Meet Stockholm Faculty

Adam Darwich

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Associate Professor in Health Systems Engineering in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems at KTH. Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Manchester (2014). Research focus on modelling and simulation of systems and processes related to healthcare, health services, pharmaceutical development, and precision dosing. With DIS since 2021.

Aemal Akhtar

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

PhD, Clinical Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 2022. MSc, Epidemiology, McGill University, 2016. BSc, Biology & Psychology, McMaster University, 2011. Has been a consultant for the World Health Organization from 2021-present. Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales from 2017-2022. Also a Research Coordinator at McMaster University from 2016-2017. With DIS since 2023.

Alfio Brancozzi

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Developer at Funnel AB. B.S. in Computer Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (2020). B.Com., University of Queensland (2009). Previous experience in cross-platform mobile app development from launching an endometriosis symptom-tracking app for a Stockholm-based health tech startup. Currently working with backend API integrations for marketing analytics. With DIS since 2023. 

Amari Claudia Enzi

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Senior Sustainability Specialist at Sandvik Coromant (2022–⁠present). M.Sc. in Environmental System Science with focus in Business Administration, University of Graz (2013). M.Sc. in Energy and Environmental Engineering, University of Applied Sciences Burgenland (2012). Previous experience consulting on projects in Canada, Europe, and Southeast Asia as Director, Subject Matter Expert Sustainability at Prime Weber Shandwick (2022) and strategizing sustainable development practices as Nordic Sustainabilty & Corporate Affairs Manager at Samsung Electronics (2017–⁠2022). With DIS since 2023.

Andrea Simonelli

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

B.A. in Modern Languages and Literature (English, Russian and Scandinavian Languages, Milano University, 2009). M. Sc. in Pedagogy (Stockholm Univerity, 2020). Business Developer, ELVIRA Kunskapsutveckling, 2022-2024. Developer of "Ukraine Compentece Program" (funded by the European Social Fund). Goal: ensure the successful integration of Ukraine refugees into Swedish society. Language teacher, ABF Komvux, Stockholm, 2018-2022, teaching Swedish to adults. Language Teacher, Sigtuna Kommun, 2017-2018. With DIS since 2024.

Angie Hjort

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Head of software at Gapminder Foundation. M.Sc. in Human-Computer Interaction with minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Aalto University (2014). M.Eng. in Industrial Automation and Control Systems, Ural Federal University (2011). Currently responsible for software efforts of gapminder.org/tools and for developing interactive data pictures. Previous experience building data-intense visualizations for oil platform safety monitoring, user interfaces for an online payment aggregator, and control systems and operator user interfaces for an ore processing factory. With DIS since 2022.

Anna Simonsson

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Studied photojournalism at Nordens Fotoskola (2002). Since then she has worked full time with photojournalism and is specialized in portraits and stories. Anna works mostly for magazines and union newspapers and was the photo editor of the now closed magazine Ingenjören. In 2010 and 2012 she won the Best Photo Award at the Union Press Day. With DIS since 2018.

Anton Lager

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

M.P.H., Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, 2004. Ph.D., Medical Science, Karolinska Institutet, 2011. Docent, Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, 2023. Head of Unit, Region Stockholm, 2013-present. Researcher, Centre for Health Equity Studies, 2011-2013. Secretary, Swedish Ministry of Education, SOU 2006:77. Public Health Planning Officer, Swedish National Institute of Public Health, 2003-2013. With DIS since 2024.

Asterios Papageorgiou

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. candidate, Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Sciences and Engineering (SEED), KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) (2018-present). Licentiate in Industrial Ecology, KTH (2021). M.Sc in Sustainable Technology, KTH (2018). M.Sc. in Sustainable Waste Management, School of Civil Engineering, Leeds University (2006). B.Sc in Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2005). Senior environmental specialist (2023-present). Previous experience supporting research projects in waste management and material flow analysis as Environmental Researcher at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2008–⁠2009). With DIS since 2021.

Carin Sjölin

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

When not working at DIS, I am finishing my thesis on how the municipal planning monopoly has affected the concentration and competition for Swedish food retail services, a study based on neo-institutional economics. My path here has taken me through writing market reports for Reuters, directing traffic at movie sets, and being a contract manager in the telecom business. I live in Vasastan with my husband and two kids. I would be happy to answer any odd questions you may have about Sweden or recommend a restaurant. With DIS since 2023.

