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Richelle Duque Björvang

PhD Candidate in Reproductive Medicine, Karolinska Institutet

I am a physician scientist currently concluding my PhD studies. From my studies and research, I have an extensive exposure to the clinical, experimental and epidemiological arenas. I like solving problems, figuring out solutions, and analyzing data. Aside from managing my own project by tackling four different cohorts for my epidemiological studies as well as performing in vitro experiments, I have also organized the KI “Experts explain” Zoom seminar series, held lectures at KI and KTH, and written for the KI blog. Currently, I also hold a position as PhD student representative in the department and I am part of the steering committee of the KI Network Medicine Alliance. In my spare time, I do jigsaw puzzles, make arts and crafts, and take care of my plants. I am currently training to run 10K and finding what feels good by doing yoga.

Moving forward, I am enthusiastic to strengthen my knowledge as well as eager to learn new skills in reproductive and fetal medicine as well as women's health. I would like to do so while working in a collaborative, multi-cultural environment that promotes the construction of a stronger, more cohesive scientific community. I look forward to contributing towards high-quality research that improves the health and well-being of people all over the world.


  • 2017–2021
    PhD student, Karolinska Institute
  • 2016–2016
    Research Associate, Uppsala University
  • 2014–2014
    Intern, World Health Organization, Headquarters