Steering and funding


The SciLifeLab national infrastructure is financed through grants from the Swedish government, including distinct funding for our Drug Discovery and Development platform. We also receive governmental funding through our host universities within the scope of Strategic Research Areas (SFO). In addition, SciLifeLab also benefits from funding for certain initiatives such as the efforts in combatting Covid-19 and the Data-Driven Life Science program, from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

Read more about the Swedish government’s efforts to strengthen life science:

SciLifeLab’s Proposal for the 2024 research bill
research and innovation bill 2020
SciLifeLab’s proposal for the 2020 Research bill

SciLifeLab management

Our center contains a broad range of disciplines in the life science field and the management comprises a scientific leadership to promote frontline national infrastructure services as well as a vibrant and interdisciplinary research environment at SciLifeLab.

The SciLifeLab Board

The SciLifeLab Board started its assignment during spring 2013, in accordance with directives from the Swedish government. The Board includes one representative each from the four host universities, three representatives from other Swedish universities, one representative from the industry, and is led by chairman Ylva Engström, appointed by the Swedish Government. The Board is responsible for the national infrastructure, the management and the communication of SciLifeLab.

  • Ylva Engström, Professor at the Department of Molecular Biosciences at Stockholm University and member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
  • Christoph Varenhorst, AstraZeneca, Government appointed Industry representative
  • Mikael Lindström, Professor, Vice-rector KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Mats Larhed, Professor, Vice-rector Uppsala University
  • Henrik Cederquist, Professor, Deputy Vice President for Science, Stockholm University
  • Martin Bergö, Professor, Vice President, Karolinska Institutet
  • Katrine Riklund, Professor, Pro-vice-chancellor, Umeå University
  • Carina Mallard, Professor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Gothenburg
  • Lena Eliasson, Professor, Vice Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Lund University
  • Gunilla Westergren-Thorsson, Professor, National SciLifeLab Committee Chair, Lund University, Co-opted member
  • Andreas Muranyi Scheutz, Region Uppsala (adjunct, GMS representative)

International Advisory Board

  • Sören Brunak, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Chair
  • Ruedi Aebersold, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • Jo Bury, VIB, Belgium
  • Sirpa Jalkanen, University of Turku, Finland
  • Janet Jansson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA
  • Iain Mattaj, Human Technopole Foundation, Italy
  • Svante Pääbo, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany
  • Kjetil Tasken, University of Oslo & Oslo University Hospital, Norway
  • Sarah Teichmann, EMBL-EBI & Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK

Management Group

Integration Directors

Operations Office

SciLifeLab and Wallenberg National Program for Data-Driven Life Science

Steering Group

  • Olli Kallioniemi, Program director and chair, Professor at Karolinska Institutet
  • Oliver Billker, Professor at Umeå University, Director MIMS
  • Matts Karlsson, Professor at Linköping University
  • Erik Kristiansson, Professor Chalmers/University of Gothenburg
  • Janne Lehtiö, Professor at Karolinska Institutet
  • Erik Lindahl, Professor at Stockholm University
  • Tuuli Lappalainen, Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Fredrik Ronquist, Professor at Museum of Natural History
  • Sara Hallin, Professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Gunilla Westergren-Thorsson, Professor at Lund University/WCMM, Chair of National SciLifeLab Committtee
  • Carolina Wählby, Professor at Uppsala University
  • Siv Andersson, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation representative

National reference group

  • Ann-Sofie Cans, Chalmers University of Technology (deputy: Ross King)
  • Anna Martling, Karolinska Institutet (deputy: Mattias Rantalainen)
  • Lukas Käll, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (deputy: Amelie Karlström)
  • Per Dannetun, Linköping University (deputy: Karin Wårdell)
  • Jonas Larsson, Lund University (deputy: Marianne Jansson)
  • Sebastian Kvist, NRM (Swedish Museum of Natural History) (deputy: Per Ericson)
  • Lena Mäler, Stockholm University (deputy: Marc Friedländer)
  • Per Ingvarsson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) (deputy: Göran Ståhl)
  • Mikael Elofsson, Umeå University (deputy: Johan Trygg)
  • Gustav Smith, University of Gothenburg (deputy: Sigrdi Beck)
  • Mats Larhed, Uppsala University (deputy: Staffan Svärd)
Read more about the dDLS program’s steering and organization

Boards and committees

National SciLifeLab Committee

  • Gunilla Westergren-Thorsson, chair, Lund Univ
  • Eva Hellström Lindberg, Karolinska Institutet
  • Cristina Al-Khalili Szigyarto, KTH
  • Sara Hallin, SLU
  • Tanja Slotte, Stockholm University
  • Tobias Sjöblom, Uppsala University
  • Anders Fridberger, Linköping University
  • Gustav Smith, University of Gothenburg
  • Richard Lundmark, Umeå University

SciLifeLab committees at host universities

SciLifeLab committee Karolinska Institutet
  • Urban Lendahl, Integration Director, Chair
  • Carsten Daub, Scientific Director
  • Kristina Broliden
  • Eva Hellström-Lindberg
  • Vicente Pelechano Garcia
  • Ola Larsson
  • Camilla Engblom, representing SciLifeLab Fellows
SciLifeLab committee KTH Royal Institute of Technology

SciLifeLab committee Stockholm University
  • Catarina Rydin, Chair
  • Christos Samakovlis
  • Tom Britton
  • Niclas Kolm
  • Erik Lindahl
  • Regina Lindborg
  • Lena Mäler
  • 2 representatives from the student organization
SciLifeLab committee Uppsala University
  • Eva Tiensuu Janson, Chair
  • Karin Forsberg Nilsson
  • Mathias Hallberg
  • Tove Fall
  • Peter Lindblad
  • Staffan Svärd
  • Carolina Wählby


  • Anna Rosling
  • Anna Dimberg
  • Stina Syvänen
  • Mikael Widersten
  • Kim von Hackwitz (Co-opted)
  • Jenny Alfredsson (Co-opted)
  • Aristidis Moustakas (Co-opted)
  • Bengt Persson (Co-opted)
  • Ola Spjuth (Co-opted)
  • Johan Rung (Co-opted)
  • Erika Erkstam (Co-opted)

Organization and management of infrastructure

Platforms and units

SciLifeLab offers advanced technologies, knowhow and support to researchers in Sweden. These technologies and services are provided by units, which each represent a certain area of expertise. The units are organized into platforms that represent areas of research where a combination of technologies is generally used. Each platform has a Platform Advisory Board responsible for the service offering, strategic decisions and priority management. You can read more about the steering of the national infrastructure in the document to the right (in Swedish and English).

SciLifeLab has ten national platforms, each offering technologies and services through one to eight units. Researchers from all over Sweden can apply for technologies and service using the national platforms. Pricing may differ between different units, but in general a cost-of-reagents pricing is used.

Each platform is managed by a Platform Director with a Vice Platform Director when applicable who take part in the Platform Advisory Board meetings.

Each unit is managed by a Platform Scientific Director and a Head of Unit. The Platform Scientific Director ensures the scientific leadership of the platform. The Head of Unit is responsible for the every day operation of the unit.

Last updated: 2024-07-01

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