This is what Doctor Anna’s has done so far…

Doctor Anna  spent her teenage years drinking moonshine and listening to metal in the north-Swedish countryside. By the age of 17, she understood that the world had more to offer and went traveling before settling down in England where she received a BA and an MA from Cambridge University, U.K., with focus on genetics and signal-transduction.

Her interests in the biological world guided her to Germany and Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne. Here, she had to come to terms with acute and chronic pain when she was diagnosed with stage III endometriosis and was involved in an almost deadly tram accident. Luckily, she has a thick skull.

Her thick skull led to a Ph. D, and a postdoc at the Leibniz-Institute (IGB), as well as a position as a scientific collaborator at University Hospital Charité. She currently resides in Berlin, Germany, and is Head of Content at ZAGENO GmbH. However, her dream and passion are scientific outreach and communication, which she is conducting over the “Doctor Anna” blog and Doctor Anna’s Imaginarium social media platform.

Her partner, Joa Helgesson, is an opera singer and her muse. They have several projects together marrying the arts with the sciences; to show the wonders of these meat-bags we call our bodies; the ugliness and the beauty.

She is involved in Berlin’s body suspension scene and loves kink.

Sci Hard!
Doctor Anna


ASLO Travel Award (2015)
Sainsbury Studentship in Plant Sciences (Gatsby) – academic excellence
Nuffield Foundation Undergraduate Bursary (2003) – academic excellence
Cambridge European Trust (2001) – academic excellence
Harris Science and Engineering Bursary 2001, 2002 and 2003.
George Bidder Grant 2002, 2003 – Collegiate award.
Roll Award 2003

Peer-reviewed publications:

Editorial: Zakrisson, A., Kronfoth, C. (2017). Tools in science. Acta Physiologica, DOI: 10.1111/apha.12878
Editorial: Persson, P. B., & Zakrisson, A. (2016). Stress. Acta Physiologica, 216, 149-152.
Zakrisson, A. (2015). Did you know that your cravings might be microbes controlling your mind? Acta Physiologica, 215(4), 165-166
Persson, P. B., & Zakrisson, A. (2015). Dietary supplements: health from the ocean? Acta Physiologica, 215(3), 119-122.
Zakrisson, Anna. External growth control of Baltic Sea cyanobacteria. Stockholm University, Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences (marine ecology). ISBN: 978-91-7649-086-0
Zakrisson, A., Larsson, U., & Hoglander, H. Do Baltic Sea diazotrophic cyanobacteria take up combined nitrogen in situ? Journal of Plankton Research, 36(5), 1368-1380.
Zakrisson, A., & Larsson, U. Regulation of heterocyst frequency in Baltic Sea Aphanizomenon sp. Journal of Plankton Research, 36(5), 1357-1367.
Davenport, R., James, R. A., Zakrisson-Plogander, A., Tester, M., & Munns, R. (2005). Control of sodium transport in durum wheat. Plant Physiology, 137(3), 807-818.