Karin Wardell
Linkoping University, Sweden

Karin Wardell is professor of biomedical engineering and head of the neuroengineering group. She has an outstanding academic career, especially in the field of biomedical optics. She has the proven ability to open new scientific fields. She started new companies and demonstrated a fruitful collaboration with others. With her energy and ambition, she has created an internationally oriented research group.

She received an MSc in electrical engineering and applied physics in 1987 from Linkoping Institute of Technology and a PhD in Biomedical Instrumentation in 1994. Since 2002 she is a full professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering and previous head of the Biomedical Instrumentation Group. Now she is leading the Neuroengineering Lab. Current research-focus is set on projects within deep brain stimulation and optical methods for monitoring and navigation in neurosurgery and neurointensive care. At Linkoping University she actively participates in both the graduate and undergraduate education. Her international experiences involve research visits at Yale Medical School, USA; University of New South Wales, Australia; Rheinisch-Westfalische Technische Hochschule, Germany and University of Life Sciences in Northwestern Switzerland, and participation in several EC-projects. She has more than ten years of experience in working with biomedical industry partners and is co-founders of two companies. She is recipient of Otto Schmitt award.

Her research group focuses on biomedical engineering systems for minimally invasive diagnostics systems. The projects are driven by clinical needs in close collaboration with industry and clinical collaborations.