Former Members

This is a list of formers students, members, and guests that were part of the ISB-group.

  • Long Term Research Projects
  • 6-12 Months Projects
  • Master Projects
  • 3-6 Months Projects
  • External Guests

The people below were part of our group for a long period of time and significantly contributed to the development of the group.




David Julleson worked in our group between 2012 - 2014 and was involved in several of our publications on insulin signaling. David went on to take a PhD position in Synthetic Biology with Jens Nielsens group in Gothenburg.

Linnea Bergenholm worked in our group between 2012 - 2014 and was involved in one of our biggest publications on insulin signaling to date. Linnea continued as a Phd Student at Warwick University in collaboration with AstraZenica.

David Janzén worked in our group between 2012 - 2014 with mixed effect modeling. During his stay in our group, David went for a internship in Boston for Merrimack Pharmaceuticals for 6 months before coming back to us to complete his thesis. After leaving our group, David is started his Phd-studies at Warwick University in collaboration with AstraZenica.
  • Publications
  • "Nonlinear mixed-e ects modelling for single cell analysis: when, why, and how to use it". Janzén et al submitted


Martin Gollvik wrote his master's thesis in our group during 2014. Martin worked with metamodeling in collaboration with Harald Martens in Trondheim. After his thesis, Martin spent six months in Boston, doing an internship at Merrimack Pharmaceuticals.

Pelle Lundberg worked in our group for over a year during 2010 and 2011. His main focus was on a collaboration with Jan Hasenhauer in Stuttgard (nowawdays Munich). In his project Pelle worked on a method to analytically evaluate and reject whole regions of the parameter space for systems biology models. Pelle then went on to finishing his studies at Technical Biology (TB).


Eva-Maria Ekstrand (formerly Hansson) did her master thesis with us in 2009. She then continued in our group for a longer project during 2010. During both projects, she worked with involving downstream signalling, and the mechanistic machinery leading to the cellular insulin resistance we see in Type 2 Diabetes. She then went on for a shorter project at MathCore Engineering AB. After that she did a traineeship in the Systems Biology company Merrimack Pharmaceuticals in Boston during spring 2011. After leaving our group, Eva-Maria went on to start her Phd at Linkoping University, working with bioreactors.

Robert Palmér worked with us for two years (2008-2010) on modelling of insulin signalling, and was an important part of finishing our JBC paper (Brännmark et al), and has also been involved in at least one more paper (Nyman et al), and has generally been an important part of the early formation of the group. Robert went on to work as a modelling consultant at MathCore Engineering AB.

The people below were part in one of our research projects for ~6-12 months.




Vasileios Athanasiou worked in our group during 2015 on mathematical modelling of myelin in the human brain.


Andrea Hjelm worked in our group during 2014 and 2015 on mathematical modelling of glucose homeostasis of patients in the intesive care unit (ICU).


Lishin Cheng worked in our group during 2015 on mathematical modelling of FOXO1 and its role in insulin signaling.


Theodor Nevo worked in our group during 2013 on mathematical modelling of faciliation in pyrmidal nerve cells. He then returned to his studies.


Ida Cervin worked in our group during 2012 on mathematical modelling of signalling pathways in heart cells, which resulted in a publication. She then continued on with her education.

Karin Wiberg worked for half a year in our group during 2012. In her project she worked with stochastic modeling and characterisation of distributions of nuclear pore complexes in dividing yeast cells. Afterwards, Karin continued her studies in Technical Biology (TB).


Theresia Arbring Sjöström worked in 2011-2012 on mathematical modelling of signalling pathways in heart cells, which resulted in a publication. Afterwards she started as a Ph.D. student in the group Organic Electronics in Norrköping.

Zaheer Ali worked on small project in our group during 2012 in collaboration with Björn Granseth where he looked at mechanistic explanations for facilition in pyramidal cells. Afterwards Zaheer did his Master thesis working on zebra fish.



The people below did their master thesis in our group and stayed for roughly half a year.




Linnea Järvstråt did her Master thesis in our group during 2010 and 2011. In her project she worked with FRAP data from our collaboration with Alejandro Coleman Lerner's group in Buenes Aires. In her project Linnea evaluated minimal models for these data sets, investigated cell-to-cell-variation between mother and daughter cells and analyzed and implemented profile likelihood for parameter uncertainty analysis. After finishing her studies, Linnea took an employment at Lund University, at the department for Hematology and Tranfusion Medicine, working on algorithm development and anlysis of ChIP-sequence data from patients with acute myeloid leukemia.


