Marie Wahren-Herlenius

Marie Wahren-Herlenius

Professor | Head of department | Docent
Visiting address: CMM, L8:04, Karolinska universitetssjukhuset, 17176 Stockholm
Postal address: K2 Medicin, Solna, K2 Reuma Wahren-Herlenius M, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • - Professor of Experimental Rheumatology, Karolinska Institutet
    - Head, Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet (
    - International experience as postdoc/visiting scientist/visiting professor from University of Bergen, Norway, University of Tokyo, Japan and Harvard Medical School, USA
    - Recieved the Göran Gustafssons prize in Medicine, the Nanna Svartz prize for Rheumatologic research, Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology's prize for rheumatologic research, the IMID-prise for research on immune-mediated inflammatory disease from the Swedish societies of dermatology, rheumatology and gastroenterology
    - Awarded Best abstract of the year by the Swedish Rheumatology Association (three times)
    - Theses from my group awarded Best PhD thesis of the year by the Swedish Rheumatology Association (three times)
    - President, The Scandinavian Society for Immunology 2010-2015
    - President, Junior Faculty, Karolinska Institutet 2002-2005
    - President, PhD student's association, Karolinska Institutet 1991

    - PhD, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Karolinska Institutet 1994
    - Medical Degree, Karolinska Institutet 1995
    - Docent of Molecular Immunologi 1999
    - Licensed physician 2000


  • Our research is focused on autoimmune rheumatic diseases, and aims at understanding the pathogenesis and disease mechanisms for development of novel diagnostics and treatment. Our projects include basic cell and molecular biology, studies in experimental models as well as clinical and epidemiological patient-based investigations. The research group includes around 15 scientists from basic and clinicial disciplines.


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  • Professor, Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, 2006-

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 1999
  • University Medical Degree, Karolinska Institutet, 1996

Leadership and responsibility assignments

  • Head of department, Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, 2021-

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