Published: 2020-10-07 07:03 | Updated: 2020-10-07 07:03

Professor Jan Lännergren has passed away

Professor Jan Lännergren, formerly at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, has passed away. Jan Lännergren's research has, among other things, contributed to the knowledge of functional differences in different types of muscle fiber. Jan Lännergren was 81 years old.

Jan Lännergren was born on March 3, 1939 in Stockholm, where he also grew up and completed his medical education. He defended his dissertation in 1967 on the dissertation "Mechanical activity of twitch and slow muscle fibers in Xenopus laevis" at the Nobel Institute of Neurophysiology, Karolinska Institutet. After a post-doc at Andrew Huxley, University College London, Jan Lännergren got a job as a senior lecturer at the then Department of Physiology II. Jan Lännergren became a professor in 2000 and since 2006 has been professor emeritus with connections to Håkan Westerblad's research group.

Jan Lännergren developed unique techniques for studying the function of single, completely intact skeletal muscle fibers. His research has significantly contributed to the knowledge of functional differences in different types of muscle fiber and the mechanisms behind muscle fatigue.

We miss our colleague and friend Professor Emeritus Jan Lännergren who died suddenly at the age of 81. He is most closely mourned by his family, friends and colleagues in Sweden and internationally.