Per-Olof Berggren, Ph.D., is Head of Cell Biology and Signal Transduction and the Mary Lou Held visiting Scientist at the Diabetes Research Institute, and Adjunct Professor of Surgery at University of Miami.He is also Professor in Experimental Endocrinology and Director of the Rolf Luft Research Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Karolinska Institutet.
Professor Berggren is a world-leader within the field of pancreatic islet research. He has done pioneering work regarding the fundamental mechanisms regulating the stimulus-response coupling in the endocrine pancreas with several seminal contributions within the fields of insulin secreting pancreatic β-cell Ca2+ handling, phosphorylated inositol compounds and insulin receptor operated signaling. In addition to developing novel concepts within the field of β-cell stimulus-secretion coupling regulation, Professor Berggren's research is characterized by a number of important methodological innovations.
Professor Berggren is member of Academia Europaea, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet and EMBO.
At the Diabetes Research Institute Professor Berggren’s work focuses on the detailed study and evaluation of beta cell function at various stages before and following islet transplantation.
Through cell imaging techniques, his work aims to develop methods to prevent and reduce islet loss during the islet transplant process.
He joined the Diabetes Research Institute to head up the pancreatic islet cell signal-transduction initiative.