Carlos Tirado

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

PhD. (Psychology, Stockholm University, 2021). Postdoctoral researcher, Linköping University, Linköping, 2022-present. With DIS since 2023.

Charilaos Chourpiliadis

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

MD (University of Patras 2017), MMSc in Epidemiology (Karolinska Institutet 2022). Ph.D student (Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet 2022-present) with a research focus on risk factors (environmental, genetic) on the risk and progression of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. With DIS since March 2024.

Chenhong Lin

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D., Medical Science, Karolinska Institutet, 2021. With DIS since 2022.

Christopher Grigsby

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, USA (2014). Postdoctoral Fellow and Researcher, Division of Medical Systems Bioengineering, Karolinska Institutet (2016-present). Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University, New York, USA (2015-2016). Staff Research Associate, University California San Francisco, San Francisco, USA (2005-2007). B.S. Bioengineering, UC Berkeley, USA (2005). With DIS since 2021.

Clara Auclair

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

PhD, Visual and Cultural Studies (Art and Art History Department, University of Rochester, USA and Langues, Littérature et Image, Université Paris Cité, France, 2023). Certificate in Film Preservation (L. Jeffrey Selznick School for Film Preservation, George Eastman Museum, Rochester (NY), USA, 2014). Clara has been teaching at University of Rochester and guest lectured in Swedish universities. She also works as a research consultant for film archives and museums since 2022. Fields of interest includes: early film studies, media studies, visual and cultural studies, gender studies and labor studies. With DIS since 2023.

Djina Wilk

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

M.A. in Germanic Languages and Literature, Washington University of St. Louis, graduation year 2007. Also Swedish official teaching qualification (subject: languages) from Stockholm University and Stockholm Lärarhögskola, graduation year 2009. Current self-employed at Bee Swedish, a private language business,  since February 2016. Former Education Manager and also teacher in English at Komvux, Folkuniversitetet, Stockholm. Also member of the board at Folkuniversitetet Stockholm. Has been teaching Swedish as a foreign language since 2004, for example at Internationella Skolorna Düsseldorf, Germany and also Folkuniversitetet, Stockholm. With DIS since 2016.

Ebba Karlsson

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology (Stockholm University, 2015), B.A. in Philosophy (Stockholm University, 2013). Visiting student in Politics and Public Policy at New York University, and research internship at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University. Founder of Poplar, a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving political civility in society. Also working as an organisational consultant, focusing on leadership development, stress resilience and well-being. With DIS since 2016.

Psychology, Ebba Karlsson

Eleni Tsamantioti

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Medical Doctor (M.D. ), University of Patras, 2019. MMedSc in Public Health Sciences-Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, 2021. PhD student since 2021, Karolinska Institutet. She joined DIS in 2024.

Elisabeth Herron

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Mag.Phil. in Literature, History, Psychology and Pedagogics (University of Vienna 1985). University of Uppsala (1985-1986): Scandinavian literature with focus on women in literature from the Vikings until modern times. Founder and Owner of the language company Deutsch Exzellent (1990-). Has recently also been working with immigrants and long term unemployed people. With DIS since 2017.

Swedish Language and Culture Elisabeth Scharf

Elodie Cauvet

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Obtained her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, from Pierre & Marie Curie University in Paris (France). Her research interest started with language acquisition in infants leading to the study of the cerebral processing of language and music in adults. She became interested in neurodevelopmental disorders starting with developmental dyslexia then expending into autism spectrum disorders as well as ADHD. She is using techniques from psychology as well as neuroimaging in her research, this includes MRI (anatomical and functional) as well as EEG and eye tracking. She has been conducting her latest research at Karolinska Institutet Center for Neuro-developmental Disorders (KIND). Her interests include social cognitive skills, empathy and emotion processing within the whole spectrum of functioning from typicality till disorders such as ASD. She has been with DIS since 2016.

