Reza Rasti

Affiliated to Research
Visiting address: Tomtebodavägen 18A, 17177 Stockholm
Postal address: K9 Global folkhälsa, K9 GPH Alfvén, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I am a paediatrician working with paediatric rheumatology at Astrid Lindgren
    Children's Hospital/Karolinska University Hospital.
    In February 2022 I defended my doctoral thesis, entitled "Point-of-care
    diagnostics of childhood central nervous system infections, with a focus on
    usability in low-resource settings", at the Department of Global Public
    During my doctoral studies, I examined: clinician experiences and requests on
    the use of point-of-care tests, in Uganda and Stockholm
  • participated in the
    development of a new diagnostic assay printed on paper with capability of
    cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) microbiology
  • and field-evaluated the clinical
    utility of a polymerase chain reaction instrument that is available on the
    market, in Ugandan children with suspected CNS infection.
    2017: Awarded a fully funded personal 4 year scholarship by Stockholm County
    Council (research residency) to combine residency in Paediatrics with PhD
    2016: Awarded funding by Stockholm South General Hospital for my research
    project and to attend a research school.
    2005: Awarded a scholarship by the Olof Palme Memorial Fund, to attain
    establishment of a student project in Nairobi, Kenya
    2016 - 2022: Doctoral studies at Department of Global Public Health,
    Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
    2019 - 2019: Paediataric specialty training at Sachs Children and Youth
    Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden
    2004 - 2010: BSc and MSc in Medicine, University of Southern Denmark, Odense,
    2000 - 2002: MSc in Computer Science &
  • Technology, Chalmers University of
    Technology, Göteborg, Sweden.


  • My research embodies the use of point-of-care (POC) diagnostic tools in
    health systems of low-income countries, as well as in Sweden.
    Through an interdisciplinary and international team of collaborators in
    Sweden and Uganda, we are researching on the current use of, need for and
    requests on existing and future POC tools, amongst clinicians, primary with a
    paediatric focus.
    Our team includes paediatricians, anthropologists, microbiologists,
    laboratory technicians, infectious disease specialists, nanobiotechnologists,
    chemists and physicists, in both countries, all working towards identifying
    characteristics of needed POC tests and concurrently developing and
    clinically evaluating a novel method for rapid microbiology of bacterial
    meningitis in low-income settings.
    Our collaborators in Sweden are: Karolinska Institutet, Science for Life
    Laboratory, Uppsala University and Uppsala University Hospital.
    In Uganda we are partnered with Mbarara University of Science &
  • Technology,
    Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital and Epicentre MSF, in Mbarara, southwest


  • Through my PhD project I have had the opportunity to lecture students of an
    international master program in Global Child Health, at the Department of
    Women's &
  • Children's Health, Uppsala University.
    Presentations have also been conducted with colleagues in clinical care in
    Sweden and Uganda.


All other publications


  • Affiliated to Research, Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, 2022-2024

Degrees and Education

  • Degree Of Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, 2022

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