Rasmus Gustafsson

Affiliated to research

Teaching portfolio

Pedagogical commitments

  1. Supervisor for Katie Healy, PhD student from Karolinska Institutet, Autumn sem. 2021.
  2. Supervisor for Jacob Degenne, master student from KTH. Spring sem. 2021.
  3. Supervisor for Anna Malin Hallberg, master student from Lund University. Autumn sem. 2020.
  4. Supervisor for Josefine Sundgren, master student from Lund University. Spring sem. 2020.
  5. Mentor for Qian Xiao, architect student from China. Via The Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers. 2019
  6. Co-supervisor for PhD student Ivan Kmezic. Karolinska Institutet. 2018-present.
  7. Mentor for Saraa Wahdan, newly arrived bio-technician from Iraq to Sweden. Via The Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers. 2018.
  8. Supervisor for Silvia Karlberg, bachelor student from Karolinska Institutet. Spring sem. 2017.
  9. Supervisor for master student Ajay Waghmare from Skövde University. Autumn sem. 2015.
  10. Solely responsible for PhD course in Neurovirology, 20 participants. Autumn sem. 2011.



1.     PhD degree 2013-12-06 from the Karolinska Institute. Thesis title: Human herpesvirus 6 in multiple sclerosis: Assay development, immune responses and host genetics.

2.     Master of Science in Engineering, Biotechnology, focus on molecular biology and pharmacology. Lund University, Sweden 2001-2007. Master thesis approved 2007.



1.     Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. 7,5 hp. Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm. Ongoing 2022

2.     Introductory Doctoral Supervision course, four days. Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm. 2020

3.     Basic course for project management (XLPM), three days. Semcon AB, Stockholm. 2019

4.     Sociology 1-20 p, Lund University, Sweden, autumn semester 2003.

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Publication list

1.     Lundström W, Gustafsson R. Human Herpesvirus 6A Is a Risk Factor for Multiple Sclerosis. Front Immunol. 2022 Feb 10;13:840753. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2022.840753.

2.     Viktor Grut, Martin Biström, Jonatan Salzer, Pernilla Stridh, Daniel Jons, Rasmus Gustafsson, Anna Fogdell-Hahn, Jesse Huang, Nicole Brenner, Julia Butt, Noemi Bender, Anna Lindam, Lucia Alonso-Magdalena, Martin Gunnarsson, Magnus Vrethem, Tomas Bergström, Oluf Andersen, Ingrid Kockum, Tim Waterboer, Tomas Olsson, Peter Sundström. Cytomegalovirus seropositivity is associated with reduced risk of multiple sclerosis – a presymptomatic case-control study. Eur J Neurol. 2021 Jun 9. Doi: 10.1111/ene.14961.

3.     Jing Wu, Elin Engdahl, Rasmus Gustafsson, Anna Fogdell-Hahn, Tim Waterboer, Jan Hillert, Tomas Olsson, Lars Alfredsson, Anna Karin Hedström. High antibody levels against HHV-6A interact with lifestyle factors in MS development. Mult Scler. 2021 Jun 14. doi: 10.1177/13524585211022011.

4.     Gustafsson R. Human Herpesvirus 6A Induces Dendritic Cell Death and HMGB1 Release without Virus Replication. Pathogens. 2021 Jan 11;10(1):57. doi: 10.3390/pathogens10010057.

5.     M. Biström, D. Jons, Engdahl E, Gustafsson R, Huang J, Brenner N, Butt J, Alonso-Magdalena L, Gunnarsson M, Vrethem M, Bender N, Waterboer T, Granåsen G, Olsson T, Kockum I, Andersen O, Fogdell-Hahn A, Sundström P. Epstein-Barr virus infection after adolescence and human herpesvirus 6A as risk factors for multiple sclerosis. European Journal of Neurology Eur J Neurol. 2021 Feb;28(2):579-586. doi: 10.1111/ene.14597. Epub 2020 Nov 22

6.     Magnus Hansson, Rasmus Gustafsson, Chloé Jacquet, Nedia Chebaane, Simon Satchell, Therese Thunberg, Clas Ahlm and Anne-Marie Fors Connolly (2020). Cystatin C and α-1-Microglobulin Predict Severe Acute Kidney Injury in Patients with Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome. Pathogens 2020, 9, 666; doi:10.3390/pathogens9080666

7.     Engdahl E, Gustafsson R, Huang J, Biström M, Lima Bomfim I, Stridh P, Khademi M, Brenner N, Butt J, Michel A, Jons D, Hortlund M, Alonso-Magdalena L, Hedström AK, Flamand L, Ihira M, Yoshikawa T, Andersen O, Hillert J, Alfredsson L, Waterboer T, Sundström P, Olsson T, Kockum I and Fogdell-Hahn A. (2019). Increased Serological Response Against Human Herpesvirus 6A Is Associated With Risk for Multiple Sclerosis. Front. Immunol. 10:2715. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2019.02715

8.     K.L.R. Gustafsson, T.Renné, C.Söderberg-Naucler, L.M.Butler. Human cytomegalovirus replication induces endothelial cell interleukin-11. Cytokine. 2018 Maj 25. doi.org/10.1016/j.cyto.2018.05.018.