Emma Gerrits

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Bachelor of Science, Life Science and Technology, University of Groningen, 2016 Master of Science, Biology, University of Groningen, 2018 Ph.D., Molecular Neurobiology and Bioinformatics, University of Groningen, 2022 Ph.D. student, University Medical Center Groningen, 2018-2022 Postdoctoral researcher, Karolinska Institutet, 2022-present. With DIS since 2023

Emma Raask

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

M.A. Cultural Studies, Goldsmith’s University of London studying bodies, plasticity, plastic and queerness. Previous Sexual Educator (RFSU and Goldsmith’s student union). CEO at a small charity working for young peoples rights to live in a society free from sexual violence (Föreningen Tillsammans). With DIS Since 2020.

Fairouz Hussien

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

PhD student in Business Administration, Dept. of Marketing & Strategy, Stockholm School of Economics, and 2021 recipient of Outstanding Pedagogical Achievement Award. Her research is on regulatory disruptions as market-shaping forces, often situated in the context of the airline industry. Co-founder of the Methods Lab at SSE.  M.Sc. in Management & Organization (track: Strategy & Sustainability), Hanken School of Economics, and recipient of a Best Master’s Thesis Award by the Foundation for Economic Education for my thesis “A multiple case study on employee engagement and retention at startup companies”. B.Sc. in International Business (track: Marketing & Corporate Communication) from Haaga-Helia UAS. With DIS since 2022.

Faris Halteh

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Senior Software Engineer at Spotify, Stockholm, Sweden. Masters in Computer Science, Uppsala University, Sweden (2015). Has over 8 years of experience building iOS apps at several companies, including his current position at Spotify. Has also specialized in Human-Computer Interaction and Product Design. With DIS since 2023.

Francesco Nespoli

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. candidate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London. Research Scientist at Microsoft focusing on speech recognition and applications of large language models (2023-2024). Previous experience designing and patenting systems as Research Scientist at Nuance Communications UK (2021-2023) and programming event detection and object recognition as Programmer and Data Analyst at Aitek S.p.a. (2021). With DIS since 2024.

Georgios Sotiriou

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Associate Professor in Biomaterial Science, Karolinska Institutet (2020–⁠present). Ph.D. in Mechanical and Process Engineering, ETH Zurich (2011). Previous experience as Postdoctoral Researcher at the Center for Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology at Harvard University (2013–⁠2015). Research focus on nanoscale functional materials and devices for biomedical applications.

Gigja Isis Gudjonsdottir

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Fashion Design, Iceland Academy of the Arts, 2011. Fashion Design. Universität der Künste Berlin, 2010 - 2011 (Exchange semester). Technical Pattern Design – CLO3D course at Tillskärarakademin Malmö, Stockholms Tillskärarakademi, 2023. Diploma of Education, 3D-Modellering Blender, Yrgo, 2023 Diploma of Education. Freelance Fashion and 3D Design consultant working with various brands e.g. H&M, Divided, Creation Fields, Boob design, and & Other Stories, Sep 2019- present. H&M Product Designer at H&M Ladies Footwear department, Aug 2016 - Sep 2019. H&M Junior Footwear Designer at H&M Ladies Footwear department, Oct 2014 - Aug 2016 H&M Lingerie Design Assistant at H&M Ladies Fancy Underwear department, Jan 2012 - Oct 2014. Gigja Gudjonsdottir is an experienced fashion designer with a background at H&M and collaborations with various brands. She has designed a wide range of products, including shoes, handbags, belts, lingerie, and womenswear, demonstrating her versatile adaptability. With expertise in 3D modeling and Clo3d fashion design software, Gigja strives to merge her creative vision, innovative approaches, and commitment to sustainability, aiming to make meaningful contributions to the fashion industry. With DIS since 2023.

