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Tove Fall

Tove Fall Research Group

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Group members

Sari Peura to Dec 2016
Samira Salihovic from January 2017

PhD students
Mwenya Mubanga
Christoph Nowak
Markus Stenemo
Mona-Lisa Wernroth
Mikael Janiec

Project student
Charlotta Censin


We study the epidemiology of diabetes and diabetes-related phenotypes using a variety of tools ranging from the latest molecular analysis methods to traditional epidemiology. We analyze data from large population-based cohorts to find novel predictors and causes of diabetes. The group is multidisciplinary and highly international. We aim to publish highest-quality research and disseminate findings to the community.


I studied Veterinary Medicine at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden and did my PhD in Veterinary Medicine at the same university in 2009 with the title "Characterisation of diabetes mellitus in Dogs". I pursued my post-doctoral training at Dept of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Karolinska Institutet 2010-2012 in Genetic Epidemiology. I moved to Uppsala University in 2013 and qualified as an Associate Professor in Epidemiology the same year. My research programme emcompasses diabetes etiology and epidemiology in humans using large-scale omics analysis and traditional epidemiology tools. Currently my main focus is on the metabolomic and proteomic fingerprint of insulin sensitivity and the genetic epidemiology of diabetic heart disease but I am also interested in how dog-ownership affects human health. Over the coming years, I will also study how the human oral and gut microbiome is modified and what effects can be seen on human health.


I am the main supervisor for doctoral students Mwenya Mubanga, Chris Nowak, Lisa Wernroth and Mikael Janiec and assistant supervisor to doctoral students Markus Stenemo, Adam Mitchell and Prasad Kamble at Uppsala University and Malin Öhlund at SLU. I am the former assistant supervisor of PhD Emma Strage, SLU and Senthil Vasan, KI. I am the mentor for postdocs Sari Peura and Samira Salihovic.


'2017-05-23 Chris defended his thesis today! Dr Rachel Freathy from University of Exeter, was the faculty opponent. They had a very good discussion around the thesis and we are all very proud of Chris today!
Chris with supervisors (Erik in Stanford), opponent and committee

2017-05-02 Lisa's first paper out in JAMA Pediatrics: http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/fullarticle/2624339, on dog exposure and risk of type 1 diabetes!
2017-04-28 Chris nailed his thesis "Insulin Resistance: Causes, biomarkers and consequences", which will be defended May 22nd http://uu.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A1081351&dswid=-4210
2017-04-26 New obesity genetics review in Gastroenterology: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016508517301567
2016-12-19 Sari has got awarded a FORMAS Future Reserach Leader grant! Congrats Sari!!! Sari will unfortunately leave us in January - she has got a SciLIfe Fellow position at SLU to form her own group - we are sad but proud to know you!
2016-12-02 Lisa Wernroth won a shared first prize for her poster on Dog and Farm animal exposure and type 1 diabetes at the IMV Department Day! Congrats Lisa!!!

2016-10-30 Christoph Nowak co-organized and moderated two sessions at the 2016 American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Meeting in Vancouver in his role on the ASHG Training & Development Committee
ASHG 2016 Academic Careers Panel with Angie Brooks-Wilson, Euan Ashley, Michael Wilson & Loyal Goff

2016-10-21 Our paper in PLOS Genetics on the plasma metabolomics of insulin resistance and impaired insulin secretion in large indepedent cohorts showing evidence of a causal effect of insulin resistance on oleate and palmitoleate levels is now published for open access: http://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/article?id=10.1371/journal.pgen.1006379
2016-09-13 New paper published in Nature Genetics where we contributed to the analysis. The article describes a study of the genetic architecture of blood pressure and identifies many new loci. Read the article here: http://rdcu.be/kh0g
2016-08-23 New paper published in JACC by Tove (shared first author) in collaboration with researchers in the Netherlands and in the US on the potential causal association of Cystatic C and CVD. Yielded both a written editorial and an audio editorial. http://content.onlinejacc.org/article.aspx?articleid=2545606
2016-08-10 New paper published in Diabetologia by Tove, Chris, Samira and others - read article here http://rdcu.be/keKG
2016-06-01 Silvia Vicenzi will work with us for three months extracting DNA from saliva microbiome - welcome Silvia!
2016-06-20 New post-doc Sari Peura will start in our group in August and work on microbiome studies - welcome Sari!
For older news see: http://www.ingelsson.org/wiki/index.php?title=News

More information

CV and Publication list 
Grant Support
Group photo