9.     Rasmus Gustafsson, Hannah C. Jeffery, Koon-Chu Yaiw, Vanessa Wilhelmi, Ourania N. Kostopoulou, Belghis Davoudi, Afsar Rahbar, Melinda Benard, Thomas Renné, Cecilia Söderberg-Nauclér, and Lynn M. Butler. Direct infection of primary endothelial cells with human cytomegalovirus prevents angiogenesis and migration. J Gen Virol. 2015 Sep 28. doi: 10.1099/jgv.0.000301.

10.  Gustafsson R, Svensson M and Fogdell-Hahn A (2015) Modulatory effects on dendritic cells by human herpesvirus 6. Front. Microbiol. 6:388. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.00388.

11.  Nicole Marquardt, Martin A. Ivarsson, Kim Blom, Veronica D. Gonzalez, Monika Braun, Karolin Falconer, Rasmus Gustafsson, Anna Fogdell-Hahn, Johan K. Sandberg, and Jakob Michaëlsson. The human NK cell response to yellow fever virus vaccination is largely governed by NK cell differentiation independently of NK cell education. The Journal of Immunology 08/2015; DOI:10.4049/jimmunol.1401811.

12.  Elin Engdahl, Rasmus Gustafsson, Ryan Ramanujam, Emilie Sundqvist, Tomas Olsson, Jan Hillert, Lars Alfredsson, Ingrid Kockum, Anna Fogdell-Hahn. HLA-A*02 carriership, gender and tobacco smoking, but not multiple sclerosis, affects the IgG antibody response against human herpesvirus 6. Human Immunology 2014 Jun;75(6):524-30. doi: 10.1016/j.humimm.2014.03.001.

13.  Gustafsson, R., R. Reitsma, A. Stralfors, A. Lindholm, R. Press, and A. Fogdell-Hahn. 2013. Incidence of human herpesvirus 6 in clinical samples from Swedish patients with demyelinating diseases. Journal of microbiology, immunology, and infection. 2013 May 31. doi:pii: S1684-1182(13)00062-5. 10.1016/j.jmii.2013.03.009.

14.  Gustafsson, R. K., E. E. Engdahl, O. Hammarfjord, S. B. Adikari, M. Lourda, J. Klingstrom, M. Svensson, and A. Fogdell-Hahn. 2013. Human herpesvirus 6A partially suppresses functional properties of DC without viral replication. PLoS ONE 8:e58122.

15.  Gustafsson, R. K., E. E. Engdahl, and A. Fogdell-Hahn. 2012. Development and validation of a Q-PCR based TCID50 method for human herpesvirus 6. Virol J 9:311.

16.  Hoof, I., C. L. Perez, M. Buggert, R. K. Gustafsson, M. Nielsen, O. Lund, and A. C. Karlsson. 2010. Interdisciplinary analysis of HIV-specific CD8+ T cell responses against variant epitopes reveals restricted TCR promiscuity. J Immunol 184:5383-5391.

17.  Perez, C. L., M. V. Larsen, R. Gustafsson, M. M. Norstrom, A. Atlas, D. F. Nixon, M. Nielsen, O. Lund, and A. C. Karlsson. 2008. Broadly immunogenic HLA class I supertype-restricted elite CTL epitopes recognized in a diverse population infected with different HIV-1 subtypes. J Immunol 180:5092-5100.


Commisions of trust

1.     Member of the scientific reviewer board of the journal Pathogens (Basel, Switzerland). 2021-present.


Selected grants

  1. Research grant from the foundation ”Stiftelsen för Gamla tjänarinnor” for project on HHV-6 and Alzheimer’s disease, 2020.
  2. Travel grant as invited speaker at the 11th International Conference on HHV-6 & 7, Quebec City, Canada, 2019.
  3. Research grant from Neuro Sweden for project on host genetics and HHV-6 immunity, 2015.
  4. Research grant from The Swedish Association of Persons with Neurological Disabilities for project on the effect of HHV-6A on dendritic cells, 2012.
  5. Research grant from the HHV-6 foundation, Santa Barbara, CA, for project on development of a TCID50 method for HHV-6A and HHV-6B, 2011.
  6. Travel grant from Scandinavian Society for Immunology for the 7th International Conference on HHV-6 & 7, Reston, Virginia, USA, 2011.
  7. Faculty funds from the Board of Doctoral Education at Karolinska Institutet, KID, 2008-2012.