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PhD alumna Nika aims to unravel the reasons for health inequalities

Nika Seblova

Nika Seblova, a PhD alumna of Karolinska Institutet (KI), is passionate about unraveling the reasons behind health inequalities. Her academic journey was diverse and interdisciplinary, starting with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology that sparked her interest in exploring the intersectionality of social, cultural, and biological factors influencing health. She pursued a Master's degree at the Centre for Health Equity Studies at Stockholm University, delving deeper into health inequalities. Inspired by her experiences and a professor's invitation, Nika decided to pursue a doctoral degree at KI to contribute to knowledge production in this field.


During her PhD, Nika was affiliated with multiple institutions, providing her with abundant resources and opportunities to attend seminars and journal clubs. One of her most cherished memories was participating in the Swedish Interdisciplinary Graduate School in Register-Based Research, where she found structure, a supportive cohort of peers, and even witnessed the Northern Lights for the first time. Currently, Nika works as a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University, focusing on socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in cognitive aging and dementia, building upon her dissertation and research interests.


Nika found her current position through Twitter, demonstrating the importance of staying open to unexpected opportunities. She emphasizes the need to balance self-care, hard work, and fun. Nika's advice to students is to prioritize their well-being, embrace serendipity, and trust that things will come together in unexpected ways. Her journey showcases the value of interdisciplinary research and the impact it can have on understanding and addressing health inequalities.

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