My major research interest has always been centered around the development and function of neural cell types. During my PhD at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at KI, I studied transcriptional determinants of specific neuronal identities including the dopaminergic and serotonergic neurons of the brain. I thereafter transitioned my research focus to the “Brain in the gut” – the Enteric Nervous System, during a postdoc at National Institute for Medical Research in Mill Hill, London, UK. Since 2013, I have led my own research group at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
My research team focuses on neural cell diversity in the Enteric Nervous System (ENS). By determining the variety of ENS cell subtypes, the functions they normally serve and their developmental specification we aim to improve diagnostic and therapeutic principles for gut disorders. The lab addresses these basic but critical questions by transcriptome analysis coupled with viral-based activity/gene manipulations using the mouse model.
1996-2001 Master in Molecular Biology, Umeå University
1999-2000 ERASMUS exchange year, University of Manchester, UK
2002-2008 PhD candidate, Dept Cell and Molecular Biology, Karolinska Institutet
2009-2010 Postdoc, National Institute for Medical Research; Mill Hill, London, UK