Vilhelmina Ullemar

I am a soon-to-be MD/PhD with a passion for the written word, visual art, and creative communication. I defended my PhD thesis “Transmitted and acquired determinants for childhood asthma – from genes to teens,” on October 21st, 2016 at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.

My current research focuses on two primary tracks of interest:

  1. The genetic and epigenetic determinants of childhood asthma and allergic disease
  2. Understanding the genetic causes and health consequences of early childhood growth 

In addition, I am actively engaged in teaching, primarily within VetU (the scientific development courses of the Karolinska Institutet medical program) and as a supervisor of students writing their master theses.

On this website you can find information about my PhD thesis, my publication list, and learn where I can be found elsewhere online. Further, a schedule of my public appearances is available below.

Past appearances
Public PhD thesis defence, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, Oct 21 2016

Predisseration seminar, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, Oct 14 2016

Forskarfredag, Stockholm, Sweden, Sep 30 2016. Researcher dialogue “Räkna med gener – kan ditt DNA säga om du kommer bli allergisk?” Together with Olivia Larsson, on behalf of the Centre for Allergy Research (CfA) at Karolinska Institutet.

ERS International Congress 2016, London, UK, Sep 3-7 2016. Poster presentation: “Is catch-up growth in small children associated with earlier growth and risk of asthma?”


ERS International Congress 2015, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sep 26-30 2015. Oral presentation: “Childhood asthma and hay fever are heritable, but specific high-risk variants are not shared between diseases”

Centre for Allergy Research (CfA) PhD student and Postdoc Retreat ‘Career trajectories within the fields of allergy and immunology’, Jan 15, 2015. Moderator for session “Career Support and Services”


AAAA&I 2014 Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, USA, Feb 28-Mar 4 2014. Poster presentation: “Twins’ Increased Risk Of Asthma Compared To Singletons Is Mediated By Gestational Age”