Prof. Nils-Göran Larsson in a library

Nils-Göran Larsson, MD, PhD

Professor of Mitochondrial Genetics


My interest in mitochondrial biology started in 1987 when I began my PhD studies of pathogenic mtDNA mutations causing mitochondrial disease in humans. I decided to get proper training in biochemistry and mouse genetics and went to Stanford University as a HHMI Physician Postdoctoral Fellow in 1994. When I returned to Sweden in 1997, I started my own research group at Karolinska Institutet and developed a series of powerful mouse models. In 2008, I was recruited as one of the founding Directors to the new Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne, Germany. Between 2008 and 2015, I remained affiliated to KI and kept a small research group here. In 2016, I was recruited back to have KI as my main working place. From 2019, I will be an external member of the Max Planck Society.