Joseph Carlson's Group

Molecular Gynaecological Cancer Research

In 2016, according to the Swedish Cancer Registry, 2 978 Swedish women were diagnosed with a gynaecologic cancer, making this, when considered as a group, the second most common malignant tumour of women after breast cancer. Research into these tumours is hampered by the large number of tumour sites and types.

The Carlson Team is involved in research in all forms of gynaecologic cancer, and its work is united by the goal of improving patient care by individualizing therapy for these cancers. The Lab is affiliated with the Karolinska Institutets Personalized Cancer Medicine program.


Joseph W. Carlson
Radiumhemmet P1:02
Karolinska University Hospital - Solna
SE-171 76 Stockholm, Sweden
Phone: +46 8 517 745 18

Observership in Gynaecologic Pathology

Current team members

Joseph W. Carlson, MD, PhD, Associate professor (Docent and Adjunct University Lecturer), Team leader
Jordi Gonzalez-Molina, PhD, Postdoc
Elin Hardell, MD, PhD student
Denis Nastic, MD, PhD student
Sandra Wessman, MD, PhD student
Julia Tengelin, MD student

Previous team members

MD thesis students

Karin Malmberg, MD thesis student, Thesis title: Assessing Premalignant Lesions of the Fallopian Tube in Women at High Risk of Ovarian Cancer

Farzaneh Hamzei, MD thesis student, Thesis title: Prognostic Factors in Endometrial Stromal Sarcoma and Undifferentiated Endometrial Sarcoma

Markus Liew, MD thesis student, Thesis title: Biomarkers that improve diagnostics and prognostication of endometrial stromal tumors

Frida Kahlin, MD thesis student, Thesis title: Biopsy Diagnosis of High-Risk and Low-Risk Endometrial Carcinoma: Which Grading System is most Accurate?

Emma Shanwell, MD thesis student, Thesis title: Can immunohistochemistry improve accuracy of endometrial diagnosis?

Lovisa Jarl, MD thesis student, Thesis title: Novel prognostic and diagnostic biomarkers in undifferentiated endometrial sarcomas.

Sofia Josefson, MD thesis student, Thesis title: Validation of mitotic index as a prognostic marker in high grade uterine sarcomas.

Filippa Rydberg, MD thesis student, Thesis Title: The role of The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) subgroups in determining recurrence rate and survival in endometrial carcinoma: Validation in a Swedish cohort.


The present research is generously supported by grants from:

  • The Swedish Cancer Society
  • The Swedish Childhood Cancer Fund
  • The Cancer Research Foundations of the Radiumhemmet
  • Stockholm City Council
  • Magnus Bergvalls Foundation


Publications by Joseph Carlson

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In the news

Article in Radiumhemmets forskningsfonder tematidning (in Swedish)

Oncology in Sweden article from “State of the Art Ovarian Cancer” meeting (in Swedish)

Collaboration with Per Uhlén: 3D-mikroskop ger mer träffsäker cancerdiagnos (in Swedish)

Collaboration with University College London: Identifies New Therapy for Drug Resistant Trophoblastic Neoplasia

Article in the Journal of the Swedish Medical Society (in Swedish)

Article in Clinical Cancer Research


Lectures for the KI medical student course “Den sjuka människan”

Female Reproductive System, part 1 (in Swedish)

Female Reproductive System, part 2 (in Swedish)

Female Reproductive System, part 3 (in Swedish)

Female Reproductive System, part 4 (in Swedish)

Prizes and nominations

Farzaneh Hamzei best thesis spring 2013

Emma Shanwell nominated for best thesis autumn 2014