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Anais Lozolo, PhD Associated:


I started my PhD at the Clinical Neuroscience department, Karolinska Institute, in December 2011, after completing a MSc in Brain and Mind Sciences at University College London, United Kingdom, followed by a MSc in Neuroscience and Integrative Physiology at Pierre and Marie Curie University and Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris, France. My PhD research work focuses on brain mechanisms involved in the subjective experience of reality and the role of dopamine in those processes. I am particularly interested in expectations and their influence on perceptions, experience of reality in psychosis-related states (including schizophrenia), metacognition, and self-recognition. I am currently conducting neuroimaging (fMRI), behavioural and psychophysiological experiments. In addition, my research interests also lie in social cognition in general, the notion of consciousness, interactions between conscious and subconscious processes, decision making, neuroeconomics and game theory.


Frida bayard, (Predrag Petrovic is co-supervor):


I'm interested in child and adolescent psychiatry and in trying to understand how psychiatric illness arises early in life. How can we better understand the underlying mechanisms in the brain that cause disability in young people? And through understanding the mechanisms better; how can we use that knowledge to interfere early in order to decrease the level of disability later in life? The focus for my PhD studies is young patients showing emotional instability and difficulties in emotion regulation. I'm also interested in the reward system in the brain and how dysfunction therein is associated to child and adolescent depression.

Katarina Howner, Post-Doc:


I'm a psychiatrist and a resident in forensic psychiatry. My main research area is emotional processing in mentally disordered offenders using fMRI. I'm also interested in the construct of psychopathy and the relation between neurobiological, genetic and behavioral aspects of psychopathy. Also the relation between possible subgroups within psychopathy and different degrees of impulsivity. My post doc project aims to investigate empathic response and emotional regulation in violent offenders with lack of empathy and different degrees of psychopathic traits. This project will be using subjects recruited from the Prison and Probation office.

Orestis Floros (MD), PhD-student:


I’ m specialist in Psychiatry, currently employed at the ADHD Unit Sankt Görans Hospital, Stockholm. I received my Medical Degree at the University of Bologna (Italy) and I did my residency at the Karolinska University Hospital.

I am interested in emotion regulation and executive functions and I’m investigating Neuropsychiatric Disorders using computerized neuropsychological tests and neuroimaging techniques (fMRI,MRI).

I'm a post-graduate student at the Karolinska Research School - that offers general science courses and teaches clinically oriented methodologies - for my upcoming PhD education.

Torbjörn Vestberg, PhD-student:



Karl sallin (MD), PhD-student (Predrag Petrovic is co-supervisor):


My research focus is human consciousness and in particular its neurobiological correlates as well as related philosophical issues including the limits of empirical science. For my PhD project, I study levels of consciuosness and neurobiological mechanisms in traumatised non-responsive children and adolescents generally referred to as 'apathetic refugee children'. Interestingly these patients appear exclusively in Sweden and the prevalence, at times exhibiting epidemic magnitudes, remains unexplained. I hold a degree in philosophy from the University of Cambridge and I am at present a paediatric resident at Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital. My research affiliations are the Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB), Uppsala University and the Department of Women's and Children's Health, Karolinska Institute.


Martin Ingvar, Professor:


Barbro and Bernard Osher Professor of Integrative Medicine
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine vid Karolinska Institutet
Föreståndare MR Centrum och MEG Centrum.




Andreas Olsson, Senior Researcher:



John Axelsson, Associate Professor:


John Axelsson is an associate professor at Karolinska Institutet where he leads a research group in the interdisciplinary field of sleep, cognition and health. With his research he aims to increase the knowledge and awareness of how sleep and sickness in the rapidly developing 24 hour society affects immune functioning and cognitive processes. An important aim is to create testable models and translate fundamental insights into applications that can improve sleep and daytime functioning. The research questions he finds most intriguing include: How do we adapt to long-term sleep loss? Is insufficient sleep detrimental for our ability to functioning in the social world? Can more sleep speed up recovery when we are sick? How fast does the brain wake up from sleep?

Simon Cervenka, MD, PhD, Senior Researcher



Karin Jensen, Senior Reseracher:




Mats Lekander, Professor



Gustav Nilsonne, MD, Post-Doc:


Gustav Nilsonne earned his MD and his PhD at Karolinska Institutet. He has since been working in the field of brain imaging, investigating emotional processes, sleep, and the relationship between brain activity and peripheral physiological signalling processes.