Greger Wahlstedt

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

MBA (Finance, Manchester Business School) and CEFA (Certified European Financial Analyst) from Stockholm School of Economics. Greger has been working for more than 30 years in the financial markets. He has a solid experience as head of large asset management units; 14 years as head of Handelsbanken's fixed income fund management and asset allocation, as well as heading the investment division at the swedish central bank (Riksbanken) in charge of the management of the gold and foreign exchange reserves. Originally, an economist, but he has also worked as quant analyst as well as senior sales in structured derivatives and Private Banking at Handelsbanken. He is an appreciated teacher in economics, bond markets and interest rate products, among other things. Since 2010 he is a subconsultant to Finanskompetens and educates Investment advisors in finance, financial markets and portfolio theory for the SwedSec license. Examples of such employees who need that licence can be investment advisors, brokers, managers, analysts, compliance officers, risk managers and management. Greger has been a member of the Credit Market group in The Swedish Society of Financial Analysts (SFF) for 20 years. With DIS Stockholm since 2017.

Hannaneh Yazdi

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. in Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet Stockholm-Sweden, 2020-2024 M.Sc. in Project Management, Northumbria University, Newcastle-United Kingdom, 2012 - 2013 M.Sc. in International Project Management, Chalmers University Gothenburg-Sweden, 2011 - 2013 B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering, Azad University, Tehran-Iran, 2005 - 2010 , PhD Candidate in Clinical Neuroscience / Karolinska Institutet / Stockholm, Sweden / July 2020 – Present Various positions in Research and Development ( Program Office Manager, Portfolio Office Manager, Strategy Analyst, and Clinical Neuroscience Researcher-Industrial PhD Candidate) / Volvo Cars / Gothenburg, Sweden / March 2015– March 2023 Guest Lecturer & Examiner in Project Psychology for International Project Management Master's Program / Chalmers University of Technology/ Gothenburg, Sweden / Sep 2017 – Dec 2017 Experienced in organizational culture and team development: Leader of Human Leaders Community / Volvo Cars / Gothenburg, Sweden / Aug 2021 – Dec 2022 Diversity & Inclusion Champion (initiator of cognitive diversity inside the organization) / Volvo Cars / Gothenburg, Sweden / Jan 2018 – Mar 2019 TEDxKI speaker (Taking a Spiral journey to Authentic Diversity) / Stockholm, Sweden / March 2022. With DIS since 2023.

Henrik Ahlenius

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

PhD, Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University. Visiting student research collaborator, Princeton University 2008. Lecturer, Karolinska Institutet since 2008. With DIS since 2017.

Public Health, Henrik Ahlenius

Iwo Nord

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Iwo Nord is a trans researcher and educator interested in transgender and queer lives and culture, nuances of agency and power, intersections of the transnational and the local, and questions concerning mobility (travel and migration). The past years he has been committed to building and strengthening Transgender Studies in both the Nordic region and in the former Yugoslav space. Devoted to social change for trans people, he is involved in trans academic and activist alliances, resulting in the forthcoming collaborative volume In Transition: Trans Lives, Activisms, and Culture in the Post-Yugoslav Space, edited by Bojan Bilić, Iwo Nord and Aleksa Milanović. He was one of the founding members of Trans Fest Stockholm, an activist collective that strives to create inclusive and empowering cultural and community events in the Swedish capital. Iwo is a PhD candidate in Gender Studies at Södertörn University, and is affiliated with the Center for Baltic and East European Studies. His doctoral project ethnographically explores Belgrade as a transnational destination for gender-affirming surgery. He holds an MA from the University of Oslo, Norway, and has formerly taught at the Institute of Scandinavian and Finnish Studies at the University of Gdansk, Poland. Iwo’s publications include “Routes to Gender-Affirming Surgery: Navigation and Negotiation in Times of Biomedicalization” in Body, Migration, Re/constructive Surgeries: Making the Gendered Body in a Globalized World, edited by Gabriele Griffin and Malin Jordal (Routledge 2018).  With DIS Since 2020.

Jad Shedrawy

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

A reseacher working within the fields of Health Economics, Migrant health, Health Policies and Infectious Diseases Control. Jad obtained his PhD at the Global Public Health department at Karolinska institutet which focused on health economics and Tuberculosis control. Msc in Health Economy, Policy and Management. Bs in Pharmacy. With DIS since 2019.

Jad

Jan Holmgaard

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Associate professor at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics at Stockholm University. PhD in Comparative Literature at Stockholm University. Visiting researcher at Oxford University and the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre at the University of Copenhagen. Most recent publication: Filosofen och vargen (The Philosopher and the Wolf) (2015), which deals with the intricate relationship between philosophy and literature, from Plato to Derrida. Current research project: Radical Mimesis: Writing the Other. With DIS since 2017.

