Mattias Carlsten

Affiliated to research

About me

I received my MD degree from Karolinska Institutet 2007 after conducting studies within the MD/PhD program. Following completion of my medical intership (Forskar-AT) at the Karolinska University Hospital late fall 2009, I defended my PhD thesis at Karolinska Institutet early spring 2010 supervised by Prof. Karl-Johan Malmbergs and Prof. Rolf Kiessling. I then joined the group of Dr. Richard W. Childs at Hematology Branch, NHLBI, NIH (USA) as a Postdoc 2010. Since 2012 I have been doing my residency/fellowship in Internal Medicine/Hematology at Center for Hematology, Karolinska University Hospital, with the exception of a sabatical between 2013-2015 when I was employed as a Staff Scientist with Dr. Childs at the NIH. From 2016, I am a Research Group leader at Center for Regenerative Medicine and Hematology (HERM), Department of Medicine Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Research description

My research focuses on cancer immunotherapy, with a particular focus on how NK cells can be used to treat cancer. With my experience in bench science and clinical medicine, my projects spans from preclinical basic NK cell biology and tumor immunology studies to translational to early phase clinical trials on NK cell-based cancer immunotherapy and stem cell transplantation. A big focus in my lab is currently how genetic engineering of lymphocytes, including NK cells, can be used to further improve the efficacy of cellular cancer immunotherapies.


2007, MD, Karolinska Institutet

2009, Swedish Medical Practioner License, Karolinska University Hospital

2010, PhD, Karolinska Institutet

2010-2012, Postdoctoral Fellow, Hematology Branch, NHLBI, NIH

2013-2015, Staff Scientist, Hematology Branch, NHLBI, NIH

2012-, Resident/Fellow in Internal Medicine/Hematology, Karolinska University Hospital

2016-, Research Group Leader, HERM, Department of Medicine Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet

Academic honours, awards and prizes

2015, SSMF Stora Anslag

2015, Jeanssons Stiftelser Personal Achievement Award

2012, Translational Research Training in Hematology (TRTH) Award

2010, Dean O’Neill Renal Cancer Cell Research Fellowship

2004, MD/PhD program at Karolinska Institutet

2000, Läkarutbildningen med forskningsinriktning (LäFo), Karolinska Institutet