Rasmus Gustafsson

Rasmus Gustafsson

Affiliated to Research
Visiting address: L8:05, CMM Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset Solna, 17176 Stockholm
Postal address: K8 Klinisk neurovetenskap, K8 Neuro Kockum, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • *Publication list*
    1. Lundström W, *Gustafsson R*. Human Herpesvirus 6A Is a Risk
    Factor for Multiple Sclerosis. Front Immunol. 2022 Feb 10
  • 13:840753. doi:
    2. Viktor Grut, Martin Biström, Jonatan Salzer, Pernilla Stridh,
    Daniel Jons, *Rasmus Gustafsson*, Anna Fogdell-Hahn, Jesse Huang, Nicole
    Brenner, Julia Butt, Noemi Bender, Anna Lindam, Lucia Alonso-Magdalena,
    Martin Gunnarsson, Magnus Vrethem, Tomas Bergström, Oluf Andersen, Ingrid
    Kockum, Tim Waterboer, Tomas Olsson, Peter Sundström. Cytomegalovirus
    seropositivity is associated with reduced risk of multiple sclerosis – a
    presymptomatic case-control study. Eur J Neurol. 2021 Jun 9. Doi:
    3. Jing Wu, Elin Engdahl, *Rasmus Gustafsson*, Anna Fogdell-Hahn, Tim
    Waterboer, Jan Hillert, Tomas Olsson, Lars Alfredsson, Anna Karin Hedström.
    High antibody levels against HHV-6A interact with lifestyle factors in MS
    development. Mult Scler. 2021 Jun 14. doi: 10.1177/13524585211022011.
    4. *Gustafsson R*. Human Herpesvirus 6A Induces Dendritic Cell Death
    and HMGB1 Release without Virus Replication. Pathogens. 2021 Jan 11
  • 10(1):57.
    doi: 10.3390/pathogens10010057.
    5. M. Biström, D. Jons, Engdahl E, *Gustafsson R*, Huang J, Brenner
    N, Butt J, Alonso-Magdalena L, Gunnarsson M, Vrethem M, Bender N, Waterboer
    T, Granåsen G, Olsson T, Kockum I, Andersen O, Fogdell-Hahn A, Sundström P.
    Epstein-Barr virus infection after adolescence and human herpesvirus 6A as
    risk factors for multiple sclerosis. European Journal of Neurology Eur J
    Neurol. 2021 Feb
  • 28(2):579-586. doi: 10.1111/ene.14597. Epub 2020 Nov 22
    6. Magnus Hansson, Rasmus Gustafsson, Chloé Jacquet
    Nedia Chebaane, Simon Satchell, Therese Thunberg, Clas Ahlm and Anne-Marie
    Fors Connolly (2020). Cystatin C and α-1-Microglobulin Predict Severe Acute
    Kidney Injury in Patients with Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome.
    Pathogens 2020, 9, 666
  • doi:10.3390/pathogens9080666
    7. Engdahl E, Gustafsson R, Huang J, Biström M, Lima Bomfim I,
    Stridh P, Khademi M, Brenner N, Butt J, Michel A, Jons D, Hortlund M,
    Alonso-Magdalena L, Hedström AK, Flamand L, Ihira M, Yoshikawa T, Andersen
    O, Hillert J, Alfredsson L, Waterboer T, Sundström P, Olsson T, Kockum I and
    Fogdell-Hahn A. (2019). Increased Serological Response Against Human
    Herpesvirus 6A Is Associated With Risk for Multiple Sclerosis. Front.
    Immunol. 10:2715. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2019.02715
    *K.L.R. Gustafsson* [1], T.Renné [2], C.Söderberg-Naucler [3], L.M.Butler
    [4]. Human cytomegalovirus replication induces endothelial cell
    interleukin-11. Cytokine. 2018 Maj 25. doi.org/10.1016/j.cyto.2018.05.018
    9. *Rasmus Gustafsson*, Hannah C. Jeffery, Koon-Chu Yaiw, Vanessa
    Wilhelmi, Ourania N. Kostopoulou, Belghis Davoudi, Afsar Rahbar, Melinda
    Benard, Thomas Renné, Cecilia Söderberg-Nauclér, and Lynn M. Butler.
    Direct infection of primary endothelial cells with human cytomegalovirus
    prevents angiogenesis and migration. J Gen Virol. 2015 Sep 28. doi:
    10. *Gustafsson R*, Svensson M and Fogdell-Hahn A (2015) Modulatory effects
    on dendritic cells by human herpesvirus 6. Front. Microbiol. 6:388. doi:
    11. Nicole Marquardt, Martin A. Ivarsson, Kim Blom, Veronica D. Gonzalez,
    Monika Braun, Karolin Falconer, *Rasmus Gustafsson*, Anna Fogdell-Hahn, Johan
    K. Sandberg, and Jakob Michaëlsson. The human NK cell response to yellow
    fever virus vaccination is largely governed by NK cell differentiation
    independently of NK cell education. The Journal of Immunology 08/2015

