Published: 18-06-2020 11:31 | Updated: 18-06-2020 11:35

Niklas Björkström receives Anders Jahre's award for younger researchers

Anders Jahre´s Award to younger researchers goes to Niklas Björkström, Center for Infectious Medicine, for his discoveries in how NK cells develop and function in physiological and pathological situations.

Portrait of Niklas Björkström.
Niklas Björkström. Photo: Markus Marcetic

Congratulations Niklas! What does this award mean for you and your group?

“It´s a great honor and very fun! We had a small celebration last week when we had a group meeting. I think everyone in the group will be even more inspired to continue the hard work in the projects we run”, says Niklas Björkström.

What are you focusing on in your research right now?

"We are in the middle of a large covid-19 project that engages many colleagues at CIM, as well as colleagues at the infection clinic and intensive care. It´s extremely challenging but we are also proud to have the opportunity to try to help understanding the Covid-19 disease". 

What are your long term research goals?

"We hope that some of these discoveries will lead to a better understanding of how various liver diseases develop, which is a prerequisite for us to better treat them. In the short term some of our previous research has been the basis for new strategies to treat cancer and colleagues are evaluating this right now in a clinical trial."


Emma Karlsson Communications Officer