Respiratory medicine

The research conducted by the Respiratory Division focuses on inflammatory disorders in the airways and lung parenchyma, and on lung cancer.

The success of much of the research is attributed to an excellent and close collaboration between experienced physicians meeting the patients and a well-equipped and closely located research laboratory with professionals, in particular with expertise within the field of inflammation and immunology.

Research areas

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD  - Magnus Sköld, Åsa Wheelock

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)   - Magnus Sköld

Proteomics applications    - Åsa Wheelock

Sarcoidosis      - Johan Grunewald, Anders Eklund, Jan Wahlström

Smoking-induced autoimmunity      - Jan Wahlström

Head of Respiratory Division

Johan Grunewald

K2 Department of Medicine, Solna

Research groups

Professor Johan Grunewald

Professor Magnus Sköld

Associate professor Åsa Wheelock

Recent Publications

A Gene–Environment Interaction Between Smoking and Gene polymorphisms Provides a High Risk of Two Subgroups of Sarcoidosis

Natalia V. Rivera, Karina Patasova, Susanna Kullberg, Lina Marcela Diaz-Gallo, Tomoko Iseda, Camilla Bengtsson, Lars Alfredsson, Anders Eklund, Ingrid Kockum, Johan Grunewald & Leonid Padyukov 
Nature, Scientific Reports volume 9, Article number: 18633 (2019) PMID: 31819081

Members of Division

Mahmoud Al-Majdoub, Postdoc

Pernilla Darlington Lidin, MD, PHD

Anders Eklund, MD, Professor emeritus

Giovanni Ferrara, associated, MD, PhD, Professor

Jing Gao, MD, Postdoc

Flavia Greiffo, Postdoc

Johan Grunewald, MD, Professor

Reza Karimi, MD, PHD

Susanna Kullberg, MD, PhD

Chuan-Xing Li (Tracy), Senior Postdoc

Natalia Sifaki Rivera, Postdoc

Magnus Sköld, MD, Professor

Jan Wahlström, Associate Professor

Åsa Wheelock, Associate Professor


Doctoral students

Main supervisor Johan Grunewald:

Joanna Werner

Emil Wiklundh Ph.D 11 June 2021

Main supervisor Magnus Sköld:

Ioanna Kotortsi

Melvin Pourbazargan

Ida Belo

Dimitrios Kalafatis

Main supervisor Åsa Wheelock:

Marika Ström

Benedikt Zöhrer


Technical & administrative staff

Maria Ahlsén, PhD, national co-ordinator BronchoScapis

Heléne Blomqvist, Research nurse

Lisa Carlson, RN, Research nurse, national co-ordinator IPF-registry

Margitha Dahl, RN, research nurse

Benita Dahlberg, Biomedichal technician

Monika Ezerskyte, Lab manager

Eva-Marie Karlsson, Administrator

Susanne Schedin, RN, research nurse