Division of Rheumatology

Research at the Division of Rheumatology at Karolinska Solna
At the Division of Rheumatology we combine clinical and molecular expertise in order to better understand and treat Rheumatologic diseases. Our researchers covers a wide range of topics related to Rheumatology.

About the Division of Rheumatology

Rheumatology is the field of research, education and care for diseases that affect the musculoskeletal system. These diseases are very common, and comprise both inflammatory disorders such as arthritis, myositis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Sjögren's syndrome etc, and non-inflammatory disorders such as osteoarthritis.

Within the rheumatology field at Karolinska we are carrying out extensive research on the etiology, molecular pathogenesis, therapy and outcomes in several of the most severe chronic rheumatic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), myositis, Sjögren´s syndrome and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The research is translational with several groups of independent but collaborating researchers working in our Division towards a common goal.

Research Groups

Per-Johan Jakobsson

Professor/specialist physician/ Head of Division

Research Group Per-Johan Jakobsson

Translational medical research in inflammatory diseases.

Marie Wahren-Herlenius


Reserch Group Marie Wahren Herlenius.

Experimental Rheumatology
Pathogenesis of the rheumatic autoimmune disease Sjögren's syndrome and congenital heart block - for development of prevention, diagnostics and therapy.


Research Group Helena Erlandsson Harris

Paediatric rheumatology/The role of HMGB1 in chronic inflammatory diseases.

Research Group Lars Klareskog.

Rheumatoid Arthritis.


Research Group Vivianne Malmström.

Autoimmunity and adaptive immunity in rheumatic disease


Research Group Elisabet Svenungsson.

Carmen Gerlach

Principal researcher

Research Group Carmen Gerlach.

Understanding T cell responses.
The Gerlach lab studies immune responses mediated by T cells, in particular CD8 T cells.

Diversity within the T cell response, T cell memory.

Liv Eidsmo

Principal researcher

Research Group Liv Eidsmo.


Stina Nordman


Research Coordinator.

Martina Johannesson

Project coordinator

Phone: +46 737849094.

Research groups

Anti-rheumatic therapies ( Per-Johan Jakobsson )

Research Teams

Myositis and inflammatory diseases (PI Ingrid Lundberg)