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Research divisions

Department of Laboratory Medicine

We conduct leading research, both broad and specialised, within the field of laboratory medicine, focusing on the onset of disease and how we can improve diagnostics and treatment for patients. Some of our strongest areas with world-class research deal with cancer, genetics and blood. Another focus area is occupational and environmental medicine, where we study how our environment affects our health.

Lars RylanderOccupational and environmental medicine

We research how people’s work and environment condition their health, focusing on metals, environmental toxins, carcinogenic substances and substances which damage the respiratory tract, stress and work-related musculoskeletal disorders, as well as the elderly in working life. Our strength is a combination of register studies and biobanks, field studies and experimental studies.

Division representative: lars [dot] rylander [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (Lars Rylander), 046-222 16 31

Björn NilssonHaematology and transfusion medicine

We study the blood and immune system and its diseases. A particular focus area is how congenital genetic variation affects blood and immune cells, and how such variation can be utilized clinically. Which genes and gene mutations control, for example, the risk of blood cancer? Can we use them to prevent and treat? Who controls our blood group set? Can we use them for safer transfusion? Another important focus area is clinical trials of new drugs for blood cancer diseases.

Division representative: bjorn [dot] nilsson [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (Björn Nilsson, )046-222 07 38

Kajsa paulssonClinical genetics

Clinical genetics covers research into the roles played by inherited and acquired genetic mutations for the onset of various forms of cancer and congenital hereditary diseases. Our research is focused on different aspects of cancer genetics and cancer biology. This includes the identification and characterization of cancer-associated genetic aberrations, investigations of the functional outcome of somatic mutations, and the development of novel targeted therapies for various forms of cancer.

Division representative: kajsa [dot] paulsson [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (Kajsa Paulsson )046-222 69 95

Magnus AbrahamsonClinical chemistry and pharmacology

By analysing tissues, cell cultures and bodily fluids, we identify and characterise the biochemical causes of various functional deficiencies as well as conditions of disease and health. Modern academic pharmacology develops new principles and points of approach for the drug treatments of the future and increases understanding of how current drugs work.

Division representative: magnus [dot] abrahamson [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (Magnus Abrahamson) 046-222 16 48

 Stefan SchwarzMedical microbiology

The division of medical microbiology conducts basic and clinical research into bacteria and viruses, their interactions, cooperation, value and significance for the onset of infections.

Division representative: stefan [dot] schwartz [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (Stefan Schwarz), 046-222 06 28


Gabriela GodalyMicrobiology, immunology and glycobiology (MIG)

We address how the host response determines if infections cause disease or asymptomatic bacterial carriage and novel immune response strategies that can be used therapeutically to strengthen the immune response to replace or complement antibiotics. In addition we have discovered a new cancer therapeutic (HAMLET) and investigate the structure, function and therapeutic efficacy of this molecule.

Division representative: gabriela [dot] godaly [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (Gabriela Godaly,) 0733 381 344

Mikael SigvardssonMolecular haematology

We conduct research into the blood cells’ function and maturity in health and disease by using patient material, animal models as well as cell and molecular biology.

Division representative: Mikael [dot] Sigvardsson [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (Mikael Sigvardsson), 0708 320 120



Jonas LarssonMolecular medicine and gene therapy

We investigate the properties of blood stem cells and develop cell and gene therapies for various blood diseases – including genetic diseases and cancer.

Division representative: Jonas [dot] Larsson [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (Jonas Larsson), 046-222 05 80




Stefan SchedingStem cell research

Stem cells are the source of the body’s various cells and can generate new stem cells, which gives us completely new possibilities to cure difficult diseases. The best known is the transplant of blood-forming stem cells to cure blood cancer. We also research the development of stem cells for the treatment of several other conditions and injuries such as diabetes and neurological diseases.

Division representative Stamcellscentrum: Stefan [dot] Scheding [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (Stefan Scheding, )046-222 33 31


Zaal.KokaiaDirector of Stem Cell Center: Zaal [dot] Kokaia [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (Zaal.Kokaia), 046-222 02 76





Ramin MassoumiTranslational cancer research

Our task is to understand the basic mechanisms behind tumour development. This understanding provides a basis for matching the right drug with the right patient and thereby offer better conditions for individualised treatment of cancer patients.

Division representative: Ramin [dot] Massoumi [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (Ramin Massoumi), 046-222 64 30


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