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Division of Infectious Diseases and Dermatology

The research at the unit is focused around studies on how the interplay between humans and micro-organisms results in disease and how this can be treated and prevented.

The unit operates at Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet at the Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge. It is has gained international recognition within antimicrobial treatment and has a long tradition of global collaborations. The vision is to be a leading translational research center through which new treatments and diagnostics rapidly can be applied into clinical care.

Research areas

The research ranges from experimental to clinical oriented research with focus on the translational aspect, including clinical trials of anti-microbial treatment and vaccines.

In addition, involvement in cohort-studies with large patient-material is increasing. A strong commitment is research and collaboration with partners in low-middle income countries, in especially Africa and Asia.

Research areas include:

  • Viral/ microbial immunology
  • Antiviral/ antimicrobial therapy
  • Clinical bacterial infections
  • Clinical HIV research
  • Clinical Hepatitis research
  • Clinical trials/ Cohort studies
  • Global Health, Epidemiology
  • Skin disease

Presently, four fields of research dominate: HIV, hepatitis and tuberculosis, and clinical research on bacterial infections.

Centre for HIV research

Research groups

Soo Aleman

Clinical and translational studies on viral hepatitis

Jan Andersson

Viral/microbial immunology

Lennart Emtestam

Skin diseases

Bengt Gårdlund

Pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of severe infections

Urban Hellgren

Antimalarial drugs

Christer Lidman

Drug related infections in injecting drug users (IDU)

Karin Lindahl, Robert Schvarcz

Clinical and pharmacological research on viral hepatitis

Lars Lindquist

Antiviral/ antimicrobial therapy/ Clinical trials/ Cohort studies/ Global Health (no webpage)

Anders Sönnerborg

HIV-1 and hepatitis

Ola Weiland

Antiviral therapy, immunology and long-term follow-up in chronic viral hepatitis C and B infections

Katarina Westling

Infective endocarditis


Jan Andersson, Professor, Senior MD

Johanna Brännström, Senior Researcher, MD

Christina Carlander, Senior Researcher, MD
Lennart Emtestam, Professor
Karolin Falconer, MD, PhD
Bengt Gårdlund, MD, PhD, Docent
Amanda Häggblom, Postdoc, MD
Hassan Killasli, PhD-student

Natalia Kuzmina

Martin Kåberg

Jan Lapins
Christer Lidman, Associate Professor, MD, PhD
Karin Lindahl, Senior Researcher, MD
Gudrun Lindh, Associate Professor, MD
Lars Lindqvist, Visiting Professor
Jonas Sundén-Cullberg, MD, PhD
Veronica Svedhem, Senior Researcher
Anders Sönnerborg, Head of the unit, Professor, MD, PhD
Fritzi Töpfer, PhD-student
Ola Weiland, Professor, MD
Katarina Westling, MD, Senior Researcher


​Unit for Infectious Diseases and Dermatology

Adress: I73, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, 141 86 Stockholm, Sweden

Head of unit


Anders Sönnerborg

Enhet: Enheten för infektion och hud



Mary Hyll

Telefon: 08-585 819 19
Enhet: Enheten för infektion och hud