She received her MSc and PhD from Linköping Institute of Technology (LiTH) Sweden 1987 and 1994. Since 2002 she is a full professor in Biomedical Engineering at Department of Biomedical Engineering, Linköping University, and head of the Neuroengineering Group. She has studied at RWTH Aachen, Germany (1987-1988); been visiting researcher at Yale Medical School, USA (part of 1993); University of New South Wales, Australia (part of 2001); and is a frequent visitor at FHNW Switzerland. She has been acting professor in Biomedical Instrumentation, LiTH (1998-2001), served as department director of research’s studies (1997-2000), deputy department head (2003-2007), member of the LiTH employment board (2003-2014), deputy LiTH Faculty board (2009-present) and member of the Department board (2007-present) and EAMBES council (2015-present). She has more than ten years of experience in working with biomedical industry through NIMED, NovaMedTech and MedTech4Health. She was co-founder of Lisca AB a company marketing laser Doppler perfusion imagers. Her research focus in on biomedical instrumentation, modeling and simulations and implementations in clinical environments as dermatology, cardiothoracic surgery and neurosurgery. Current research-focus is set on projects within Neuroengineering; deep brain stimulation, neuronavigation and optical techniques in neurosurgery and brain microcirculation. She has published more than 100 full papers 200 conference papers and is the holder of several patents https://scholar.google.se/citations?user=9kM8f28AAAAJ&hl=sv. Karin Wårdell is a fellow of EAMBES and IAMBE and a recipient of the Erna Ebeling (2013) and IFMBEs Otto Schmidt Awards (2015).