About me

Associate professor of ophthalmology

Research group leader


Board certified ophthalmologist

Board certified pathologist

Research description

My research is focused on predicting and preventing death from ocular tumors.

Uveal melanoma is the most common primary intraocular tumor in adults. Almost half of all patients develop metastases even if the eye has been removed. This is believed to be due to so-called micrometastases that leave the primary tumor very early. These micrometastases can remain dormant in their metastatic niche, including the bone marrow and liver, for several years. Once they leave dormancy and start growing, the patient’s prognosis is poor with a median survival of only 4–15 months. Uveal melanoma is thereby a cancer disease with unpredictable, high mortality and limited treatment options. I would like to help remedy this.

Similarly, I am trying to identify high risk groups among patients with retinoblastoma – the most common intraocular tumor in children. In an international research collaboration, we apply digital image analysis to detect genetic and chromosomal aberrations that increase the risk of metastasis.

Teaching portfolio


Alexander Berg Rendahl, M.D. Ph.D. Post doc

Christina Herrspiegel, M.D., Ph.D-student

Viktor Gill, M.D., Ph.D-student

Shiva Sabazade, M.D., Ph.D-student

Adrianna Opalko, M.D.

Basel Haj Hassan, M.D.

Rafel Hameid, M.D.

Elin Asplund, MSc. (Alumni)

Maria Filì, M.D. Ph.D. (Alumni)


2020. Board certified pathologist.

2020. Associate professor of ophthalmology, Karolinska Institutet.

2018-2019. Clinical and Research Fellowship, Ocular Oncology and Pathology, Emory Eye Center, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, USA

2018. Fellow of the European Board of Ophthalmology, FEBO. Board certified ophthalmologist.

2013-2017. Ph.D. Deptartment of Oncology and Pathology, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

2005-2011. University Medical Degree, M.D. Uppsala University, Sweden

2007. Pathology, Université Catholique de Lille, France

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Board member, Clinicum

Board member, Edwin Jordan foundation for ophthalmological research

Clinical postdoctorial appointment, Region Stockholm 2021-2022

Swedish Society of Pathology Dissertation of the Year 2017: Link

Research grants:

The Swedish Cancer Society

Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

The Swedish Society of Medicine

The Swedish Eye Foundation

The Crown Princess Margareta Foundation for the Visually Impaired

Research to Prevent Blindness, Emory University School of Medicine

St. Erik Research Foundation

Karolinska Institutet

Carmen and Bertil Regnér Foundation

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