Published: 09-12-2021 11:23 | Updated: 10-05-2022 15:38

Letter from the Head of Labmed #3

Dear colleagues at Labmed!

Photo of Matti Sällberg with santa hat
Matti Sällberg Foto: Andreas Andersson,Christina Sundqvist

We are just now in a period where we do not really not know what will happen with the spread of COVID-19. Looking at Norway and Denmark one may expect an increase in the spread, but we just have to wait and see. The SARS-CoV-2 has surprised us many times and shown that it's extremely hard to predict how the pandemic will develop. However, the vaccines have clearly shown that they protect us against severe disease regardless of the variant spreading. Thus, the future is bright, but the road may still be bumpy.

As you have all probably seen and heard, the Swedish Public Health Agency has recently issued new restrictions in which they, among other things, once again call for distance and to avoid larger crowds in order to limit the spread of the virus. At Labmed, we always follow the Public Health Agency and KI central guidelines. These guidelines, in consultation with your immediate manager, determine how you should act at your workplace.

At Labmed, we are slowly undergoing a generational change, among other things, we have some new strong young professors. In addition, our entire business develops, for example. with new recruitments and through investments in skills development. We have a very strong infrastructure with state-of-the-art equipment. One challenge is of course the cost of the facilities (like the rest of KI) which we are constantly discussing with KI centrally and with the government, but I think it is clear that the facility has helped us in our development.

Finally I would like to thank you all for a good collaboration in 2021 and hope for a new successful 2022.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Matti Sällberg
Head of Department of Laboratory Medicine

Education at Labmed

On November 22, the Educational management at Labmed sent a letter with the latest news to all Labmed staff. The sender is "Educational management at LABMED".

A selection of its content:

  • Full activity is ongoing with the new master's program in biomedical laboratory science.
  • Students on the BMA program have been honored in this year's competition "The Global Undergraduate Awards".
  • Winner of this year's KLOK award has been nominated.
  • and much more....
Portrait photos of four people from the Educational Programme Management at Labmed.
Educational Management at Labmed. From left: Peter Bergman, Lars Frelin, Karin Bouma, Busra Kocaturk. Photo: N/A

Information about "this and that"


Physical Labmed information meeting in January

Let’s kick-off 2022 with a physical Labmed information meeting on 25th January. An Outlook invitation has been sent out to all Labmed staff. Welcome!
(Note. We will follow The Public Health Agencies recommendations and if necessary, switch the meeting to digital depending on current status. More information will come later.)

New Professor

On the 19th October President Ole-Petter Ottersen decided to appoint Samir EL Andaloussi as Professor in Biomolecular medicine and Avancerad therapies.

Read the interview with Samir:

New head at the Division of Pathology

From 1st January 2022 the Division of Pathology will have a new head - Jonas Fuxe.

Read what Jonas thinks about his new role:

Dhifaf Sarhan, new associate professor in Immunology

On 16th November Dhifaf Sarhan was appointed as Associate Professor in Immunology at the Division of Pathology,

New research group leaders – Joel och Sara Windahl

We have two new research group leaders - Joel Nordin at BCM and Sara Windahl at Pathology. Congratulations and good luck with future challenges.

Anna Wiik – new member of The Pedagogical Academy

We are happy to announce that of three new elected members of The Pedagogical Academy, one of them is Anna Wiik at the Department of Laboratory Medicine.


Anthony Wright is new chairperson of the Programme committee

From 1st April 2022 Tony is chairperson of the Programme committee Programmes in Biomedicine.


Jonas Söderquist foundation – Soham Gupta

Soham Gupta at the Division of Clinical Microbiology is one of two who is awarded funding from the Jonas Söderquists foundation. Congrats Soham!

Read the Motivations from the reviewer group:

17,9 MSEK from Cancerfonden to researchers at Labmed

Congratulations to the 7 researchers at Labmed who received funds from Cancerfonden 2022-2024.

Two of the world's most highly cited researchers work at Labmed 

two researchers from Labmed are listed as highly cited researchers compiled by Clarivate, the company behind Web of Science.


Matti Sällberg receives the Researcher of the Year award from Forska!Sverige

With the Research of the year award, Forska!Sverige wants to draw attention to those who were in the very first stage of dealing with the pandemic.…


New centre will make us better prepared for the next health crisis

The President of KI informs on his blog that KI will establish a Health Emergency and Pandemic Science Centre to make us better prepared for the next health crisis.