Karin Broberg

ProfessorFormer name: Karin Broberg


My research focuses on how the genetic background affects our susceptibility to the environment. It has long been known that we react differently to chemicals in the environment: some individuals develop disease very quickly while others stay healthy throughout life. Still, we have limited knowledge about what causes this individual susceptibility and probably differences in the genome role play a major role. I have mainly investigated susceptibility to metals - arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury - and my research has taken me to different parts of the world. For example, in studies from the Seychelles, we have identified genes that affect how much mercury we accumulate in the body. I also perform research on how chemicals in the environment, especially at workplaces, can damage the genome. The goal is to find biomarkers that predict the risk of developing disease. For example, we have shown that the working environment of welders and chimney sweeps, can lead to changes in the body similar to those in the development of lung cancer and myocardial infarction.


Recent research outputs

Marie C Conway, Emeir M McSorley, Maria S Mulhern, Toni Spence, Maria Weslowska, J J Strain, Edwin van Wijngaarden, Phil W Davidson, Gary J Myers, Karin E Wahlberg, Conrad F Shamlaye, Diego F Cobice, Barry W Hyland, Daniela Pineda, Karin Broberg & Alison J Yeates, 2021 Feb 2, In: British Journal of Nutrition. 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

J. J. Strain, Tanzy M. Love, Alison J. Yeates, Daniel Weller, Maria S. Mulhern, Emeir M. McSorley, Sally W. Thurston, Gene E. Watson, Daniel Mruzek, Karin Broberg, Matthew D. Rand, Juliette Henderson, Conrad F. Shamlaye, Gary J. Myers, Philip W. Davidson & Edwin van Wijngaarden, 2021, In: The American journal of clinical nutrition. 113, 2, p. 304-313 10 p.

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Emelie Rietz Liljedahl, Gunnar Johanson, Helena Korres de Paula, Moosa Faniband, Eva Assarsson, Margareta Littorin, Malin Engfeldt, Carola Lidén, Anneli Julander, Karin Wahlberg, Christian Lindh & Karin Broberg, 2021, In: Environmental Health Perspectives. 129, 1, p. 1-10 10 p., 017002.

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