Short CV/Education and training

Academic degrees and training:

  • 1974
    MSc in Human Nutrition (5-y program, incl. toxicology and biochemistry), University of Life Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

  • 1987
    Dr Med Sci/PhD in Human Nutrition/Clinical Epidemiology, Warsaw, Poland

  • 1987 – 1988
    Post-doc/ guest researcher, Karolinska Institutet

  • 1992 – 2000
    Associate Professor (Docent) of Nutritional Epidemiology, Dept of Cancer Epidemiology Uppsala University, Sweden

  • 1995 – 1997
    Visiting Scholar, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA

  • 2001
    Full Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology, Department of Medical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet (KI)

Professional academic activities (including previous and current position):

  • 1974 – 1977
    Maternity leave

  • 1978 – 1987
    Researcher and PhD, Dept. of Epidemiology, Natl. Institute of Food & Nutrition, Warsaw

  • 1988 – 1989
    Senior lecturer in Human Nutrition, Uppsala University

  • 1989 – 1994
    Researcher, Cancer Epidemiology, Uppsala University

  • 1998 – 1999
    Director of PhD studies (Studierektor), Dept. Medical Epidemiology& Biostatistics, KI

  • 1997
    Principal Investigator and Director of two longitudinal cohorts incl 110 000 subjects, KI

  • 2002
    Head of Nutritional Epidemiology Unit, Department of Environmental Medicine(IMM/KI)

  • 2008 – 2013
    Coordinator of Epidemiology (5 Units) at Institute of Environmental Medicine(IMM), KI

  • 2014
    Deputy Chairman of Institute of Environmental Medicine, KI

Experience from industry:

  • 1987 – 1988
    Researcher, Kabi Vitrum AB, Research & Development Dept., Stockholm, Sweden

  • 1990 – 1991
    Scientific consultant, Procordia, Stockholm, Sweden

Selected publications

  • Alicja Wolk has published 500 scientific papers (1989-1993 as KuskowskaWolk A) and 20 book chapters; cited 22 000 times, H-index=77 (ISI/Web of Science Aug 2014); cited 33 000 times, H-index=96 (Google Scholar).

  • Stackelberg O, Björck M, Larsson SC, Orsini N, Wolk A. Fruit and vegetable consumption with risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm. Circulation. 2013 Aug 20; 128(8):795-802.

  • Di Giuseppe D, Alfredsson L, Bottai M, Askling J, Wolk A. Long term alcohol intake and risk of rheumatoid arthritis in women: a population based cohort study. BMJ. 2012 Jul 10;345:e4230

  • Wolk A, Larsson SC, Johansson JE, Ekman P. Long-term fatty fish consumption and renal cell carcinoma incidence in women. JAMA. 2006 Sep 20;296(11):1371-6

  • Larsson SC, Bergkvist L, Wolk A. Magnesium intake in relation to risk of colorectal cancer in women. JAMA. 2005 Jan 5;293(1):86-9.

  • Wolk A, Andersson SO, Mantzoros CS, Trichopoulos D, Adami HO. Can measurements of IGF-1 and IGFBP-3 improve the sensitivity of prostate-cancer screening? Lancet. 2000 Dec 2;356(9245):1902-3

  • Wolk A, Manson JE, Stampfer MJ, Colditz GA, Hu FB, Speizer FE, Hennekens CH, Willett WC. Long-term intake of dietary fiber and decreased risk of coronary heart disease among women. JAMA. 1999 Jun 2;281(21):1998-2004

Selected projects

  • Alicja Wolk has established and systematically developed nutritional epidemiology in Sweden and became the first Swedish professor (2001) in this field.

  • She is Principle Investigator and Director of two population-based prospective longitudinal cohorts including 110,000 participants. The cohorts, with extensive information about diet and lifestyle, are annually linked to health registers to investigate associations between diet, lifestyle and development of cancer, cardiovascular and other chronic diseases. Collected DNA enables studies of genes and gene-diet/environment interactions of importance for disease development. Many novel and important findings based on the cohorts have been reported; e.g., that 4 of 5 myocardial infarction in women may be preventable by healthy diet and lifestyle.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries


  • Member, Expert Committee, the Swedish Royal Academy of Science, KVA, since 2009

  • Member, Expert Committee, the Swedish Food Agency/Livsmedelsverket, SLV, 2009 – 2012

  • Member of the Scientific Board, NutriNet-Santé Centre, University Paris 13, France, since 2009

  • Member, Steering Committee for Strategic Cancer Grants, the Research Council of Norway, 2008 – 2011

  • National expert in Diet and Cancer research field for the Swedish Cancer Foundation, since 2006

  • Expert Committee, the Swedish Council on Technology Assesment in Health Care (SBU), 2006 – 2010

  • Member of the Scientific Board, Swedish Cancer Foundation, 2006 – 2009

  • Member, American Association for Cancer Reserarch, 2004


  • External evaluator (ERA) for MRC of a department, UK, 2014

  • External evaluator (ERA) for Cancer Research UK of a department, 2013, 2008

  • External evaluator (ERA) for INSERM of Center for Epidemiology and Public Health, Paris, France, 2008 – 2009

  • External evaluator (ERA) for the Finish Academy of Science of Dept of Epidemiology, Tampere University, Finland, 2004

Additional qualifications

  • Alicja Wolk has supervised 26 PhD students and 23 postdocs. Two of her PhDs have received prizes for a) the best Swedish PhD thesis in epidemiology (2009) and b) Chorafas prize, the best PhD thesis at KI (2006).


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