Jan Mulder

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

PhD in molecular neurobiology (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 2005), MSc in biology (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 2000).  Senior researcher and group leader at Science for Life laboratory, department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute since 2010. Group leader of the brain profiling efforts within the Human Protein Atlas project since 2010. Research in identifying the cellular location of proteins linked to brain function and disease. With DIS since 2017.  

Johan Marklund

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Service management, Umeå University and Euromed - Ecole de commerce Marseille. Freelance photographer. With DIS since 2023.

John Madas

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

MD (University of Crete 2016). Research Assistant at the Center for Molecular Medicine (Solna University Hospital, Karolinska Institutet). With DIS since 2017.

John Rager

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Prof. Rager earned his Ph.D. from Northwestern University.  He is a full professor at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts where he has taught since 1988.  He has always been interested in languages, both human and computer.  His dissertation was in the field of symbolic natural language processing and subsequent to that his research has shifted to (among other things) natural language processing using machine learning.  He has also worked on applying Artificial Intelligence to teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. This work was motivated by the difficulties faced by English teachers in Moldova, where he was a Fulbright Scholar during the 2003-04 academic year. His teaching has often touched on language. For example, he has taught a seminar for first-year students called “Natural and Unnatural Languages.” The material in that course included “traditional” natural language processing as done in artificial intelligence, but also a discussion of rhetorical devices in Shakespeare, a reading of parts of Finnegan’s Wake and a discussion of language evolution.  He has also taught a course on Digital Textual Analysis. That course discussed the computer science (e.g. topic modeling, Naive Bayes classification) used in papers in digital humanities. The course included both Computer Science and Humanities students, who worked together in groups on projects.

Jonathan Geib

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. in Architecture, Chalmers University of Technology (2020). Research work on complexities of engagement with urban participatory processes involving public sector institutions and art and design practitioners. M.Sc. in Urbanism and Strategic Planning, KU Leuven (2013). M.Sc. in Human Settlements, KU Leuven (2010). B.Sc. in Architecture, University of Texas at Austin (2002). Currently writing a working paper on citizens’ assemblies and civic committees as Research Fellow at the International Youth Think Tank (2020–⁠present). With DIS since 2021. 

Joshua Juvrud

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. in Psychology (Uppsala University). As a research psychologist, his work has focused on the ways that novel techniques in research (eye-tracking, pupil dilation, virtual reality) can be used to assess how children and adults perceive and interpret people, emotions, and actions. Josh focuses this research in two fields. In developmental psychology at the Child and Babylab in Uppsala, he seeks to understand how children learn about their world and the social cognitive development of face perception and socialization processes such as gender, race, and ethnicity. In games research at the Games & Society Lab at the Department of Game Design in Visby, Gotland, his work examines the psychology of people, their actions, and emotions in game development, player engagement, learning, and immersion to understand better how different game players (with different personalities, traits, and experiences) interact with various game mechanisms and are, in turn, affected by game experiences. With DIS since 2020.

Kathryn Badarin

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

PhD, Medical Science, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, 2022. MSc, Global health, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, 2018. BSc, Occupational Therapy, Canterbury Christ Church University, United Kingdom, 2008. Kathy previously worked as an Occupational Therapist (OT) and Mental Health Practitioner (MHP). She currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at Karolinska Institutet. She joined DIS in 2024.

Kim Bergqvist

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

PhD Candidate in History, Department of History, Stockholm University. MA (2010) and BA (2008) Stockholm University. Teaches medieval history at Stockholm University since 2012. Visiting Scholar to Columbia University (2016), Cornell University (2014), and the University of Navarra, Pamplona (2012–13). Publications have appeared in The Medieval Chronicle and Collegium Medievale. Areas of specialization: medieval Scandinavia; medieval Iberia; comparative history; medieval literature, genre and fiction; political culture; gender history; the history of emotions. With DIS since 2018.

