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About me

I am Dean of Higher Education since 1 January 2015, Professor of Renal and Transplantation Pathology at the Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology (CLINTEC) and Senior Consultant in Clinical Pathology at the Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge.

I perform research in both renal medicine and medical education. The medical research project is focused on studies of the underlying mechanisms of different kidney diseases. The medical education research project aims to understand how emotionally difficult situations affect learning for medical, nursing, and teacher students. I am a member of the Pedagogical Academy at Karolinska Institutet. I have received the KI Pedagogical Prize and a prize for clinical supervisors at Karolinska University Hospital. 

I have a deep, long-standing commitment to education, and have devoted myself to this vital area in my capacity a former member of the medical programme committee and director and coordinator of the Centre for Clinical Education. Today, I combine clinical work with research and education in pathology and other subjects. Working as a teacher, clinician and researcher is a privilege, and now that I am part of KI’s academic management I can help all areas to grow and develop even more.


  • MD, Karolinska Institutet, 1991
  • Dr Med Sc, Karolinska Institutet, 1990
  • “Teachers of the future”, Karolinska Institutet, 2000-2002
  • Associate Professor, Karolinska Institutet, 2003
  • Senior Consultant in Clinical Pathology, Karolinska University Hospital, 2004
  • IMEX - International Medical Educators Exchange 2011-2013
  • Professor, Karolinska Institutet, 2016

Teaching Experience

Since 1986, I have been teaching pathology in several  educational programs and also been a director of studies and a course coordinator. For several years I was the director of studies (programstudierektor) at Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge. I have developed courses and participated in the change of the medical program (LUT). Since several years,  I perform educational development and research where I,  among other things, have developed case seminars in pathology for students at several programs (medical- , dental- , nursing -, medical informatics and biomedical programs), and have also participated in the development of new examination forms.

Research description

I am the principal investigator of research in kidney diseases and in medical education. I have published 69 scientific articles and I have as a principal supervisor three PhD students and two who have completed a doctoral degree. I am also a co-supervisor of nine PhD students, six of whom have completed a doctoral degree, two a licentiate degree and one is ongoing.

My current research in kidney diseases is mainly funded by ALF. The project aims to gain a better understanding of the causes of different types of renal disease. By collaborating closely with several clinics, we carefully characterize patients undergoing renal biopsy. The aim of the project is to prevent disease and to improve methods for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. As part of this project I am collaborating with researchers in Central America to find out why young men working on sugar cane plantations suffer from chronic renal failure.

My current educational research is funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR) and ALF. My colleagues and I are studying how emotionally stressful situations affect medical, nursing and teacher students in their studies. The project is performed in collaboration with Linköping University and aims to obtain a better understanding of the students' development and socialization into their professional roles and what the educational programmes can do to better support the students ahead of their future profession.

Selected publications Medicine:

Plekhh2, a novel podocyte protein downregulated in human focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, is involved in matrix adhesion and actin dynamics.
Perisic L, Lal M, Hulkko J, Hultenby K, Önfelt B, Sun Y, et al
Kidney Int. 2012 Nov;82(10):1071-83

Intentional ABO-incompatible heart transplantation: a case report of 2 adult patients.
Tydén G, Hagerman I, Grinnemo K, Svenarud P, van der Linden J, Kumlien G, et al
J. Heart Lung Transplant. 2012 Dec;31(12):1307-10

Neuronal proteins are novel components of podocyte major processes and their expression in glomerular crescents supports their role in crescent formation.
Sistani L, Rodriguez P, Hultenby K, Uhlen M, Betsholtz C, Jalanko H, et al
Kidney Int. 2013 Jan;83(1):63-71

Clinical and pathological characterization of Mesoamerican nephropathy: a new kidney disease in Central America.
Wijkström J, Leiva R, Elinder C, Leiva S, Trujillo Z, Trujillo L, et al
Am. J. Kidney Dis. 2013 Nov;62(5):908-18

Update on endemic nephropathies.
Wernerson A, Wijkström J, Elinder C
Curr. Opin. Nephrol. Hypertens. 2014 May;23(3):232-8

Seleced publications Pedagogics:

To be and to have a critical friend in medical teaching.
Dahlgren L, Eriksson B, Gyllenhammar H, Korkeila M, Sääf-Rothoff A, Wernerson A, et al
Med Educ 2006 Jan;40(1):72-8

Meaningful learning: students' perceptions of a new form of case seminar in pathology.
Weurlander M, Masiello I, Söderberg M, Wernerson A
Med Teach 2009 Jun;31(6):e248-53

Weurlander M, Söderberg M, Hult H, Wernerson A. 
Exploring formative assessment as a tool for learning: students' experiences of different methods of formative assessment. 
Assessment and Evaluation, iFirst, 1-14, 2011. 
Weurlander M, Scheja M, Hult H, Wernerson A. 
Emotionally challenging learning situations: medical students’ experiences of autopsies. 
Int J Med Ed; 3; 63-70, 2012. 
Turunen Olsson P, Weurlander M, Mattiasson A-C, Wärn Hede G, Panagiotidis G, 
Broberger B, Hult H, Wernerson A. 
“It´s all connected!” Nursing students´experiences of an integrated case seminar. 
Accepted for publication in Innov Educ Teach Int

Academic honours, awards and prizes

  • Huddinge Hospital Award for clinical supervisors 2003
  • Member of the Karolinska Institute's Pedagogical Academy since 2011
  • Karolinska Institutet's Pedagogical Prize 2012