About Dr. Anna

Who is Dr. Anna?

This is my story


Dr. Anna was born in Sweden, in the "Venice of the North", namely Stockholm, but later grew up in the Swedish countryside. She left Sweden at the ripe age of 17 to travel through the world for a few years, before settling down in Cambridge, U.K. where she received a BA and an MA (Cantab.) from Cambridge University in Natural Sciences (Biological) with focus on cell biology, behavioural ecology and signal-transduction.

She later moved to Germany and was awarded a Diplom Biol. at Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, Germany with focus on plant molecular genetics. Her Ph. L. and Ph. D in marine microbial ecology were both results of her studies at Stockholm University, Sweden.

She has also worked as a guest researcher at the Leibniz-Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in the great city of Berlin, Germany where she currently resides. She has worked as a consultant at GreOn Performance Consultants and as a scientific collaborator at the University Hospital Charité. She runs The Imaginarium blog and YouTube channel on the side.

She is is VP of Biotech Content at ZAGENO Inc., a digital marketplace and comparison platform for biotech kits and reagents

Dr. Anna speaks fluent Swedish, English and German and has received several awards for academic excellence (see below). Her peer-reviewed publications are to be found below.

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Dr. Anna of The Imaginarium

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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:

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.


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