Published: 25-02-2021 13:29 | Updated: 26-02-2021 08:51

Carl Sellgren Majkowitz receives Swedish Foundations′ Starting Grant

Carl Sellgren Majkowitz. Photo: Copyright Rafael Motta/ Flying Pig Studio

Swedish Foundations' Starting Grant 2020 is awarded to KI researcher, Carl Sellgren Majkowitz for his research in schizophrenia.

Carl Sellgren Majkowitz from the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology receives the grant, funded by Erling-Persson Family Foundation, for his research trying to link deviations in the brain development to schizophrenia. By reprogramming easy-accessible skin cells to brain cells the research team creates a model of brain development in a dish. Such models can then be compared to models derived from healthy volunteers and help the team to identify disease mechanisms. Such mechanisms can then also be manipulated and guide further drug development.

"We are very thankful to the foundation for this support that will help us to further develop our models and apply large-scale approaches", says Carl Sellgren Majkowitz.

Swedish Foundations’ Starting Grant is a collaboration between five non-profit foundations, the Erling-Persson Family Foundation, the Kempe Foundations, the Olle Engkvist Foundation, Ragnar Söderberg's foundation and Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, which funds the most prominent researchers with host institutions in Sweden. The researchers who are funded are those who applied for funding from the European Research Council (ERC), but who, despite the highest grades from ERC experts, missed out on a grant due to the limit funding available. The foundation's start-up grant is granted one year at a time and up to five years.


Carl Sellgren Majkowitz Researcher;Assistant Professor