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Alexander Persson

Title: Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Medical Sciences


Phone: +46 19 302411

Room: C2208

Alexander Persson

About Alexander Persson

Alexander achieved his PhD in Medical Microbiology at Linköping University where he studied how apoptosis affect the capabilities of innate immune cells to respond to tuberculosis infections. He spent 3 ½ years in Canada as a post-doc before returning to Sweden as part of the strategic recruitment of assistant professors and future research leaders at Örebro University. Today he is a senior lecturer.


Alexander is active in the research environment Inflammatory Responses and Infection Susceptibility Centre (iRiSC). His research concern inflammatory responses in innate immunity. His main interest is the host inflammatory response against pathogens such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Neisseria meningitidis. The focus of the research is to describe how cells of innate immunity regulate the inflammatory response. In short, the research can be described to aim at answering the question: “what is it they do, that keeps us from dying” (however it rhymes better in Swedish).

In addition, inflammatory responses to non-pathogenic stimulus such as particles in our environment interests him and he has developed and am part of several research endeavours investigating the inflammatory aspects of particles including silica, nano particles and cobalt.


Alexander Persson has developed the international master´s programme in Experimental Medicine and is the coordinator of the profile Innate Immunity in Health and Disease during the second year of the programme. He teaches advanced laboratory- and research methodology, several theoretical areas in the programme and has developed and coordinates the profile specific course Inflammatory Responses (MC051A).

He has developed and coordinates the research education course Experimental Methodologies for Clinical Graduate Students (75MV001) where he teaches and is a mentor for the students.

He is further a popular teacher at the Medical Programme and International Master's Programme where he has lectures, seminars and laborations.


Collaborations and assignments

Founder and co-chair of Junior Faculty

Member of the steering committee of iRiSC

Member of the internationalization council at Örebro University

Member of the work group responsible for eg immunology and immunity in the curriculum of the Medical Programme spanning semesters 2, 4 and 7.

Member of the programme council for the International Master’s Programme in Experimental Medicine.


Research Projects

Research Teams



Articles in journals |  Articles, reviews/surveys |  Manuscripts | 

Articles in journals

Hedbrant, A. , Andersson, L. , Bryngelsson, I. , Eklund, D. , Westberg, H. , Särndahl, E. & Persson, A. (2020). Quartz Dust Exposure Affects NLRP3 Inflammasome Activation and Plasma Levels of IL-18 and IL-1Ra in Iron Foundry Workers. Mediators of Inflammation.
Westberg, H. , Hedbrant, A. , Persson, A. , Bryngelsson, I. , Johansson, A. , Ericsson, A. , Sjögren, B. , Stockfelt, L. & et al. (2019). Inflammatory and coagulatory markers and exposure to different size fractions of particle mass, number and surface area air concentrations in Swedish iron foundries, in particular respirable quartz. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 92 (8), 1087-1098.
Asfaw Idosa, B. , Kelly, A. , Jacobsson, S. , Demirel, I. , Fredlund, H. , Särndahl, E. & Persson, A. (2019). Neisseria meningitidis-Induced Caspase-1 Activation in Human Innate Immune Cells Is LOS-Dependent. Journal of Immunology Research.
Andersson, L. , Bryngelsson, I. , Hedbrant, A. , Persson, A. , Johansson, A. , Ericsson, A. , Lindell, I. , Stockfelt, L. & et al. (2019). Respiratory health and inflammatory markers: Exposure to respirable dust and quartz and chemical binders in Swedish iron foundries. PLoS ONE, 14 (11).
Andersson, H. , Andersson, B. , Eklund, D. , Ngoh, E. , Persson, A. , Svensson, K. , Lerm, M. , Blomgran, R. & et al. (2014). Apoptotic neutrophils augment the inflammatory response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in human macrophages. PLoS ONE, 9 (7).
Hedlund, S. , Persson, A. , Vujic, A. , Che, K. F. , Stendahl, O. & Larsson, M. (2010). Dendritic cell activation by sensing Mycobacterium tuberculosis-induced apoptotic neutrophils via DC-SIGN. Human Immunology, 71 (6), 535-40.
Persson, A. , Blomgran-Julinder, R. , Eklund, D. , Lundström, C. & Stendahl, O. (2009). Induction of apoptosis in human neutrophils by Mycobacterium tuberculosis is dependent on mature bacterial lipoproteins. Microbial Pathogenesis, 47 (3), 143-150.

Articles, reviews/surveys

Vanden Driessche, K. , Persson, A. , Marais, B. J. , Fink, P. J. & Urdahl, K. B. (2013). Immune vulnerability of infants to tuberculosis. Clinical & Developmental Immunology, 2013.


Asfaw Idosa, B. , Jacobsson, S. , Kelly, A. , Fredlund, H. , Persson, A. & Särndahl, E. Human gene variants that regulate the NLRP3 activity limit the production of Neisseria meningitidis-induced IL-1β and IL-18.
Asfaw Idosa, B. , Persson, A. , Jacobsson, S. , Demirel, I. , Fredlund, H. , Särndahl, E. & Kelly, A. LOS-dependent Neisseria meningitidis-induced caspase-1 activation in human neutrophils.