About me

Current position

University level Karolinska Institutet Department of Neurobiology, Caring Sciences and Society, division of Physical Therapy 2013- (100%). Amount of research within the employment about 25%. Associated professor (Docent) since spring 2011 Member of Institutional board (NVS)

Previous positions and periods of appointment

Research assistant Health University Linköping. 1991-1992. University lecturer/associated professor Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neurobiology, Caring Sciences and Society, division of Physical Therapy from 2002-ongoing. Ergonomist at Karolinska Institutet Department of Public Health, division of Work and Environmental Medicine from 2002-2012


Research group leader (https://ki.se/en/nvs/musculoskeletal-disorders-from-a-biopsychosocial-p…) Around sixty peer-reviewed publications (see below)   Presentations at national and international conferences. Grant holder in TRAMA project (EU-financed project 2008-2009). Member in networks on Occupational Health Services 2010-2013, Regeneretive Medicine, Swedish biomechanics Society, etc.

Previous and current research funding.

2002-2006: Music Norrtälje NVV, 150 000 SEK 2010-2013: AFA insurance2 500 000 SEK. 2010-2013: KI-fonden about 130 000 SEK in total. 2011 Backapp AB  175 000 2014: Scandinavian Business Seating AS 325 000 2015-2017  ALF (Anna Kiesling/Magdalena Fresk) 700 000 SEK 2016 Qinematic – insurance company financed a project 575 000 SEK 2016-2018  Sveriges Regioner och kommuner (Magdalena Fresk) 120 000 SEK 2019-2021  Swiss National Science Foundation (Roman Kuster) 720 000 SEK 2022 Reumatikerförbundet (Björn Äng) 75 000 SEK

Education at the Karolinska Institutet

Co-supervisor of three ongoing doctoral students: John Ressman, Tom Torstensen, Magdalena Fresk.  Main supervisor of one finished doctoral student: Roman Kuster 2021.  Co-supervisor of three finished doctoral students: Christina Olsson, 2010, Ingrid Claesson, 2018, Elena Tseli 2019. External mentor for two doctoral students at the Karolinska Institutet (2009 and 2017) Supervision of exam projects at bachelor level >150 students. Supervision of exam projects at advanced level >90 students. International supervisors at bachelor and master level. Head course organization for several courses on bachelor, advanced and doctoral levels Member in several halftime and disputation committees 2012-2022. Coordinator international collaborations with Rosario University Bogota Colombia, ZWAH (Zurich, Switzerland)., Bern University (Switzerland).

Research description

Movement science in a broad perspective (biomechanics, motor control) Epidemiology Musculoskeletal pain in a biopsychosocial perspective Systematic reviews

Teaching portfolio

Framtidens lärare

Course leader at different levels

Lecturer and examinator in several courses at different levels




Higher education degree(s)

Master in public health 1988 University of Maastricht the Netherlands. Physical Therapy, 1995, Karolinska Institutet. Doctoral degree 2006, Med Dr. Karolinska Institutet. Doctoral thesis title: Work and Neck/Shoulder Pain – Risk and Prognostic factors.

Pedagogics for university teachers. Karolinska institutet (framtidens lärare) Supervisor courses.


Academic honours, awards and prizes

“Best teacher in physiotherapy” –reward winner: 2015 and 2017, nomitated nearly every year since 2014

2023. Corresponding author to a high-impact publication in Annals of Internal Medicine (https://doi.org/10.7326/M22-2348