PEOPLE

GROUP LEADER

KIRSTY SPALDING

Originally from Australia, I completed my PhD in the field of neuroscience at the University of Western Australia. This was followed by postdoctoral studies at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, where I switched from studying neuronal cell death to neuronal birth. During the later stages of my postdoctoral period I started a side project looking at fat cell turnover in human adipose tissue. This project developed in to several more projects and now the major interest of my research group is fat and the healthy and pathological function of mature human fat cells.

Contact: kirsty.spalding@ki.se

LABORATORY ENGINEER & MANAGER

LENA APPELSVED

I have a Bachelor of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at KI. I have been working in the Spalding group as a lab manager since 2012. Between 1993 and 2012 I was working as a research scientist at AstraZeneca R&D, CNS and Pain. I have 3 years experience at a Clinical Immunology lab at Huddinge hospital as a laboratory technician. I have many administrative tasks in the group, but also contribute to various scientific project.


Contact: lena.appelsved@ki.se

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

ANDREA MOSQUEDA SOLIS

I completed my PhD in Nutrigenomics and Personalized Nutrition. The aim of my postdoctoral fellowship is to understand whether adipose tissue consist of subsets of adipocytes with different functions, potentially coming from different origins. My project investigates the heterogeneity of human adipocytes.

Contact: andrea.mosqueda.solis@ki.se

PhD STUDENTS

NIELS KRÄMER

After completing a master’s degree in medical epigenomics at the Radboud University, I am currently working as a doctoral student in Kirsty’s group. Here I study the browning potential of mature white adipocytes using fluorescence microscopy, qPCR and other techniques from molecular biology.

Contact: niels.kramer@ki.se

BENJAMIN DEDIC

After two years of delving into stem cell-derived pancreatic cells as an Institutional Fellow at Harvard University, my focus has shifted to insulin signaling in adipose tissue.

Contact: benjamin.dedic@ki.se

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

LEO WESTERBERG

I have a master’s degree in molecular biology from Stockholm university and am currently working as a research assistant in Kirsty Spalding’s group. I previously did my thesis project here wherein I tried to understand why adipocytes in the omental depot have lower levels of senescence than adipocytes in the subcutaneous depot, within the same individual. Now I work as a research assistant, assisting in different projects.

Contact: leo.westerberg@ki.se

STUDENTS

Janina Funk

I am studying a Bachelor’s program in Biomedical Sciences in Germany and am currently part of this group for an internship. During my stay I am gaining first insights into medical research and can deepen my interest in the molecular and cellular mechanism behind diseases.