Lars-Erik Boström

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Specialist and educator in behavioral finance, financial consultant and portfolio manager for a Swedish foundation (Åhlén-stiftelsen). He is author of a book about behavioral finance; "Börsens Psykologi - så vinner du över dina hjärnspöken och gör bättre aktieaffärer" (Sterners förlag, 2015). Lars-Erik has long work experience (+25) in asset allocation, portfolio management and financial advisory from Handelsbanken Asset Management (www.handelsbanken.com) in Stockholm. Educator in behavioral finance and portfolio theory at Handelsbanken.  M.Sc of Economics and Business, Economic Analysis, Örebro University, Sweden. Certified Financial Analyst (CEFA), Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden. With DIS since 2020.  

Le Tong

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

PhD student, tumor immunology, Karolinska Institutet, 4th year. Masters student, Peking University, 2016-2019. With DIS since 2023.

Lena Norrman

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D., Older Germanic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, 2006. Senior Lecturer in Swedish in the department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch at the University of Minnesota since 2005. The role of women in medieval Scandinavia is the focus of Dr. Norrman’s research, with special emphasis on the use of weaving as a means of communication. She is the author of Viking Women: Narrative Roles in Woven Tapestries (2008). She has also published articles on women, storytelling and weaving in Viking Age Scandinavia and Classical Greece. With DIS from 2018.

Liv Egnell

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. in Biophysics, NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology (2021). M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (2014). B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (2014). B.Sc. in Engineering Physics, Chalmers University of Technology (2012). Currently coordinating clinical studies as Clinical Affairs Specialist at Getinge. Previous experience leading clinical operations in a Copenhagen-based medtech startup developing AI for radiology. With DIS since 2023.

Lucy McCarren

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. candidate, Department of Technology and Health, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (2023–⁠present). M.S. in Machine Learning, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (2023). B.S. in Mathematics, Dublin City University (2015). Research focus on socio-technical studies of Artificial Intelligence, in particular applications of conversational AI for elderly care. Previous experience processing and visualizing large datasets as Data Analyst at Nordnet Bank AB and developing statistical pricing models as BI Consultant at FD Technologies. With DIS since 2024.

Maria Carlsson

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

M.A. in Music, Royal College of Music, Stockholm, 2017. Professional Swedish singer, performing regularly in solo, band, and vocal group concerts. Vocal teacher and teacher in music and ensemble with 10+ years experience. With DIS since 2017.

María de la Paz Celorio

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. in Plant Biology, University of California, Davis (2008). Research Engineer and Analyst in population genetics/ecology at Stockholm University (2010–⁠present). Previous experience as a Postdoctoral Associate at Max Planck Institute of Chemical Ecology (2008–⁠2010). Has contributed to the understanding of gene-expression plasticity in butterflies and genetic differentiation of populations of wild fish using genome-wide data. Has taught courses and led practical laboratories on statistics, biotechnology, and population genetics for American and Swedish students. With DIS since 2021. 

Meiling Liu

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology (China University of Political Science and Law, 2010). Post Doctorate in Forensic Psychology (Gothenburg University, 2012). Worked as an organizational consultant in areas of leadership and cross-cultural competence training in Sweden. Also has worked as a teacher and researcher at universities in China, and was promoted to the position of associate professor in China. With DIS since 2016.

Meiling Liu, DIS Stockholm faculty

Melody Almroth

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Melody Almroth, Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Portland State University (2010), Master of Public Health from Umeå University (2014). 2015-present, doctoral student at the Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet with a research focus on academic expectations and adolescent mental health, dissertation defense scheduled for December 2019. With DIS since 2019.

Michael Ioannou

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

MA, Stockholm University, Transnational Creative Writing and Editing 2018 MA, Stockholm University, Advanced Teacher Degree, 2018 BA, Richmond University, Multicultural Communication and Media Studies,2004 English Professor, Jensen Education - Skolverket, 2016 - present Writer & Editor, Stockholm University - Jensen Education - Cyprus Mail 2006 - present With DIS since 2023.

