Mikael Sigvardsson has been a professor of medical molecular biology at the Faculy of Health Sciences at Linköping University since 2006.
The main focus of his research is how to develop bone marrow stem cells into mature cells with several different functions; transportation of oxygen (red blood cells), to stop bleeding (blood platelets) and defence against infections (white blood cells). A balanced production of blood cells is crucial to our well-being and disturbances can lead to serious illnesses such as bleeds, anaemia and life-threatening infections. He hopes that his research will increase the possibilities to treat different disorders in borne marrow function without damaging other tissues and organs. This would also lead to a revolutionary approach in cancer treatments.
“Linköping University offers a dynamic research environment”, says Mikael Sigvardsson. ”It also feels just right size wise and there are all the right conditions to produce excellent research.”
He thinks it is easier to turn ideas into reality at a smaller university and does not regret moving his entire family here when the opportunity arose.
“We received a fantastic reception”, says Mikael. “Asides from feeling very welcome in my post and the fact that the university wants to invest in my research, my family received a lot of help to establish a home in Linköping. This of course made a huge difference in swaying our decision to move to Linköping.”
The view from Mikael’s office can turn a native of Linköping green with envy. His office is almost at the top of the newly built wing of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University Hospital in central Linköping. The view from large, open windows takes in Linköping Cathedral, the St. Lars Church and even the lake Roxen on the horizon.
“Linköping University is not in the top when it comes to my research area”, Mikael says, “but we have all the right conditions to become better. The current position is a good starting point for improvement”.
The research is what mainly occupies Mikael but every so often he gives lectures to research students.
“Unfortunately what is missing in the region today is a medical industry” Mikael continues, “This leads to doctoral students struggling to find jobs here and one aim should to be to attract more medical companies to the region”.
Text & bild: Magnus Baurén
Translation: Therese Winder
Last updated: 2010-12-20