Per Uhlén Group


Per Uhlén

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 876 77
Organizational unit: Per Uhléns group

Uhlén lab's homepage.


Our research group is studying developmental and cancer related processes in various types of cells. The biological platforms that we are applying are tissue slices, primary cell cultures, cell lines and stem cells. To study the processes of cell division, cell differentiation, and neural migration/networking we are applying state-of-the-art imaging techniques and modern genetic tools, such as transgenic animals. Our focus is to shed light on the intracellular cell signaling mechanisms that regulate these vital processes for development and disease. We are particularly interested in calcium signaling and how cells are modulating and decoding the frequency/amplitude of intracellular calcium oscillations.

Calcium Signaling

Calcium is an almost universal intracellular messenger that controls a vast number of cellular processes spanning from fertilization to cell death. Cells create large calcium concentration gradients (~10'000 to 1) betweCalcium oscillation-modelen the extracellular fluid, cytoplasm, and internal calcium stores by means of calcium-pumps located in the plasma membrane and in the membranes of internal calcium stores. These gradients provide ideal conditions for the use of calcium as a cellular currency that supports the propagation of intracellular calcium waves. The concerted actions of calcium transporters located in the plasma membrane and in the membranes surrounding internal stores, including the endoplasmic and sarcoplasmic reticulum, the mitochondria, and the nucleus, can generate calcium oscillations. As with a radio transmitter, cells exploit the two key features of oscillatory signals - frequency and amplitude - to utilize calcium as a second messenger to generate a large variety of intracellular signals. This is an efficient way to use the same second messenger to activate many different cell processes.

The Lab

The lab is located in the Retzius laboratories at Karolinska Institutet's campus. To study cell signaling events in living cells, tissue, and animals we are applying various imaging techniques, such as ratiometric ion concentration measurements, confocal microscopy, and 2-photon laser scanning microscopy. All imaging setups are available in our laboratory. The unit is well-equipped in a highly vibrant research community with substantial resources and excellent core facilities.

Research group

Uhlén group in May 2009

Ivar DehnischResearch assistant on study grant
Connla EdwardsResearch engineer
Dagmara KaczynskaPhD student
Shigeaki KanataniPostdoc
Lauri LouhivuoriAssociated
Ayako MiyakawaAssociated
Göran MånssonResearch engineer
Nils NorlinAssociated, Assistant professor
Erik SmedlerPhD student
Nobuyuki TanakaAssociated
Per UhlénProfessor
Songbai ZhangSenior lab manager

Post-doctoral positions

Post-doctoral positions are currently available for self-motivated individuals to study the role of calcium signaling in mammalian signal transduction at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden.

Required background experience of applicant: PhD with experience/interest in molecular/cell biology and/or calcium signaling and/or cell imaging.

Supervisor/host: Per Uhlen.

Period: 1-4 year(s).

Position/project financed: Yes.

Place: Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.

Application: Applicants should send their CV and indicate their scientific interests to Selected applicants will be interviewed.

Additional information

Information about Sweden

PostDoc at Karolinska Institutet

Center of Excellence in Developmental Biology