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About me

Professor in Pharmacology, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China

Associate Professor (Docent) in Medical Inflammation Research, MBB, Stockholm, Sweden


2006 - Doctor of Medical Science (Dr.Med.Sci.), Medical Faculty, Lund University, Sweden

1996 - Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), School of Biological Sciences, Madurai Kamaraj University, India

1988 - Master of Science (M.Sc.), Biochemistry, University of Madras, India

1986 - Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), University of Madras, India

Research description

Specific Aims of Research: Kutty Selva Nandakumar

  • To understand the pathogenic mechanisms involved at the effector phase of arthritis using IgG antibodies
  • To study specific cleavage of IgG as new avenue for treating inflammation
  • To characterize biocompatible and biodegradable thermo-responsive polymers as new adjuvants
  • To explore pathogenic and protective autoantibody interactions with chondrocytes
  • To investigate how estrogen affects antibody synthesis, glycosylation and effector functions in arthritis

Main Supervisor for Ph.D. students

  • Gonzalo Fernandez (2014 - )
  • Du Ning Cao (2017 -)

Co-supervisor for Ph.D. students

  • Erik Lönnblom (2012- ) - Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics - Environmental factors in arthritis
  • Alex Bersellini Farinotti (2014 - ) - Department of Physiology and Pharmacology - Electrophysiology of Pain induced by antibodies
  • Clara Marquina (2014 - ) - Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics - Positional identification of inflammatory genes 

Mentor for Ph.D. student

  • Sakthi Vignesh (2014- ) - Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Karolinska University Hospital


Teaching portfolio


2015    Open Network Learning (ONL141) course, LIME, Karolinska Institute
2014    Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, LIME, Karolinska Institute
2013    Project Management for Research Leaders, Karolinska Institute
2012    Pedagogy for doctoral supervisors, LIME, Karolinska Institute
2012    Web Course for supervisors, LIME, Karolinska Institute
2011    Teaching international students, LIME, Karolinska Institute
2009    Advanced course on Communication and learning, LIME, Karolinska Institute
2009    Postgraduate supervisor training course, LIME, Karolinska Institute
2009    Basic Course in Education for University Teachers, LIME, Karolinska Institute
2002    Basic course on Oral communication, Lund University

Academic honours, awards and prizes

  • Scientific Project Evaluator for Foundations in Sweden, UK, The Netherlands and EU
  • PhD Thesis Evaluations: Sweden, Spain, India
  • Adhoc referee for > 30 journals
  • Editorial Board member for PeerJ


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