Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Manchester, United Kingdom (2014). Associate Professor in Health Systems Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems, KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), Stockholm, Sweden. Research focus on modelling and simulation of systems and processes related to healthcare, health services, pharmaceutical development, and precision dosing. With DIS since 2021.
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Developer at Funnel AB, Stockholm, Sweden. Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), Stockholm (2020). Bachelor of Commerce, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (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.
MSc./graduate engineer, Energy and Environmental Engineering, FH Pinkafeld, 2012 and MSc. Environmental System Science with focus on Business Administration, University of Graz, 2013 Senior Sustainability Specialist, Sandvik Coromant, 2022-present. Director Subject Matter Expert Sustainability, Prime Weber Shandwick, 2022. Nordic Sustainabilty & Corporate Affairs Manager, Samsung Electronics, 2017-2022. Senior Consultant for Climate Change & Sustainability Services, EY, 2013-2016. With DIS since 2023
Head of software at Gapminder Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden. M.Sc. in Human Computer Interaction with minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), Sweden and Aalto, Finland (2014). M.Eng. Industrial Automation and Control Systems, URFU, Russia (2011). Responsible for software efforts of gapminder.org/tools, and for developing interactive data pictures. d3.js data graphics developer. Has built data-intense visualizations for oil platform safety monitoring (ABB Research, Sweden), user interfaces for online payment aggregator (Robokassa, Russia), control systems and operator user interfaces for ore processing factory (Realtime Software, Russia). With DIS since 2022.
Ph.D. Candidate, Tumor Immunology, Karolinska Institute and Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, 2019-2023 B.Sc, Biological Science, Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, 2019. Teaching Assistant, Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, 2020-2021. With DIS since 2023.
Photojournalism Nordens Fotoskola 2000-2002, Stockholm International Art School 1999-2000 Freelance photographer since 2013, Director of Photography since 2018, staff photographer at Sydsvenskan 2005-2013, Dagens Nyheter 2004-2005, Göteborgs-Posten 2003, Aftonbladet 2002 With DIS since 2023.
Ph.D. student, Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Sciences and Engineering (SEED), KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), Stockholm, Sweden (2018-present). Licentiate, Industrial Ecology, KTH (2021). MSc, Sustainable Technology, KTH (2018). MSc, Sustainable Waste Management, School of Civil Engineering, Leeds University, UK (2006). BSc, Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (2005). Environmental researcher, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2008-2009). Physics tutor, Epikentro tuition centre (2008-2012). Physics Tutor and co-owner, Aristeia tuition centre (2012-2016). With DIS since 2021.
Ph.D., Medical Science, Karolinska Institutet, 2021. With DIS since 2022.
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.
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.
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.
BSc., Pharmacology, University of Glasgow, 2019. Research Assistant, Neurobiology Research Unit - Rigshospitalet, 2020-2022. Ph.D fellow, Neurobiology Research Unit - Rigshospitalet, 2022-2025. With DIS since 2023.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Associate Professor in Biomaterial Science, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden (2020-present). Ph.D., Mechanical and Process Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (2011). Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for nanotechnology and nanotoxicology, Harvard University, USA (2013-2015). Research focus on nanoscale functional materials and devices for biomedical applications.
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.
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 brings together a multidisciplinary background encompassing the domains of human behavior, management, and engineering. She currently pursues a Ph.D. in Psychology and Affective Clinical Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institutet, primarily focusing on unraveling the mechanisms and triggers of frustration in human behavior. Additionally, she holds a dual master's degree in project management from Sweden and the United Kingdom, together with an educational background in Industrial Engineering. With over eight years of experience within Volvo Cars, Hannaneh has held various roles within the Research and Development organization. Besides, she has been an advocate for cognitive diversity as a Diversity and Inclusion champion during her career life. She had a TEDxKI speech, where she shared insights on authenticity and diversity, adding a distinctive dimension to her professional journey. Since the spring of 2023, Hannaneh has been an integral member of the DIS faculty, contributing as a lecturer in the Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience Program throughout the semester and summer.
PhD, Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University. Visiting student research collaborator, Princeton University 2008. Lecturer, Karolinska Institutet since 2008. With DIS since 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PhD, clinical neuroscience (RWTH Aachen University in Germany) and MSc, Neuro-cognitive Psychology (LMU Munich). Dr. Seubert is a cognitive neuroscientist with a background in functional neuroimaging of perception and emotion in healthy populations and patients with psychiatric illness in the Psychology Division at Karolinska Institute (KI). Before joining KI in 2014, she worked at the Monell Chemical Senses Center and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA, where she began to study cortical integration of smell and taste during food perception. In her current role in the Clinical Neuroscience Department at KI, Janina leads a research team within the Perceptual Neuroscience Lab that conducts experimental work on food perception. In addition, she collaborates with the Aging Research Center where she investigates the role of olfactory decline on health in the elderly using longitudinal population data, and the Center for Eating Disorder Innovation where she studies the processing of olfactory reward in anorexia nervosa and binge eating disorder. With DIS Since 2021.
