Short CV/Education and training

Professional preparation

  • 2008 – 2008
    Postdoc with Prof. Keith Gull, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford, UK

  • 2003 – 2007
    PhD with Dr. Claude Antony, Department of Cell Biology and Biophysics, European Molecular Biology (EMBL) and University of Heidelberg, Germany

  • 2000
    - 2003 BSc Hons 1st class Cell and Molecular Biology, Oxford Brookes University, UK


  • Since 2016
    Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

  • 2014 – 2015
    Scientist with Jan Lötvall, Krefting Research Center, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

  • 2009 – 2013
    Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow (independent position), Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford, UK

  • 2012 – 2014
    Visiting Scientist Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany

  • 2012 – 2013
    Maternity leave

  • 2009 – 2011
    Visiting Scientist “Boulder Lab for 3D Electron Microscopy of cells”, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

Teaching and supervision

    HPE101, HPE102 and HPE201 pedagogical courses, Gothenburg University, Sweden

    Taught 10 international 4-10 day workshops (3x Boulder, USA; 2x Regensburg, Germany; Dresden, Germany; Stockholm, Sweden; Umea, Sweden; 2x Vienna, Austria)

    Supervising 1 PhD student, co-supervising 2 PhD students

    Supervised 3 undergraduate thesis projects (Bachelor theses)

    Lectured at BIO277 Molecular Microbiology, CEB220 Cell physiology and KEM360 Structure and dynamics of biomolecules

Main research support (from university and external)

  • 2016 – 2019
    Swedish Research Council: Young Investigator grant 3.2 million SEK

  • 2009 – 2013
    Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Salary and Research costs, 3 million SEK

  • 2009
    EMBO long-term postdoctoral fellowship, Salary and relocation costs, 300 kSEK

Other merits of relevance

  • Since 2016
    Member of the Interreg Board “ESS and MAXIV: Cross Boarder network & post graduate educational program”

  • 2015
    Co-organizer of “Advanced cryo-electron tomography” workshop in Vienna, Austria

Commissions of trust

    Reviewer for Nature Protocols, Respiratory Research and Cell and Tissue research

    Invited author of two book chapters in Methods in Cell Biology (2007) and (2010)

Speaker at conferences

    43 talks, of which 2 as plenary speaker, 21 as invited speaker and >70% outside Sweden

Selected publications

  • Zabeo D, Cvjetkovic A, Lässer C, Schorb M, Lötvall J*, Höög JL*, (2017) Exosomes from a single cell type have diverse morphologies, Journal of Extracellular Vesicles

  • Cvjetkovic A, Crescitelli R, Lässer C, Zabeo D, Widlund P, Nyström T, Höög JL*, Lötvall J*, (2017), Exosomes in motion, Science matters, 3 (6), e201704000003

  • Zabeo D*, Crescitelli R*, O’Toole E*, Roque H*, Höög JL, 3D Ultrastructure of multi-vesicular bodies in fission yeast, Science Matters 3 (3), e201702000007

  • Höög JL, Lacomble S, Bouchet-Marquis C, Briggs L, Park K, Hoenger A, Gull K, (2016), 3D architecture of the Trypanosoma brucei flagella connector, a mobile transmembrane junction, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases

  • Cvjetkovic A, Jang CS, Konečná B, Höög JL, Sihlbom C, Lässer C, Lötvall J (2016), Detailed Analysis of Protein Topology of Extracellular Vesicles-Evidence of Unconventional Membrane Protein Orientation, Scientific Reports

  • Höög JL, Lötvall J, (2015), Diversity of extracellular vesicles in human ejaculates revealed by cryo-electron microscopy, Journal of Extracellular Vesicles, 4: 28680

  • Höög JL, Lacomble S, O’Toole ET, McIntosh JR, Gull K (2014), Modes of flagellar assembly in Trypanosoma brucei and Chlamydomonas reinhardii, eLife 2014;3:e01479

  • Kováčik L, Kerïeche S, Höög JL, Raška I, (2014), A simple Fourier filter for suppression of the missing wedge ray artefacts in single-axis electron tomographic reconstructions, Journal of Structural Biology, 2014 Apr;186(1):141-52.

  • Weber B, Tranfield EM, Höög JL, Baum D, Antony C, Gull K, Hyman AA, Verbavatz JM, Prohaska S (2014) Automatic stitching of microtubule centerlines across serial electron tomograms, PLoS One, journal.pone.0113222

  • Höög JL*, Huisman SM*, Brunner D, Antony C, (2013), Electron tomography reveals novel microtubule lattice and microtubule organizing centre defects in +TIP mutants, PLoS One, 8(4): e61698.

  • Höög JL, Bouchet-Marquis C, McIntosh JR, Hoenger A, Gull K, (2012) Cryo-Electron Tomography and 3-D Analysis of the Intact Flagellum in Trypanosoma brucei, Journal of Structural Biology, 178(2):189-98

  • Höög JL, Huisman SM, Sebö-Lemke Z, Sandblad L, McIntosh J.R, Antony C, Brunner D, (2011), Electron tomography reveals a flared morphology on growing microtubule ends, Journal of Cell Science, (124): 693-8

  • Gluenz E, Höög JL, Smith AE, Dawe HR, Shaw MK, Gull K, (2010), Beyond 9+0: non-canonical axoneme structures characterize sensory cilia from protist to man, FASEB Journal, (9): 3117-21

  • Höög JL, Gluenz E, Vaughan S, Gull K, (2010), Ultrastructural investigation methods for Trypanosoma brucei, Methods in Cell Biology 96: 175-96

  • Höög JL, Schwartz CL, Noon AT, O’Toole ET, Mastronarde DN, McIntosh JR, Antony C, (2007), Organization of Interphase Microtubules in Fission Yeast Analyzed by Electron Tomography, Developmental Cell, 12(3) 349-361

  • Höög JL, Antony C, (2007), Whole-cell Investigation of Microtubule Cytoskeleton Architecture by Electron Tomography, Methods in Cell Biology 79: 145-167

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Interreg Board “ESS and MAXIV: Cross Boarder network & post graduate educational program”

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Fluent in German, English and Swedish (mother tongue)

Other activities and achievements/family

  • I am married to Per Widlund and together we have a 5 year old daughter.


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