Unit of Heart and Lung Diseases

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The unit's vision is to contribute to improved care in heart and lung diseases. To achieve this, we work with scientific evaluation and development of current diagnosis and treatment, and also with development of new mechanistic knowledge, diagnosis and treatment.

Research areas


Within cardiology we conduct patient-oriented research and translational research.

The patient-oriented research focuses on improved instruments for the diagnosis and prognosis of ischemic heart disease and heart failure. This includes evaluation of established and new circulating markers of diagnostic imaging and measurement of cardiac function such as ultrasound/ Doppler measurements, scintigraphy and MRI. New methods and algorithms in image diagnostics are evaluated.

Electrophysiological examination and treatment (ablation) are also evaluated in terms of mechanisms of heart rhythm and different types of arrhythmia. Within the translational sector we study the possibilities of regenerative cardiology.

Lung diseases

Within Lung diseases we conduct research on asthma and allergic diseases.

A human research programme to improve phenotyping of asthma and other mast cell mediated disorders. The goal is to develop diagnostic biomarkers and define new treatment strategies for different phenotypes of asthma and allied disorders.

Research groups

Group leader Research focus
Kenneth R. Chien Heart Stem Cell and Developmental Biology, Regenerative Cardiovascular Medicine
Anna Freyschuss Microcirculation (only in SWE)
Reidar Winter Echocardiographic techniques

Mats Jensen-Urstad

Inger Hagerman Heart failure
Tomas Jernberg Coronary artery diseases
Christer Sylvén Regenerative cardiology
Barbro Dahlén Phenotyping of asthma and other mast cell mediated disorders


Stefan Agewall, Associated
Hamid Bastani, Associated
Kameran Daham, Clinical assistant
Barbro Dahlén, Group Leader
Christian Danielsson, Associated
Marianne Eduards, Nurse
Elzafir Elsheikh, Postdoc
Ulrika Felldin, PhD student
Mats Thomas Flodin, PhD student
Anna Freyschuss, Associated
Rami Genead, Postdoc
Pia Ghosh, Associated
Inger Hagerman, Research scientist
Elisabeth Henriksson, Laboratory technologist
Per Wilhelm Insulander, Associated
Mats Jensen-Urstad, Head of unit, Group Leader, Adjunct Professor
Tomas Jernberg, Associated
Göran Kennebäck, Associated
Ann-Sofie Lantz, Research nurse
Johan Larsson, PhD student
Nikolaos Lazarinis, PhD student
Stefan Lind, Associated
Anita Lindberg, Associated
Agneta Lindeberg, Research nurse
Dina Melki, PhD student
Habib Mir-Akbari, PhD student
Agneta Månsson-Broberg, Associated
Magnus Nygren, PhD student
Andreas Rück, Associated
Bita Sadigh Lindell, Associated
Anders Sahlén, Associated
Karin Strandberg, Associated
Christer Sylvén,  Group Leader
Karolina Elizabeth Szummer, Associated
Shams Younis-Hassan, Associated


Head of unit

Adjunct professor

Mats Jensen-Urstad

E-mail: Mats.Jensen-Urstad@ki.se