Service management, Umeå University and Euromed - Ecole de commerce Marseille. Freelance photographer. With DIS since 2023.
MD (University of Crete 2016). Research Assistant at the Center for Molecular Medicine (Solna University Hospital, Karolinska Institutet). With DIS since 2017.
Ph.D., Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden (2020). Research work on complexities of engagement with urban participatory processes involving public sector institutions and art and design practitioners. MSc, KU Leuven, Belgium (2013) in Urbanism and Strategic Planning. MSc, KU Leuven, in Human Settlements (2010). BSc in Architecture, University of Texas at Austin, USA (2002). Research Fellow at the International Youth Think Tank, Gothenburg, Sweden (2020–present). Motivated by pluralistic approaches to research and design practice, criticality, and creativity. With DIS since 2021.
BSc, Industrial Design Engineering and Product Development, University of Zaragoza, 2016 MSc, Medialogy, Aalborg University, 2019. Level Designer, Tactile Games, 2019-2020 Producer & Game Designer, Tactile Games, 2020 - 2021, Co-founder & Managing Director, Pine Creek Games, 2021 - 2023. With DIS since 2023.
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.
Julio Hernando is a postdoctoral researcher at the Unit of Occupational Medicine at the Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM) at Karolinska Institutet. He received a Bachelor’s in Economics in 2010, a Master’s in Public Health in 2016 and a PhD in Biomedicine with a specialisation in Public Health and occupational health from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in 2020. His research interests are social epidemiology, occupational health, and social and health inequalities. His current research focuses on precarious employment and sickness absence and trajectories of exit from the labour market using register-based data and applying life course methods. With DIS since 2023
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, PhD in Electrical Engineering, 2020 CEO DTR1tech AB, Researcher KTH Royal Institute of Technology. With DIS since 2023
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.
Specialist and educator in behavioral finance and senior advisor at Council Advisory Services Europe AB. He is author of a Swedish book about behavioral finance; "Börsens Psykologi - så vinner du över dina hjärnspöken och gör bättre aktieaffärer" (Sterners förlag, 2015). Long work experience (+20) 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.
PhD student, tumor immunology, Karolinska Institutet, 4th year. Masters student, Peking University, 2016-2019. With DIS since 2023.
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.
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.
Ph.D., University of California, Davis, USA (2008). Postdoctoral researcher at Max Planck Institute of Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany (2008-2010), and at Stockholm University, Sweden. Researcher and Research Analyst at Stockholm University. 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.
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.
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.
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.
PhD, Medical Science, Karolinska Institute, 2020. Postdoctoral scholar, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford University, 2023. MSc, Neurodevelopmental Psychopathology, Durham University, 2014. Lic. Psychology, Universidad de Monterrey, 2010. Postdoctoral scholar, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford University, 2021-2023. Postdoctoral scholar, Karolinska Institute, 2020. Part time faculty, DIS Study Abroad Scandinavia, 2019-2020. Behavioral therapist, Centro de Entrenamiento Psicologico Infantil, 2012-2015. School psychologist, Instituto Mar de Cortes, 2012-2013. With DIS since 2023
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.
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.
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.
M.D. (La Salle University, Mexico City, 2019). M. Sc. Nutrition Science (Karolinska Universitet, 2021). Previous employment at the Military Central Hospital in Mexico City (2019-2020). With DIS since 2021.
MSc in Engineering Physics, Uppsala University BA in social sciences with Business as main field, Uppsala University Exchange studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Consultant and manager, Netlight Consulting, 2016-present As a consultant, I work for a range of different clients. The following list is not exhaustive: Data analyst, client within music streaming, 2017-2018 Data & machine learning engineer, client within fintech, 2019-2020 Accountable lead for an AI team of 8 people, client within fintech, 2020-2020 teacher of data engineering and machine learning, client providing accelerated learning programs, 2021-2021 lead data engineer and architect, client within the real estate industry, 2021-2022 machine learning engineer, client within healthcare, 2023-present With DIS since 2022
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
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.
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.
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
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 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.
BA in Art History and Political Science, Stockholm University, 2006. Project Manager international Residency Program 2006-2010, Editor in Chief of NU-E Nordic Art Review Magazine 2004-2006, Art Critic in Flash Art, , 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.
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.
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.
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.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, Linköping University (2022-present). Ph.D., Bioinformatics, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (2018). Postdoctoral Researcher, ScilifeLab, KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), Stockholm, Sweden (2018-2021). BEng, Biomedical Engineering, College of Life Science and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China (2013). Research focus on integration of multi-omics, interplay between genetics and phenotypes, and development of data-driven strategies/tools for precision medicine. With DIS since 2022.