Katarina Le Blanc, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Katarina Le Blanc

Katarina is professor of Clinical Stem Cell Research at Karolinska Institutet. She received her M.D. from the Karolinska Institutet in 1993, and her Ph.D. in 1999, also from the Karolinska Institutet.

In 2002 she became a certified specialist in hematology. Dr Le Blanc’s main research interest is mesenchymal stem cells, haematopoietic stem cell transplantation and immunology.

Dr. Le Blanc is a member of several international and national committees including notably the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet and The Royal Swedish Academy of Science. Dr. Le Blanc is Ordinary Member of the Pontifical Academy of Life, In the Vatican City State, Rome, Italy.

She has mentored many trainees, PhD students and post docs over the years. Katarina has published well over 150 peer-reviewed publications and review articles, been cited 35,000 times, and given some 200 presentations at various national and international meetings over the last 20 years. She is the recipient of several awards including the Knut & Alice Wallenberg Foundation award for young female researchers, Swedish Medical Society award for young scientists, and the Tobias Foundation Prize for the excellent studies of the immunological properties of mesenchymal stem cells and their use in mesenchymal stem cell therapy awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Science.

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