Reza Rasti

Affiliated to research

About me

I am a paediatrician working with paediatric rheumatology at Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital/Karolinska University Hospital.

In February 2022 I defended my doctoral thesis, entitled "Point-of-care diagnostics of childhood central nervous system infections, with a focus on usability in low-resource settings", at the Department of Global Public Health.

During my doctoral studies, I examined: clinician experiences and requests on the use of point-of-care tests, in Uganda and Stockholm; participated in the development of a new diagnostic assay printed on paper with capability of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) microbiology; and field-evaluated the clinical utility of a polymerase chain reaction instrument that is available on the market, in Ugandan children with suspected CNS infection.

Research description

My research embodies the use of point-of-care (POC) diagnostic tools in health systems of low-income countries, as well as in Sweden.

Through an interdisciplinary and international team of collaborators in Sweden and Uganda, we are researching on the current use of, need for and requests on existing and future POC tools, amongst clinicians, primary with a paediatric focus.

Our team includes paediatricians, anthropologists, microbiologists, laboratory technicians, infectious disease specialists, nanobiotechnologists, chemists and physicists, in both countries, all working towards identifying characteristics of needed POC tests and concurrently developing and clinically evaluating a novel method for rapid microbiology of bacterial meningitis in low-income settings.

Our collaborators in Sweden are: Karolinska Institutet, Science for Life Laboratory, Uppsala University and Uppsala University Hospital.

In Uganda we are partnered with Mbarara University of Science & Technology, Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital and Epicentre MSF, in Mbarara, southwest Uganda.

Teaching portfolio

Through my PhD project I have had the opportunity to lecture students of an international master program in Global Child Health, at the Department of Women's & Children's Health, Uppsala University.

Presentations have also been conducted with colleagues in clinical care in Sweden and Uganda.


2016 - 2022: Doctoral studies at Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

2019 - 2019: Paediataric specialty training at Sachs Children and Youth Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden

2004 - 2010: BSc and MSc in Medicine, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.

2000 - 2002: MSc in Computer Science & Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden.

Academic honours, awards and prizes

2017: Awarded a fully funded personal 4 year scholarship by Stockholm County Council (research residency) to combine residency in Paediatrics with PhD studies.

2016: Awarded funding by Stockholm South General Hospital for my research project and to attend a research school.

2005: Awarded a scholarship by the Olof Palme Memorial Fund, to attain establishment of a student project in Nairobi, Kenya