Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology

Organisational unit: Research group

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Endocrinology and Diabetes
  • Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Medical Genetics
  • Cell and Molecular Biology


  • Genomics, epidemiology, Type 2 diabetes


Unhealthful lifestyles underpin much of the burden of cardiometabolic disease affecting contemporary societies. Our overarching objective is to discover and optimise measurable biomarkers that can be used to stratify patient populations into subgroups that can be treated more effectively with targeted lifestyle therapies, at lesser cost and with fewer adverse events than conventional approaches allow. There are three integrated components to my research programme: 1.Epidemiology - observational studies 2.Functional genomics - ex vivo experiments 3.Randomized controlled trials - lifestyle intervention studies The tailoring of such therapies will, it is hoped, improve treatment effectiveness, reduce costs and unnecessary side effects, and improve patient adherence.

Recent research outputs

Shungin, D., Haworth, S., Divaris, K., Agler, C. S., Kamatani, Y., Keun Lee, M., Grinde, K., Hindy, G., Alaraudanjoki, V., Pesonen, P., Teumer, A., Holtfreter, B., Sakaue, S., Hirata, J., Yu, Y. H., Ridker, P. M., Giulianini, F., Chasman, D. I., Magnusson, P. K. E., Sudo, T. & 18 othersOkada, Y., Völker, U., Kocher, T., Anttonen, V., Laitala, M. L., Marju Orho-Melander, Sofer, T., Shaffer, J. R., Vieira, A., Marazita, M. L., Kubo, M., Furuichi, Y., North, K. E., Offenbacher, S., Ingelsson, E., Paul W. Franks, Timpson, N. J. & Johansson, I., 2019 Jun 24, In : Nature Communications. 10, 1, 2773.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Njølstad, P. R., Andreassen, O. A., Brunak, S., Børglum, A. D., Dillner, J., Esko, T., Franks, P. W., Freimer, N., Groop, L., Heimer, H., Hougaard, D. M., Hovig, E., Hveem, K., Jalanko, A., Kaprio, J., Knudsen, G. P., Melbye, M., Metspalu, A., Mortensen, P. B., Palmgren, J. & 11 othersPalotie, A., Reed, W., Stefánsson, H., Stitziel, N. O., Sullivan, P. F., Thorsteinsdóttir, U., Vaudel, M., Vuorio, E., Werge, T., Stoltenberg, C. & Stefánsson, K., 2019 Apr 15, In : Nature Genetics.

Research output: Contribution to journalDebate/Note/Editorial

Anna Johnsson, Per Broberg, Krüger, U., Anders Johnsson, Åsa Tornberg & Håkan Olsson, 2019 Mar 21, In : European Journal of Cancer Care. e13037.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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