  • DOI:10.4049/jimmunol.1401811.
    12. Elin Engdahl, *Rasmus Gustafsson*, Ryan Ramanujam, Emilie Sundqvist,
    Tomas Olsson, Jan Hillert, Lars Alfredsson, Ingrid Kockum, Anna Fogdell-Hahn.
    HLA-A*02 carriership, gender and tobacco smoking, but not multiple sclerosis,
    affects the IgG antibody response against human herpesvirus 6. Human
    Immunology 2014 Jun
  • 75(6):524-30. doi: 10.1016/j.humimm.2014.03.001.
    13. *Gustafsson, R.*, R. Reitsma, A. Stralfors, A. Lindholm, R. Press, and
    A. Fogdell-Hahn. 2013. Incidence of human herpesvirus 6 in clinical samples
    from Swedish patients with demyelinating diseases. Journal of microbiology,
    immunology, and infection. 2013 May 31. doi:pii: S1684-1182(13)00062-5.
    14. *Gustafsson, R. K.*, E. E. Engdahl, O. Hammarfjord, S. B. Adikari, M.
    Lourda, J. Klingstrom, M. Svensson, and A. Fogdell-Hahn. 2013. Human
    herpesvirus 6A partially suppresses functional properties of DC without viral
    replication. PLoS ONE 8:e58122.
    15. *Gustafsson, R. K.*, E. E. Engdahl, and A. Fogdell-Hahn. 2012.
    Development and validation of a Q-PCR based TCID50 method for human
    herpesvirus 6. Virol J 9:311.
    16. Hoof, I., C. L. Perez, M. Buggert, *R. K. Gustafsson*, M. Nielsen, O.
    Lund, and A. C. Karlsson. 2010. Interdisciplinary analysis of HIV-specific
    CD8+ T cell responses against variant epitopes reveals restricted TCR
    promiscuity. J Immunol 184:5383-5391.
    17. Perez, C. L., M. V. Larsen, *R. Gustafsson*, M. M. Norstrom, A. Atlas,
    D. F. Nixon, M. Nielsen, O. Lund, and A. C. Karlsson. 2008. Broadly
    immunogenic HLA class I supertype-restricted elite CTL epitopes recognized in
    a diverse population infected with different HIV-1 subtypes. J Immunol
    *Commisions of trust*
    1. Member of the scientific reviewer board of the journal Pathogens
    (Basel, Switzerland). 2021-present.
    * *
    *Selected grants*
    1) Research grant from the foundation ”Stiftelsen för Gamla
    tjänarinnor” for project on HHV-6 and Alzheimer’s disease, 2020.
    2) Travel grant as invited speaker at the 11th International Conference on
    HHV-6 &
  • 7, Quebec City, Canada, 2019.
    3) Research grant from Neuro Sweden for project on host genetics and HHV-6
    immunity, 2015.
    4) Research grant from The Swedish Association of Persons with Neurological
    Disabilities for project on the effect of HHV-6A on dendritic cells,
    5) Research grant from the HHV-6 foundation, Santa Barbara, CA, for project
    on development of a TCID50 method for HHV-6A and HHV-6B, 2011.
    6) Travel grant from Scandinavian Society for Immunology for the 7th
    International Conference on HHV-6 &
  • 7 [6], Reston, Virginia, USA, 2011.
    7) Faculty funds from the Board of Doctoral Education at Karolinska
    Institutet, KID, 2008-2012.
    1. PhD degree 2013-12-06 from the Karolinska Institute. Thesis title:
    Human herpesvirus 6 in multiple sclerosis: Assay development, immune
    responses and host genetics.
    2. Master of Science in Engineering, Biotechnology, focus on
    molecular biology and pharmacology. Lund University, Sweden 2001-2007. Master
    thesis approved 2007.
    1. Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. 7, 5 hp. Karolinska
    Institutet, Stockholm. Ongoing 2022
    2. Introductory Doctoral Supervision course, four days. Karolinska
    Institutet, Stockholm. 2020
    3. Basic course for project management (XLPM), three days. Semcon AB,
    Stockholm. 2019
    4. Sociology 1-20 p, Lund University, Sweden, autumn semester 2003.
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    [5] https://doi-org.proxy.kib.ki.se/10.1016/j.cyto.2018.05.018
    [6] http://www.hhv-6conference.com/index.php


  • *Pedagogical commitments*
    1) Supervisor for Katie Healy, PhD student from Karolinska Institutet,
    Autumn sem. 2021.
    2) Supervisor for Jacob Degenne, master student from KTH. Spring sem. 2021.
    3) Supervisor for Anna Malin Hallberg, master student from Lund University.
    Autumn sem. 2020.
    4) Supervisor for Josefine Sundgren, master student from Lund University.
    Spring sem. 2020.
    5) Mentor for Qian Xiao, architect student from China. Via The Swedish
    Association of Graduate Engineers. 2019
    6) Co-supervisor for PhD student Ivan Kmezic. Karolinska Institutet.
    7) Mentor for Saraa Wahdan, newly arrived bio-technician from Iraq to
    Sweden. Via The Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers. 2018.
    8) Supervisor for Silvia Karlberg, bachelor student from Karolinska
    Institutet. Spring sem. 2017.
    9) Supervisor for master student Ajay Waghmare from Skövde University.
    Autumn sem. 2015.
    10) Solely responsible for PhD course in Neurovirology, 20 participants.
    Autumn sem. 2011.


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  • Affiliated to Research, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, 2023-2025

Degrees and Education

  • Degree Of Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, 2014

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