Ulrike Münzner did her Master thesis in our group during 2010. In her project she worked with FRAP data from our collaboration with Alejandro Coleman Lerner's group in Buenes Aires. Ulrike worked mainly on determining parameter uncertainties for import and export parameters of nuclear shuttling dynamics. Ulrike continued her work as a Phd. Student in Edda Klipp's group in Berlin.


Anton Höghäll did his M.Sc. project in the spring of 2010 as a follow-up and pair-project to Oscar's. He then went on to be responsible for computer infrastructure at Saab here in Linköping.


Oscar Samuelsson did his M.Sc. project (2009-2010) devoted to the task of finding good evaluating procedures for the evaluation of optimization methods in the new prospect of identifying core predictions. His work resulted in a contribution to a book chapter (below). Afterwards he went on to working as chief of process control (sv: driftschef) in VA-verket in Tranås.
  • Book Chapter
  • "Optimization in Biology: Parameter Estimation and the Associated Optimization Problem"
    Gunnar Cedersund, Oscar Samuelsson, Gordon Ball, Jesper Tegnér, David Gomez-Cabrero
    From "Uncertainty in biology", Eds D Gomez Cabrero and Liesbet Geris, Springer, 2015


Amanda Jonsson did her M.Sc. project with us in 2009-2010, devoted to preliminary explorations of the potential of Baysian and boolean modelling. She then started as a Ph.D. student in the group Organic Electronics in Norrköping.


Fredrik Bäcklund did his M.Sc. project with us in 2009 on the model-based study of the dynamics of serine phosphorylations in the IRS1 protein. He then started as a Ph.D. student in the group of Biomolecular and Organic Electronics at IFM, Linköping, looking at more physical properties of the protein insulin.


The people below did their bachelor thesis, or a short project in our group for a couple of months.




Tom Axelsson worked in our group during 2015 on modeling of adiponectin release from white adipocytes.


David Hallberg worked in our group during 2015 on multi-level and multi time-scale modeling of glucose homeostasis, weight loss, and modeling of weight loss drugs. This project was done in a collaboration with AstraZeneca.


Johan Schyberg did a short summer project during 2014.


Emil Vestlund did a short summer project during 2014.


Jasna Bahoñjico did a short summer project during 2014.


Lovisa Österlund did a Batchler's project with us in 2010, in collaboration with Amanda Jonsson. She constructed a dynamic boolean version of our insulin signalling model presented in Brännmark et al, JBC, 2010. Afterwards she continued her studies.



The people below were external guests who stayed with our group for a short period, while working on collaborative projects.




Sandra van Tienhoven is a Msc. Science from the Univeristy of Einhoven. She visited us during 2012 as part of her studies. She collaborated with with Fiannes Sips and Elin Nyman on a whole body modeling project of lipid and glucose homeostasis.


Magdalena San Roman normally works in the group of Luis Azerenca in Montevideo, Uruguay. However, she works together with us on various methodological projects, e.g. concerning uncertainty analysis, and she has also visited us for 4 weeks during the Summer of 2012.
  • Publications
  • Global sensitivity analysis (in manuscript)


Patrick Weber is a Phd student in Nicole Radde's group in Stuttgart. He visited us under 2012 and worked together with Mikael Forsgren on Bayesian analysis of models for Diffuse Liver Diseases.
  • Publications
  • Global sensitivity analysis (in manuscript)


Fiannes Sips is a Phd student in Natal van Riel's group in Eindhoven. She visited us as a part of her studies and worked together with Elin Nyman on whole body modeling, especially with focus on lipid metabolism and it's link to glucose homeostasis.
  • Publications
  • "Quantification of the fatty acid contribution to the postprandial glucose response"
    Fianne Sips, Elin Nyman, Martin Adiels, Peter Hilbers, Peter Strålfors, Natal van Riel, and Gunnar Cedersund, Submitted


Gustaf Ullman did a short sort of mini-post doc in our group in the spring of 2010, devoted to stochastic modelling, e.g., based on microscopic studies of individual insulin receptors. He then went on to a post doc in Johan Elf's group in Uppsala, and where he continued in the same directions, with a special emphasis on image analysis and automated cellular tracking.