Monica Siqueiros Sanchez

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Monica obtained her PhD in Medical Science, from Karolinska Institutet (KI; Sweden). A clinical psychologist by training, she became interested in neurodevelopmental disorders during her clinical practice. She then went on to do her MSc in Developmental Psychopathology at Durham University, followed by her PhD at KI where she combined eye tracking and twin modelling to investigate the relative contribution of genes and environment to autistic and ADHD traits, oculomotor behavior, and the association between them. She recently completed her postdoctoral training at Stanford University where she used a combination of neuroimaging modalities and psychological assessments to characterize the effects of rare genetic variation on brain morphology to better understand psychiatric disorders. Her interests include socio-communicative skills, attention, neurogenetic syndromes, neurodevelopmental disorders, and white matter. With DIS since 2023.

Natalia Landázuri Sáenz

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D., Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA (2005). Postdoctoral fellow, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA. Associate Professor Biomedicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Fulbright scholar (1999-2001). Research in genetic engineering, cell and gene delivery vehicles, mathematical modeling, bioengineering approaches for cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Has created, designed, implemented and evaluated courses at university level. Acted as Pedagogical Advisor, Development and Regeneration Doctoral Program, Karolinska Institutet. Has participated in national and international committees to evaluate and promote scientific and academic advancements. With DIS since 2017.

Nicholas Mitsios

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

BSc in Molecular Biology (Liverpool, 1998) and PhD in Molecular Biology of Ischemic Stroke (Manchester, 2005). Currently a researcher at the Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute and the Brain Profiling sub-unit of the Human Protein Atlas (HPA) project since 2011. Research focuses on the central nervous systems of mammals, with an emphasis on the identification of proteins involved in brain normal development and pathophysiology. With DIS since 2020.

Niklas Fürderer

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Senior Data Science Consultant at Crowd Collective (2023–⁠present). M.Sc. in Data Science, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (2018). M.Sc. in Data Science, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (2017). B.Sc. in International Management for Business and Information Technology, Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (2016). Previous experience developing predictive algorithms as Data Scientist / Product Data Analyst at Grace Health (2022–⁠2023) and building machine learning models for wearable technology as Machine Learning Engineer at Nectarine Health (2018–⁠2022). With DIS since 2024.

Ninna Mörner

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Master in Economic History and graduated Journalist (Stockholm University). Editor-in-chief for the scholarly journal Baltic Worlds at the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies at Södertörn University (since 2009) and the annual State of the Region Report (2020). A recognized expert in the anti-trafficking field nationally as well as internationally, involved for over a decade in numerous studies, projects, and reports on human trafficking. Formed the Swedish Platform Civil society Against Human Trafficking in 2013, which she chaired until 2018. With DIS since 2023.

Olaf Winter

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Phil. Mag. in Nordic Archaeology PhD in Archaeology from the Australian National University, College of Asia and the Pacific. Research focused on the very first colonisation of Remote Oceania (the Mariana Islands in particular) by tracing migration from Island Southeast Asia through pottery. Olaf has been teaching history for many years in compulsory school and is currently writer and editor in history at the digital educational tool Binogi.

Philip Little

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Medical Doctor, Karolinska Institutet Stockholm, 2016 Ph.D (doctor of medicine), Karolinska Institutet Stockholm, 2020 Resident in Medical Radiology, Karolinska University Hospital, 2020-, PhD student, Karolinska Institutet, 2013-2020 Medical Internship, Region Stockholm (previously SLL), 2016-2019 MD at Beroendeakuten Stockholm, Region Stockholm, 2014 - 2023 (not full time). With DIS since 2023

Polina Smiragina-Ingelström

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

PhD (2021, The University of Sydney), focusing on the gendered perspective on victimhood in the trafficking of men. MSc (2012, Gothenburg University), BA (2009, Moscow State University). Postdoctoral fellow in Criminology (Stockholm University). Polina’s research interests are within the disciplines of criminology and medical anthropology with a special focus on victimhood, gender, post-trafficking needs and help-seeking behavior. Before commencing her academic career Polina was a migrant counsellor and reintegration assistant at the UN Migration (IOM) mission in Russia. She was engaged in providing direct assistance to migrants in distress including victims of human trafficking and exploitation; and assistance in voluntary return and reintegration.  With DIS since 2016.

