Dermatology and Venereology research

The skin and the mucous membranes constitute our main protective interface against the environment and are highly dynamic organs with critical biological functions. Skin diseases are prevalent and include a wide range of disorders, some of which are among the most common diseases in our society such as eczema, psoriasis and skin cancer.

Dermatological research is facing similar challenges as other areas in biomedicine. While the genetic basis for several rare diseases have been unravelled during recent years, we still struggle to comprehend basic biology and pathology of the common diseases. Understanding underlying mechanisms will facilitate the development of more specific therapies and at best even cure, which is the ultimate goal of research. In recent years, we have experienced a promising development towards more powerful and targeted treatments in dermatology, a result of successful basic and clinical research in combination.

Dermatological research thrives from multidisciplinary networking and interactions; we study all ages from infants to the elderly and fundamental processes like inflammation and cancer. As our protective shield, skin will respond to all insults from the environment, be it microbial or toxic. We work with an organ that can be easily inspected and accessed. and skin is in fact ideal for developing experimental models to study basic biology.

Venereology research is a core area ranging from clinical epidemiology to preclinical work on disease mechanisms and pathology. The epidemiology of venereal diseases is dynamic with profund implications in clinical medicine and this is an area with high potential for successful prevention with the development of effective vaccines.

At the Karolinska Institutet, dermatology and venereology holds a solid position both in research and education. Large genetic and epidemiologic projects have been formed around chronic inflammatory skin diseases, skin cancer is studied in collaboration with international cancer networks and occupational and environmental dermatology is progressive.

Projects in Dermatology and Venereology

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Researchers and Research areas

ResearcherResearch area

Mona StåhlePsoriasis, Inflammation, Genetics, Wound Healing

Maria BradleyAtopic eczema - genetics and epidemiology

Bernt LindelöfEpidemiology of skin tumours

Pernilla NikamoGenetics of psoriasis

Klas NordlindNeurocutaneous interaction

Lars NorlénSkin barrier

Andor PivarcsiMicroRNA in skin cancer and inflammation

Enikö Pivarcsi SonkolyThe role of microRNA in skin inflammation

Carl-Fredrik WahlgrenAtopic eczema, Hereditary angioedema

Ning Xu LandénMicroRNAs in wound healing

Research Groups

Research Group Maria Bradley

Research Group Ning Xu Landén

Research Group Enikö Sonkoly

Research Klas Nordlind

Research Mona Ståhle


PhD students

Stanley Sing-Hoi Cheuk

Kristina Dahlman Ghozlan

Emma Johansson

Maria Karlsson

Britta Krynitz

Josefin Lysell

Louise Lönndahl

Elisa Martini

Florian Meisgen

Axel Svedbom


Temp. Head of Division

Gunnar Nilsson

K2 Department of Medicine, Solna