Management and organization

Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) is hosted by four universities in Stockholm and Uppsala; Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University and Uppsala University, and has, as a national effort, activities within many of the Swedish Universities. At the two nodes in Stockholm and Uppsala, together with our associated members, approximately 1 200 people work to develop and provide technologies and expertise in the national infrastructure and to carry out research in these areas.



The center contains a broad range of disciplines in the life science field and the Management team comprises a scientific leadership to promote a vibrant and interdisciplinary research environment at SciLifeLab.

Management Group

  • Olli Kallioniemi, (Karolinska Institutet), Director
  • Lena Claesson-Welsh (Uppsala University), Co-Director
  • Annika Jenmalm Jensen (Karolinska Institutet), Infrastructure Director
  • Lars Engstrand (Karolinska Institutet), Scientific Director
  • Ulf Gyllensten (Uppsala University), Scientific Director
  • Mats Nilsson (Stockholm University), Scientific Director
  • Peter Nilsson (KTH Royal Institute of Technology), Scientific Director 

Integration Directors

  • Ylva Engström (Stockholm University)
  • Stefan Eriksson (Karolinska Institutet)
  • Mats Larhed (Uppsala University)
  • Mathias Uhlén (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

Operations Office

  • Fredrik Sterky, Head of Operations
  • Eva Molin, Vice Head of Operations



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 Carl-Henrik Heldin, appointed by the Swedish Government. The Board is responsible for the national infrastructure, the management and the communication of SciLifeLab.

Board members

  • Carl-Henrik Heldin, Government appointed Chair, Director of the Ludwig Institute in Uppsala, Professor in Molecular Cell Biology at Uppsala University and chair of the Board of the Nobel Foundation
  • Margareta Olsson Birgersson, Government appointed Industry representative, Medical Director, Roche Sweden
  • Sophia Hober, Dean of Faculty, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Stellan Sandler, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Uppsala University
  • Anders Karlhede, Dean Faculty of Science, Stockholm University
  • Henrik Grönberg, Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Karolinska Institutet
  • Staffan Edén, Vice-Chancellor responsible for issues regarding Research, University of Gothenburg
  • Gunilla Westergren-Thorsson, Dean of Faculty of Medicine, Lund University
  • Marianne Sommarin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Umeå University

Members of the International Advisory Board

  • Bertil Andersson, Chair (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Sören Brunak (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
  • Jan Ellenberg (EMBL Heidelberg, Germany)
  • Yoshihide Hayashizaki (RIKEN Omics Science Center, Japan)
  • Sirpa Jalkanen (University of Turku, Finland)
  • Janet Jansson (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
  • Jonathan Knowles (University of Basel, FIMM university of Helsinki, Switzerland)
  • Svante Pääbo (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany)
  • Aviv Regev (Broad Institute, MIT, USA)
  • Janet Thornton (EMBL-EBI, UK)

Members of the National Advisory Board

There is work in progress to appoint the members of the National Advisory Board.


Organization of infrastructure

Platforms and facilities

SciLifeLab offers advanced technologies, knowhow and support to researchers in Sweden. These technologies and services are provided by facilities, which each represent a certain area of expertise. The facilities are organized into platforms that represent areas of research where a combination of technologies is generally used. Each platform has a national steering 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 facilities. Researchers from all over Sweden can apply for technologies and service using the national platforms. Pricing may differ between different facilities, 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 Steering Board meetings.

Each facility is managed by a Facility Director and a Head of Facility. The Facility Director ensures the scientific leadership of the platform. The Head of Facility is responsible for the every day operation of the facility.