Sociology Polina Smiragina Ingelstöm

Rebecca (Reba) Howard

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Dr. Rebecca (Reba) Howard completed bachelors and doctoral degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Biology from Pomona College and the University of California, San Francisco in addition to a NIH-NIAAA post-doctoral fellowship at The University of Texas at Austin. Previously Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at Skidmore College. She has managed a team conducting biochemistry and electrophysiology experiments as well as molecular simulations to investigate the structure and function of ion channels at the Science for Life Laboratory in Stockholm since 2016. Howard’s recent work includes first-author publications in PNAS, Nature Communications, Cell Reports, etc., and invited talks at the Biophysical Society, International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism, TEDx, and other institutions. With DIS Stockholm since 2018.

Reshmi Ghosh

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Certification in Child Psychology, New Skills Academy UK, 2020. P.G Diploma Patents Law, NALSAR University of Law, 2010. Bachelor of Technology- Biotechnology, Amity University , 2007. Market Analyst and Business Development Manager at BioXcel Corporation, 2007-2009. Senior Sales Executive Life Science at Marcus Evans Scandinavia Limited, 2010-2013. Teacher at Internationella Engelska Skolan, 2015-2021. With DIS since 2023

Ridwanul Amin

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ridwan investigates the associations between migration status, social marginalisation and suicidal behaviour. He obtained his PhD and MSc in Public Health (Epidemiology) from Karolinska Institutet, Sweden in 2021 and 2016, respectively. Ridwan graduated as an MD from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2010. As a physician, he worked on projects aimed at improving child and adolescent health in Bangladesh during 2011-2014. With DIS since December 2021.  

Robert Örell

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Robert is a practitioner with two decades of professional experience with client work helping the re-integration of violent extremists. He held the position of director of Exit Sweden for over ten years and he was the director of Exit USA at Life After Hate between 2017 and 2020. Robert has held several positions in the European Commission’s Radicalization Awareness Network (RAN) since 2011. In recent years he has focused on capacity development, as well as designing and holding radicalisation prevention trainings around the world.

Robert Stasinski

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

BA in Art History and Political Science, Stockholm University, 2006. Project Manager Iaspis international Residency Program 2006-2010, Editor in Chief of NU-E The Nordic Art Review Magazine 2004-2006, Art Critic in Flash Art, KunstkritikkPaletten 2005-, Communications Manager and Editor SSE Art Initiative, Stockholm School of Economics 2016-, Course Manager Art Management/Curatorial Studies at Stockholm University 2018-. With DIS since 2019.

Staffan Bengtsson

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. in Aesthetics, Department of Philosophy, Uppsala University, 2004. Postdoctoral fellow at the School of Culture and Education, Södertörn University. Researcher at Swedish Academy and Department of Literature, Uppsala university, since 2011. Research focus: Swedish, German and French literature, Critical Thinking, Enlightenment and Romanticism. With DIS since 2020.

Steve Turner

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

M.A. in Political Sociology, Harvard University.  Extensive teaching experience in comparative politics, multiculturalism, globalization, welfare state policy and positive psychology. Works as a Leadership Consultant, bringing the lessons from modern psychology and neuroscience to the world of business. Also an avid squash player and kayaker. With DIS since 2016.

Terrorism and Security, Steve Turner

Susanna Z. Papp

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Susanna is a psychologist, lecturer, and trainer. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology (ELTE Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest). She has a decade of experience as a lecturer and over a thousand hour experience in holding skill development training in communication, conflict-management, and cultural competences. She is trained in mediation and restorative methods. With DIS since 2017.

Psychology, Susanna Papp

Vicky Cui

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (Mechanotransduction in tumor development and high-throughput drug screening, Department of Oncology-Pathology, Karolinska Institute, 2023). M.Sc. Experimental Biology and Medical Bioscience, Linköping University, 2017). M.D. (2014). Research Engineer, Chemical Biology Consortium Sweden, Sweden, 2022-present. With DIS since 2023.

Willem Pallard

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. candidate, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (2016–present). M.Sc. in Energy and Climate Engineering, National Institute of Applied Sciences Strasbourg (2013). Currently consulting on geoenergy, heat pumps, HVAC engineering, and energy systems at Bengt Dahlgren AB. Previous experience working on dehumidification systems in ice rinks. With DIS since 2024.