Karin Wårdell


Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Research Leader for the Neuroengineering group.

Minimally Invasive Instrumentation and Neuroengineering (MINT)


My background is in technical physics and electrical engineering (MSc-Y 1987), a PhD (1994) and Docent (1997) in Biomedical Instrumentation. Since 2002 I am Professor of Biomedical Engineering – minimally invasive instrumentation at Linköping University.

Research interests

My research interests lie in the field of neuroengineering and biomedical instrumentation and include:

  • neuronavigation
  • imaging methods
  • biomedical optics
  • modeling and simulation
  • brain microcirculation
  • translational research for clinical studies.

Main application areas are deep brain stimulation (DBS), optical guidance in neurosurgery, brain tumor surgery and monitoring methods in neurointensive care. The research is conducted in close collaboration with clinical researchers both nationally and internationally.

I am a recipient of the Otto Schmidt Award from the IFMBE, and a Fellow of IAMBE and EAMBES.


Phone number: +46 10 1032455 

Project grants

Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF), and Swedish Research Council (VR-NT), Child Cancer Foundation, ALF Region Östergötland, LiU Cancer. 



Karin Wårdell, Elisabeth Klint, Peter Milos, Johan Richter (2023) One-Insertion Stereotactic Brain Biopsy Using In Vivo Optical Guidance-A Case Study Operative Neurosurgery, Vol. 25, p. 176-182 Continue to DOI
Teresa Nordin, Patric Blomstedt, Simone Hemm-Ode, Karin Wårdell (2023) How Sample Size Impacts Probabilistic Stimulation Maps in Deep Brain Stimulation Brain Sciences, Vol. 13, Article 756 Continue to DOI
Elisabeth Klint, Johan Richter, Karin Wårdell (2023) Combined Use of Frameless Neuronavigation and In Situ Optical Guidance in Brain Tumor Needle Biopsies Brain Sciences, Vol. 13, Article 809 Continue to DOI
Peter Milos, Neda Haj-Hosseini, Jan Hillman, Karin Wårdell (2023) 5-ALA fluorescence in randomly selected pediatric brain tumors assessed by spectroscopy and surgical microscope Acta Neurochirurgica, Vol. 165, p. 71-81 Continue to DOI


Joel Wahl, Elisabeth Klint, Martin Hallbeck, Jan Hillman, Karin Wårdell, Kerstin Ramser (2022) Impact of preprocessing methods on the Raman spectra of brain tissue Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 13, p. 6763-6777 Continue to DOI


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