Tag Archives: life science

Who studies at MTLS? | Statistics of the admitted students

Recently, I received a lot of questions. Many of them look like these: “I study XXX, I want to know if I am eligible to be considered by MTLS? ” or “Are there any current MTLS students who come from YYY, just like me?” In this blog, you are going to find out more about the admitted MTLS students, regarding their demographic profile and academic background, that you CAN’T even get from our official website!

By 2017, there are in total 3 cohorts of students admitted into our programme.


A purple dot on the map represents the citizenship of one student. The number of students and diversity grow by years.


The number of male and female in all three cohorts are roughly equal. Of course, you may notice that gender equality is a fundamental policy in all Swedish universities. In the admission process, no weight will be added/reduced based on gender of the applicant.


It has been told that life science will be an interdisciplinary field; MTLS is no exception. The majors listed in the pie chart are based on the bachelor degree that the students possess:




Want to know more about our programme? There are numerous routes:

  1. Our four official websites at KTH, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm University and Science For Life Laboratory
  2. Follow my page MSc Molecular Techniques in Life Science
  3. Subscribe to my blog and get a weekly notification of the newest post!
  4. Contact our student ambassadors: me, Carolina at Karolinska or Javier at KTH!

Concentrating in basic research: what I saw in KAW100

In the area of scientific research, especially those concentrate in fundamental, mechanistic understanding, the major blockade is definitely looking for funding opportunity. That’s why I heard of the Wallenberg Foundation (in a research group’s prate, indeed) much earlier than recognizing that the Wallenberg Family regimens Swedish finance sector, indirectly contributes to half of the country’s income! It wasn’t until last Friday, that Jubilee Symposium in Molecular Science of Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW100), answers a part of my curiosity.

Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation

Founded by the couple Knut and Alice Wallenberg, KAW aims at promoting excellent Swedish research and education since 1917. As the foundation is stepping into its 100th year right now, a handful of symposia covering digital technology, life science, physics and social science were held or are in schedule staring from April across the country.

Of course, I was in the one on 15th September!

My name card. A day starts in Science!

Molecular Life Science Symposium

There are three topics in this symposium, namely proteomics, structural biology and human evolutionary biology. In each session, it starts with the presentation from one of the luminaries in the field about their landmark work, followed by exciting work done by young, local scientists.

After the welcome remarks, Prof. Carol Robinson from Oxford University is the first presenter:


For the general public, Prof. Robinson is perhaps most well known for her title as the first chemistry professor and Oxford, and completion of her phD degree with only two years. But only after studying Biophysical Chemistry and Proteomics, I learn to appreciate her scientific achievement: structural study of membrane protein using mass spectrometry (MS).

Typical membrane-spanning proteins can be receptor, ion channel or energy pump, the thing that they share is that they are big, complex, and oil-liking. With these properties, it is almost predestine that they are extremely hard to isolate and purify, probably defy attempts in crystallization as well. Compared to X-ray crystallization, MS opens a new door to studying of this “rebellious” member of protein family.

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1st semester of Molecular Techniques in Life Science – Part I

Happy New Year!

Today is the sixth of January, I am sure that everyone of you has enjoyed the long winter break and fully prepare for the coming Monday! For the prospective students, it is (unfortunately) time to start/fine-tune application documents, and prioritize choices on universityadmission.se after thoughtful consideration. To help you with the critical decision-making process, I summarize the events in the first semester of Master Programme of Molecular Techniques in Life Science based on my first-hand, personal experience. Hope that it might be useful to you ^_^

As you can find in our programme website https://www.kth.se/en/studies/master/molecular-techniques-life-science/course-overview-1.501285, the first semester comprises of four courses: Genetics, Applied communication of life science, Frontier in translation medicine and Frontier in life science. It takes place predominately at Karolinska Institute:

Main campus of Karolinska at September, during lunch break

(Photo from my classmate Carolina)

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In the Nobel week: lecture by Dr. Ohsumi (2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine)

In Stockholm, there are three festivals to celebrate in December: Christmas, Lucia, and Nobel week!

Nobel week 

While the Nobel banquet and Nobel Prize award ceremony seem distant, the Nobel lecture series is something that you cannot miss! It is delivered by the Nobel Prize laureates of the year, and conducted in English. Furthermore, it requires no registration, no identity check nor admission fee: all members of the general public are welcome! (for the full program list, click here)

There are two Nobel lectures:

1. Wednesday 7 December: Lecture in Physiology or Medicine

Aula Medica Karolinska Institutet, Nobels väg 6, 2.30 p.m.

2. Thursday 8 December: Lectures in Physics, Chemistry and in Economic Sciences 

Aula Magna, Stockholm University, 9.00 a.m.

As my study programme is Molecular Techniques in Life Science, without a doubt, my choice is the lecture given by Dr. Ohsumi, the Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine. Because the lecture started at 14:30, I managed to arrive at 12:00 PM — there was already a long queue!

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Joint Master Programme in Molecular Techniques in Life Science

The unabbreviated  name of the programme that I study at KTH is “The Joint Master’s Programme in Molecular Techniques in Life Science”.  It is a long name and I find it always hard to explain it to others. Now, as one of the KTH official bloggers, I finally get the opportunity to explicate what it is — Hooray!


Yes, my programme is co-organized by three most prominent universities in Stockholm, namely KTH, Stockholm University, Karolinska Institutet. A total of 120 ECT credits are equally taught by these three universities. Indeed, joint programmes are not uncommon across European countries: they epitomise the acceleration in international cooperation within academia. A quick glance at the list of  KTH I Master’s Programmes gives you more than a dozen!

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