Fredrik Bäckhed

Professor Fredrik Bäckhed combines clinical oriented research with gnotobiotic mouse models to address the role of the normal gut microbiota in metabolic diseases. Fredrik Bäckhed holds a PhD in infectious biology from Karolinska Institutet, Sweden in 2002 and performed his postdoctoral training with Jeffrey Gordon at Washington University, St Louis where he identified the gut microbiota as an environmental factor that regulates adiposity and obesity. Dr Bäckhed joined the faculty at University of Gothenburg in 2006 where he is full professor.  He is also appointed Professor at University of Copenhagen and has been guest Professor at University of Oslo (2013-15) and did a sabbatical at University of Hawaii (2019).

Dr Bäckhed has co-authored more than 150 research papers in international peer-reviewed journals, many of which are in high-impact journals such as Nature, Science, Cell, and Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, and was one of the worlds most cited researchers in 2021 in ‘Microbiology’ and ‘Molecular Biology and Genetics’ according to Clarivate Web of Science.

To full list of publications: ORCID: 0000-0002-4871-8818

Fredrik Bäckhed has received several prestigious awards and appointments including:

  • European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant (2023)
  • Bengt Ihre medal, Swedish Society of Gastroenterology (2022)
  • Lydia J. Roberts Memorial Lecturer (2021): Gut Microbiota and Its Effects on Type 2 Diabetes
  • Gold medalist, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) for outstanding achievements within engineering, economics, business and industry, and society (2020)
  • DPLU/LUDC Nordic Prize for an Outstanding Young Diabetes Investigator (2010)
  • Prince Daniel´s award for a young promising researcher, Swedish Heart Lung Foundation (2013)
  • The DuPont Young Professor Award (2013)
  • ERC consolidator award (2013)
  • Göran Gustafsson’s Prize in Medicine (2014)

In addition, he has received the Minkowsiki prize from the EASD which is awarded to the most outstanding young European diabetes researcher under the age of 45. He has been elected to the Young Academy of Sweden (2011-2015), The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (2015), The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (2018). He has also been appointed Torsten Söderberg Professor in Medicine (one in Sweden each year) and Wallenberg Scholar.

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