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Hello new staff #3

We are happy to introduce new colleagues at the Department of Laboratory Medicine. Welcome!

Anh Tran, Post doc

Division of Pathology / Göran Andersson

Anh did her Bachelor of Science (Hons) with majors in Anatomy and Human Biology, and Pathology, at the University of Western Australia, Australia (2010-2014). She then did her Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Sciences at the University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom (2014-2018), where she was a Marie Curie Initial Training Network early stage researcher in EUROCLAST, a European osteoclast consortium. Her PhD thesis was about examining the role of a specific intracellular pathway in osteoclast function. She is now at Karolinska Institutet as a postdoctoral researcher in Göran Andersson's group, where she will be developing an artificial bone remodelling system to study factors that regulate bone degradation and formation.

Rosita Christensen, Lecturer

Division of Pathology

Rosita is a lecturer in pathophysiology for the nursing program. She has a M.A. in Pedagogy, B.A. in Physiology and M.A in Naprapathy. She is also a text book author. Rosita has worked as a teacher for about 25 years, previously in her private education company and at the nursing program at the Red Cross College University.

She also participates in a research project, at the University of Linköping, in the field of body temperature (”Heat stress from enclosed vehicles”).

Jiangrong Wang, Post doc

Division of Pathology / Joakim Dillner

Jiangrong came to Sweden in 2012 from China. She did her PhD in Epidemiology in Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics of KI. She started the post doc position in May this year, employeed by Doctor Karin Sundström in Joakim Dillner’s group. She is involved in projects of detecting epigenomic biomarkers of female cancers using cervical screening samples; designing register-based surveillance of HPV vaccine effectiveness under the two-dose schedule; as well as investigating the increase of cervical cancer incidence in Sweden.

Ali Razaghi, Postdoc

Division of Pathology / Mikael Björnstedt

Ali Razaghi has been graduated in medical biotechnology/cancer therapeutics PhD at James Cook University in Australia; his thesis titled "the production of recombinant human interferon gamma as an immuno-therapeutic" exploring apoptotic/ anti-proliferative effects of human interferon gamma on drug-resistant ovarian cancer cell lines. He completed his Master’s degree in Biology/ Biotechnology at the Sverige Lantsbruks Universitet/ Göteborgs Universitet in Sweden and Leibniz University Hannover in Germany. In both masters and doctoral education, he gained experience in the use of mammalian and microbial cell cultivation, qPCR, ELISA, immuno-blotting, flow-cytometry, gene cloning, transformation and many other genomic and proteomic skills. He joined the Laboratory for Clinical Pathology and Cytology at Karolinska Institute as a postdoc to pursue research on selenium compound chemotherapy.

Ulla Nordström, Educational administrator

Division of Pathology

Ulla works as educational administrator and is substitute for Pia Laselle during her parental leave. Ulla has extensive experience in course management at KI, mainly at the medical program.

Gustaf Ahlén, Project leader

Division of Clinical Microbiology / Matti Sällberg

Gustaf has joined the research group of professor Matti Sällberg. He will be working with Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever and viral hepatitis. His most recent appointment was at GE Healthcare working with scale up of cell based vaccine processes. Gustaf has a PhD in Medical Science (Virology) from Karolinska Institutet (2007) and has been working previously at KI for more than 10 years.

Anna Pasetto, Managing director of pre-GMP facility in ANA 8

Division of Clinical Microbiology / Matti Sällberg

Anna did her bachelor and master studies in Molecular Biotechnology at the Bologna University, Italy; doctoral studies in molecular immunology at Karolinska Institute, Sweden; post-doctoral studies in cancer immunotherapy at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA. Here she will participate in research studies focusing on liver cancer and will also be the main contact person for the pre-GMP facility at ANA8.

Ashokkumar Manickam, Postdoc

Division of Clinical Microbiology / Ujjwal Neogi

Ashokkumar Manickam, submitted his Ph.D. synopsis at the department of HIV/AIDS, National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (affiliated to University of Madras, Chennai), India. His research was understanding the transmitted/founder HIV-1 viruses in the establishment of the infection. He chose to work on this aspect to characterize this particular population of the virus and to perform an in-depth analysis of the conformational changes in viral envelope proteins that occur during the virus-cell interaction. Here, he has joined in Ujjwal Neogi’s group, LabMed as a Postdoctoral fellow to carry out the studies that involve in understanding the molecular mechanisms and the role of the HIV-1 latent reservoir in inflamm-aging.

Said Havarinasab, Lecturer

Division of Clinical Chemistry

I am employed as a lecturer at the division of clinical chemistry at Karolinska Institutet since March 2018, where I mainly teach in the field of biochemistry and clinical chemistry with emphasis on laboratory methodology. I completed my PhD “Effect of thimerosal on the murine immune system – especially induction of systemic autoimmunity” in 2006 at Linköping University (LiU). My research studies focused on immunological and pathological mechanisms for the induction of autoimmune diseases, such as SLE and SSc, using an animal model. I have also been involved in teaching immunological methods, flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry on the biomedical laboratory sciences program at LiU since 2008 as well as being base group tutor (Problem Based Learning, PBL) for medical students.

Mikael Altun, Senior researcher

Division of Clinical Physiology

I got my doctorate 2007 from the department in Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet, splitting my time between KI, Harvard medical School and Oxford University. After 18 month post-doc at the department of cell biology at KI, I was funded by VR to conduct my post-doc at the University of Oxford. 2011, I was awarded VR junior investigator grant, and 2013 KI-central Assistant Professor position to work on the ubiquitin proteasome system in fundamental and translational biology at the department of medical biochemistry and biophysics. Now in 2018 I will continue the fundamental biologi and translational work around the ubiquitin proteasome system at the division of Clinical Physiology. The focus on translational biology will be around skeletal muscle dynamics, plasticity and repair in aging and pathological conditions e.g heart failure.

Johan Boström, PhD-student

Division of Clinical Physiology/ Mikael Altun

Johan studied Molecular Biology at Lund University follwoed by a Master programme in Biomedicine here at Karolinska. Now he is on his fourth year as a PhD student studying the role of the ubiquitin system in cell cycle and DNA damage response pathways.

Martina Lystedt, HR supervisor

Administration council

Martina works as Labmed’s HR supervisor, substitute for Anna Rönnbäck during her parental leave. Most recently she worked at the Swedish Competition Authority as human resources officer and before that at a law firm as HR coordinator.

Michael Davoren, Technician

Administration council

Mike comes from Kerry in Ireland originally. He has worked in FYFA and Biomedicum in KI Solna previously and will now work as a Technician in ANA8.

Staff changes

Lili Andersson, division administrator

Lili works as division administrator at the divison of clinical immunology & transfusion medicine in the group of Katarina Le Blanc. From 28 September Lili will be assisting two other groups as well.

Lili’s work will be divided as follows: At the Le Blanc group (40%) and at the division of clinical chemistry (50%), Lennart Hammarström’s group (10%).

Marjan Amiri, Laboratory safety coordinator ANA 8

Marjan has previously worked as environmental intendent for the department since 1 july, 2015. From 1 July 2018 her role is working 100% as laboratory safety coordinator for ANA 8.