Chritoph Abé, PhD:


Mikael Landén, MD, PhD, Professor:


Lars Tigerström, MD, PhD:




Carl Johan Ekman, MD, PhD


Finished his PhD October 2016 ("Structural magnetic resonance imaging of bipolar disorder"). Main Supervisor: Mikael Landén. Co-supervisor: Predrag Petrovic and Martin Ingvar.


Andreas Kalckert, PhD, PostDoc 


Finished his PhD March 2014 ("Moving a rubber hand: the sense of ownership and agency in bodily self-recognition"). Main Supervisor: Henrik Ehrsson. Co-supervisor: Predrag Petrovic. Now at University of Reading Malaysia.


Christofer Berger, PhD


Finished his PhD June 2016 ("Where imagination meets sensation: mental imagery, perception and multisensory Integration"). Main Supervisor: Henrik Ehrsson. Co-supervisor: Predrag Petrovic. 


Jan Haaker, PostDoc


PostDoc at Karolinska Institutet (Andreas Olsson Lab) / University Medical Center Hamburg - Eppendorf.

Lofti Khemiri, PhD Student

PhD student at Karolinska Institutet , Department of Clinical Neuroscience. Main Supervisor: Johan Franck. Co-supervisor: Predrag Petrovic and Nitya Jayaram-Lindström.

Joar Guterstam, PhD Student

PhD student at Karolinska Institutet , Department of Clinical Neuroscience. Main Supervisor: Johan Franck. Co-supervisor: Nitya Jayaram-Lindström.

Karin Lodin, PhD Student

PhD student at Karolinska Institutet , Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society - NVS. Main Supervisor: Anna Nixon Andreasson. Co-supervisor: Predrag Petrovic and Mats Lekander.

Karl Sallin, PhD Student

PhD student at Upplala University, Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB). Main Supervisor: Kathinka Evers. Co-supervisor: Predrag Petrovic. See above.

Granville Matheson, PhD Student

PhD student at Karolinska Institutet, Department of Clinical Neuroscience. Main Supervisor: Simon Cervenka. Co-supervisor: Predrag Petrovic.

Sandra Tamm, PhD Student

PhD student at Karolinska Institutet, Department of Clinical Neuroscience. Main Supervisor: Mats Lekander. Co-supervisor: Predrag Petrovic, Torbjörn Åkerstedt and Gustav Nilsonne.

Claus Lamm, Professor


Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Unit, Department of Basic Psychological Research and Research Methods, University of Vienna, Austria.


This research collaboration with Prof Claus Lamm, at University of Vienna, focuses on how empathy related processes in the brain interact with placebo and expectations. We have so far published an article in 2015 on this topic (Rütgen et al PNAS 2015). 


Mathias Pessiglione, Professor 


 Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière (ICM), Paris, France


In this collaboration we implemet reward learning paradigms in order to understand psychoses related states and the relation to the underlying dopamine sytsem.


Philipp Sterzer, MD, PhD, Professor


Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Charité Campus Mitte, Berlin, Germany; Tyskland (


The collaboration focuses on how psychosis is shaped in the human brain in relation to the expectation system using perceptualt stimuli. Three publications have been published in the collaboration (1. Sterzer P, Frith C, Petrovic P., Current Biology 2008; 2. Schmack et al Journal of Neuroscience 2013; 3. Schmack et al Frontiers in Neuroscience 2015).


Ted Kaptchuk, Professor


Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.


In this collaboration with Ted Kaptchuk and Karin Jensen we try to understand the importance of non-specific placebo effects in treaters like medical doctors. We study whether they impact the placebo effect in the treated individuals and the underlying processes mediating this effect. We have so far generated on study (Jensen et al Molecular Psychiatry 2014).

Morten Kringelbach, Professor


Oxford University, UK / Århus University, Denmark.


In this collaboration with Morten Kringelbach we try to understand the relation between whole brain connectivity (connectimics) and psychiatric states. 







Katarina Gospic, MD, PhD


Finished her PhD November 2011 ("Neural mechanisms of emotional regulation and decision making"). Main Supervisor: Martin Ingvar. Co-supervisor: Predrag Petrovic.

Charlott Nymberg, Post-Doc:


PostDoc 2015/2016. Main PI: Predrag Petrovic




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