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About Erik's research

I am trying to understand the biology behind severe mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. We do this by studying patient cells (induced pluripotent stem cells) that we use to grow mini brains, as well as stem cells that we genetically modify to investigate their effects on neural development. Over the past 10–20 years, we have gained more information about the risk genes that underlie these diseases, but we do not know how they affect the brain and contribute to the onset of the illness.

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In brief

Born: 1985
Interests: I have been an avid reader since childhood and enjoy novels and non-fiction books. I also spend time with my two children and enjoy sailing in the summer. Otherwise, work is a big interest for me.
Other: I started my career studying technical physics at KTH but became interested in the brain and continued studying medicine.

I want to strengthen the possibilities for younger researchers to develop, especially those who also work clinically within healthcare. Fewer and fewer doctors are doing research, and within healthcare, there is an increasing focus on productivity and less on research and securing future treatments.

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