“I have the right and the opportunity to be a generalist” – Career path of Matti Nikkola

I meet Matti Nikkola in his office at Biomedicum, where he works as Head of Education at the department of Cell and Molecular Biology at Karolinska Institutet. Matti’s office is full of things that he enjoys, and things he’s proud of. A robot dog, beautiful glass statues, and a vast collection of newspaper articles. I comment that it’s tidy despite all the objects. “With my job, you have to stay organized”, he explains.… Read More “I have the right and the opportunity to be a generalist” – Career path of Matti Nikkola

“Be proactive and have a good mentor” – Career path of Carolina Hagberg

Carolina Hagberg is Assistant Professor at the Cardiovascular Medicine Unit at Karolinska Institutet (KI). She has recently established her own research group (Hagberg Lab) that studies the mechanisms involved in adipocyte nutrient uptake and energy metabolism in the healthy and obese state. … Read More “Be proactive and have a good mentor” – Career path of Carolina Hagberg

“Teaching is a beautiful way to give back to society” – Career path of Matthew Kirkham

Matthew Kirkham was the first person that gave me a teaching assignment as part of my PhD training. I hold him largely responsible for making me feel so passionate about teaching, so this was a great chance for me to share his story and his role as an educator at Karolinska Institutet.… Read More “Teaching is a beautiful way to give back to society” – Career path of Matthew Kirkham

“Freedom comes with responsibility” – Career path of Qiaolin Deng

It’s a gloomy February afternoon when I head towards Biomedicum cafeteria to meet Qiaolin Deng. As much as I feel tired with the short days and lack of sunshine I am soon to be positively charged with the energy that beams from my interviewee. Qiaolin greets me with a warm smile and sparkling eyes. It’s a very exciting time in her career.… Read More “Freedom comes with responsibility” – Career path of Qiaolin Deng

Ljubica Matic – from a journalist to an outstanding scientist

Ljubica Matic is an Assistant Professor and a Team Leader of Vascular Molecular Medicine within the Division of Vascular Surgery at Karolinska University Hospital. Her scientific achievements are impressive. During the time she spent in the Vascular Surgery Group (2012 – present) she published 8 first-author papers, 1 last name paper and was a co-author on more than 42 publications, including 4 collaborative Nature-level pieces. Her teaming up with Professor Ulf Hedin resulted in an unprecedented multi-omics exploration of Biobank of Karolinska Endarterectomies (BiKE), which significantly increased the number of currently active projects relying on this resource to more than 70. In 2018 she was a co-recipient of the Heart-Lung Foundation’s Big Gift Grant of 15 million SEK and has been awarded the prestigious Sven and Ebba Hagberg Prize by Karolinska and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for her outstanding research on molecular mechanisms of smooth muscle cell function in atherosclerosis.… Read More Ljubica Matic – from a journalist to an outstanding scientist

“Science takes you to new places”

Gunilla Karlsson Hedestam, professor at the department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC) at Karolinska Institutet, started her PhD in biochemistry at the University of Oxford and continued as a postdoc at Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. After her postdoc, she worked in a biotech company for 3 years and returned to academia afterwards. Now, her group focuses on the function of B lymphocytes and immunogenetics. She is one of the two researchers at Karolinska Institutet who received the ERC Advance Grant 2017 (granted in 2018) from the European Research Council.… Read More “Science takes you to new places”

“Resilience, grit and passion: the key for success in academia”

“Never forget the fun part of your work and choose the right mentor to work with.” This is the secret of Myriam Aouadi, who works as Principal Investigator at Karolinska Institutet since 2015. “At every step of my career I was about to choose between academia and industry: I was not seeing lots of opportunities in academia, while I really wanted a stable job and a good salary. But I still like academia better.”… Read More “Resilience, grit and passion: the key for success in academia”