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Julia Rode

Title: Researcher School/office: School of Medical Sciences


Phone: +46 19 303817

Room: C2305

Julia Rode
Research subject Research environments

About Julia Rode

Julia Rode is a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Medical Sciences. She is part of the Nutrition-Gut-Brain Interactions Research Centre (NGBI) and the Centre for Experimental and Biomedical Imaging in Örebro (CEBIO).

She has a background in nutritional science (BSc) and molecular biotechnology (MSc) from the Technical University of Munich in Germany. In 2021, Julia defended her PhD thesis on the gut microbiota, its modifications and the gut-brain axis which was awarded the Best PhD Thesis Award 2021 by Nutrients.


Julia Rode’s research is very inter- and multidisciplinary.

On the one hand, she aims to understand the (patho-)physiological processes of the interaction between the gut and the brain – especially from a modes of action perspective. This is investigated by challenging and modulating the gut-brain axis from both sides. Julia is involved in human studies using interventions such as faecal microbiota transfer and probiotics or challenging models such as serotonergic stimulation. For even more mechanistic investigations, Julia envisions to build a standardised and personalisable ex vivo model of the gut-brain axis for which she received an ESPEN Research Fellowship in 2020 (ca. 400 000 SEK).

On the other hand, Julia works on finding biomarkers for diagnosis and treatment response prediction of psychiatric diseases.

Both research focuses substantially involve functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).


Julia Rode’s teaching assignments include teaching of the functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) classes as part of the Nutrition-Gut-Brain Physiology courses of the international master’s program Experimental Medicine. She has many years of experience as a base group supervisor (problem-based learning tutor) and laboratory supervisor in the medical program as well as the international master’s program.  

She regularly supervises internal as well as external student’s during their thesis work (Bachelor, Master, Medical students). Julia is also co-supervisor of a PhD student.


Julia Rode’s national collaborative network includes researchers from Örebro University and Örebro University Hospital, Linnaeus University in Kalmar and the Centre for Translational Microbiome Research (CTMR) at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. In autumn 2022, Julia visits the collaborating laboratory in Kalmar to learn and perform an in vitro method as part of the establishment of the gut-brain axis model. During her time as a PhD student, Julia made many national connections with peers during her participation in the Bengt Ihre Research School and as member of the board and leader of the social activity committee of ORU’s Doctoral Student Section (DokSek). Since Julia is a postdoc she regularly joins activities organised by ORU’s Junior Faculty.

Internationally, Julia Rode collaborates with researchers from the University of Konstanz (Germany), Technical University of Munich (Germany) and University of California, Los Angeles (USA).

As part of her research, Julia Rode also works in projects that collaborate with companies such as GSK Consumer Healthcare, Haleon, BioGaia and GE.


Julia Rode is passionate about communicating her research within the science community as well as to the general public. She regularly visits scientific conferences, does science comm on social media (especially Twitter) and joins popular science events. From autumn 2022, Julia will organise science pubs under the direction of ORU's Junior Faculty.

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Articles in journals

Conference papers

Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries