Unit of Gastroenterology and Rheumatology

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The unit of Gastroenterology and Rheumatology consists of two distinct operations that have inflammation in common. We have research groups within inflammatory and metabolic liver diseases, cholestatic liver diseases, gastrointestinal motility disorders and rheumatology.

Research areas

The rheumatology research focuses on the diseases rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. The research in gastroenterology and hepatology focus on inflammatory changes that lead to dysfunction, fibrosis, and in later stages to cancer in the intestines and liver.

There are large groups of patients suffering from these diseases. Up to ten percent suffer from motility disorders, and liver disease is increasing in society. Our research is performed by many different techniques such as epidemiology, patient-oriented research with randomized trials as well as advanced studies in materials from patients.

Research groups

Group leader

Research focus

Annika Bergquist

The liver disease Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC)

Niklas Björkström Human tissue-resident NK cells
Ingiäld Hafström


Per Stål 

MILES - Metabolic and inflammatory liver diseases

Greger Lindberg No webpage


Anna Abrahamsson, Associated
Sofia Ajeganova, PhD student
Francisco Baldaque Silva,  Associated
Ammar Barakat , PhD student
Lena Berglin, PhD student
Annika Bergquist, Group leader
Karl Björkström, PhD student
Johan Bratt, Associated
Aldona Dlugosz, Scientist
Kristina Eckes, Associated
Kurt Einarsson, emeritus
Ann-Charlotte Elkan, Associated
Inga-Lill Engvall, Associated
Ingiäld Hafström, Group Leader
Hannes Hagström, PhD student
Annika Karlsson, Associated
Despina Katsika, Associated
Greger Lindberg, Group Leader

Lina Lindström, PhD student

Catarina Lindqvist, PhD student
Mattias Lissing, Medical Doctor
Mikael Lördal, Associated
Hanns-Ulrich Marschall, Associated
Ghazaleh Mohammadian Kermani, PhD student
Antti Oksanen, Associated
Erik von Seth, PhD student
Knut Stokkeland, Scientist
Per Stål, Group Leader
Staffan Wahlin, Associated

Robin Zenlander, PhD student


Head of unit

Head of unit

Annika Bergquist

Organizational unit: Unit for Gastroenterology and Rheumatology
Department: Department of Medicine, Huddinge (MedH), H7
E-mail: Annika.Bergquist@ki.se


Annika Karlsson

Phone: +46-(0)8-585 800 93
Organizational unit: Unit for Gastroenterology and Rheumatology
E-mail: annika.m.karlsson@ki.se

Gastroenterology and HepatologyRheumatology