Transfusion Medicine

Organisational unit: Research group

Research areas and keywords


  • Erythrocyte, malaria, genotype, transfusion, blood group


Red blood cells constitute 85% of all body cells. Our research is focused on those polymorphic red cell surface molecules called blood groups. We identify novel blood groups, and their genetic bases. Interactions with other molecules, cells and pathogens are unraveled to clarify blood group function in health and disease. We also aim to increase compatibility of blood transfusion, transplantation and pregnancy – conditions when blood groups play a major role for successful outcomes. Every year, close to half a million blood units from blood donors support Swedish healthcare and tools for DNA-based blood grouping have been introduced in clinical practice to extend matching for increased transfusion safety. We have also revealed blood groups providing protection against infection with HIV or malaria in vitro. Currently, our three main research themes are: I. Blood group discovery II. Host-pathogen interactions involving blood groups III. The role of red cells in hemostasis

Recent research outputs

Daniels, G. , Finning, K. , Lozano, M. , Hyland, C. A. , Liew, Y-W. , Powley, T. , Castilho, L. , Bonet Bub, C. , Kutner, J. M. , Banch Clausen, F. , Christiansen, M. , Sulin, K. , Haimila, K. , Legler, T. J. , Lambert, M. , Ryan, H. , Ní Loingsigh, S. , Matteocci, A. , Pierelli, L. , Dovc Drnovsek, T. & 9 others Bricl, I., Nogués, N., Muñiz-Diaz, E., M L Olsson, Wikman, A., de Haas, M., van der Schoot, C. E., Massey, E. & Westhoff, C. M. 2017 Dec 28 In : Vox Sanguinis.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Christophersen, M. K., Magnus Jöud, Ram Ajore, Vege, S., WICKELGREN LJUNGDAHL, K. L. A. R. A., Westhoff, C. M., Martin L. Olsson, Jill R. Storry & Björn Nilsson 2017 Jan 13 In : Scientific Reports. 7, 40451

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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