Mats Ohlin

Professor, Professor, Associate Professor, PhD, BSc

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Immunology
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Immunology in the medical area
  • Cancer and Oncology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Respiratory Medicine and Allergy


  • Antibodies, Allergy, Cancer, Molecular evolution, Immunology, Antibody technology, Antibody repertoire, Protein scaffold


My research focus emerged from early studies of human monoclonal antibody technology using cell cloning approaches. Over the past decades, however, aspects involving molecular biology approaches to human antibody research including phage display technology has been a major interest of mine as well as of the antibody community in general. My research groups has extended the utility of such tools for specific purposes and employed them to further our understanding of antibodies in health and disease, with a focus on allergy, cancer, and infections caused by cytomegalovirus. We have also extended the utility of these molecular evolution tools to the development of carbohydrate binding molecules.

Major achievements:

  • Creation of the largest available human monoclonal IgE resource for studies of human IgE and its involvement in allergic disease.
  • Definition of human antibodies against neutralization determinants on human cytomegalovirus, an important human pathogen.
  • Creation of the basis for evolution of a thermostable carbohydrate module scaffold and implementation of such evolved modules in carbohydrate research. Studies of such modules and their binding to carbohydrates using X-ray and lately also neutron crystallography.
  • Establishment of functional platforms for isolation of human antibody probes exploiting phage display technology.

Highlighted research outputs

Ohlin, M., Scheepers, C., Corcoran, M., Lees, W. D., Busse, C. E., Bagnara, D., Thörnqvist, L., Bürckert, J. P., Jackson, K. J. L., Ralph, D., Schramm, C. A., Marthandan, N., Breden, F., Scott, J., Matsen Iv, F. A., Greiff, V., Yaari, G., Kleinstein, S. H., Christley, S., Sherkow, J. S. & 5 others, Kossida, S., Lefranc, M. P., van Zelm, M. C., Watson, C. T. & Collins, A. M., 2019, In : Frontiers in Immunology. 10

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Levin, M., Fredrik Levander, Palmason, R., Greiff, L. & Mats Ohlin, 2017, In : Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 139, 3, p. 1026-1030

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Levin, M., King, J. J., Glanville, J., Jackson, K. J. L., Looney, T. J., Hoh, R. A., Mari, A., Morgan Andersson, Greiff, L., Fire, A. Z., Boyd, S. D. & Mats Ohlin, 2016, In : The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 137, 5, p. 1535-1544

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Persson, H., Kirik, U., Thörnqvist, L., Greiff, L., Fredrik Levander & Mats Ohlin, 2018 Jun 21, In : Frontiers in Immunology. 9, JUN, 1391.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Anne Ljungars, Svensson, C., Carlsson, A., Birgersson, E., Tornberg, U. C., Frendéus, B., Mats Ohlin & Mattsson, M., 2019 Jul 30, In : Frontiers in Pharmacology. 10, JULY, 847.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

A. Ljungars, Mårtensson, L., Jenny Mattsson, Kovacek, M., Sundberg, A., Tornberg, U-C., B. Jansson, Persson, N., V. Kuci Emruli, S. Ek, M. Jerkeman, M. Hansson, G. Juliusson, M. Ohlin, Frendéus, B., Teige, I. & Mattsson, M., 2018 Dec 1, In : JCO Precision Oncology. 2, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hjort, C., Schiøtz, P. O., Mats Ohlin, Würtzen, P. A., Christensen, L. H. & Hoffmann, H-J., 2017, In : Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 140, 4, p. 1167-1170.e2

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Säll, A., Walle, M., Wingren, C., Müller, S., Nyman, T., Vala, A., Mats Ohlin, Carl A K Borrebaeck & Persson, H., 2016 Oct 1, In : Protein Engineering, Design and Selection. 29, 10, p. 427-437 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Kirik, U., Persson, H., Fredrik Levander, Greiff, L. & Mats Ohlin, 2017 Nov 13, In : Frontiers in Immunology. 8, NOV, 1433.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fisher, Z., von Schantz, L., Håkansson, M., Derek Logan & Mats Ohlin, 2015, In : Biochemistry. 54, 42, p. 6435-6438

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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