Clas Johansson

Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden

Clas Johansson was born in Stockholm, Sweden, 1966. He received a degree in electrical engineering (1987), followed by a degree in dentistry (D.D.S degree, 1994, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden) and a Ph.D. degree in neuroscience/molecular biology (2002, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden). Parallel to his Ph.D. studies, Dr. Johansson completed his residency in dentistry. He is a board-certified dentist. Shortly after his Ph.D. degree, he moved to the USA and to the Stanford University School of Medicine to study cell fusion in the central nervous system. After his Postdoctoral studies, Dr. Johansson returned to Sweden and Karolinska Institutet to set up his own group within the Department of clinical neuroscience at Centrum for Molecular Medicine. Dr. Johansson's interests are divided into two different areas: (i) regeneration of the central nervous system (CNS) where he tries to understand the mechanism of cell fusion between bone marrow-derived cells and cerebellar Purkinje neurons and (ii) identification/the origin of cancer initiating cells in the CNS, particularly, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Dr. Johansson has received several rewards for his work such as 1st Prize, Prix Franco-Suédois De L’Excellence Scientifique, Sweden (2010), Max och Edith Follins stipendium, Sweden (2009), af Jochnick Fellow for Young Investigators, Sweden (2007–2012), Wenner-Gren Foundation, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Sweden (2002–2005), Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, USA (2002), EMBO Long-Term Fellowship, declined (2002).

Biography Updated on 16 March 2011

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