes and cognitive impairment. These studies are mainly based on large population-based cohorts. I have involved in several collaborative projects across Europe, Asia and USA.


Members of the research group:

Cristina Dintica, Postdoc

Ying Shang, PhD student

Jie Guo, PhD student

Abigail Dove, PhD student


Research funding:


Swedish Research Council

The Board of Research at KArolinska Institutet

The Board of Doctoral Education (KID)

Konung Gustaf V:s och Drottning Victorias Frimurarestiftelse

Swedish Diabetes Association Alzheimerfonden China Scholarship Council


BSc, Tianjin Medical University 1987

Master degree, Tianjin Medical University 1990

PhD, Karolinska Institutet 2008

Associate professor, Karolinska Institutet 2013

Senior researcher 2017

Academic honours, awards and prizes

“The Best Clinical Diabetological Dissertation, 2008” from Swedish  Diabetes Association (Svensk Förening för Diabetologi)

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