Katarina PerssonTitle: Professor School/office: School of Medical Sciences
Phone: +46 19 303701
About Katarina Persson
Katarina Persson is a professor in biomedicine with focus on pharmacology at the School of Medicine at Örebro University. She received her PhD in experimental clinical pharmacology at Lund University and has spent two years as a research fellow at University of Virginia in Charlottesville. In 2008, Katarina got a position as a professor at Örebro University where she e.g., has been engaged in implementation of the Medical programme.
Katarina Persson is active in the research environment Inflammatory Responses and Infection Susceptibility Centre (iRiSC) and her main research interest is in the field of bacteria-host interactions during urinary tract infection. The focus of the research is to understand how activation of the host inflammatory response regulates bacterial colonization of the urinary tract. Characterization of different strategies used by uropathogenic bacteria to weaken or modulate the host immune response is one research area of major interest. The increasing prevalence of antibiotic-resistant uropathogenic E. coli (UPEC) together with the recognition of UPEC as intracellular bacteria confront our current treatment regimens of urinary tract infections. Many women suffer from recurrent urinary tract infections and one hypothesis is that the presence of intracellular bacteria in the urinary bladder is of importance for the pathogenesis. Intracellular bacteria that are protected from the host inflammatory response and antibiotic treatment may later exit the host cells and re-infect the urinary tract which enhances the risk of recurrent urinary tract infections.
Katarina Persson coordinates the education in pharmacology at the Medical programme. She mainly teaches pharmacology during the first three years of the curriculum including lectures in pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, cardiovascular and respiratory pharmacology. Katarina Persson is co-responsible for coordinating theme area nutrition, metabolism and elimination (NME) at the Medical programme during semester 1, 2, 5 and 8. She also gives lectures at the international Master’s programme in Experimental Medicine.
Collaborations and assignments
- Project education manager of the research profile X-HiDE (Exploring Inflammation in Health and Disease
- Member of the steering committee of the research environment iRiSC
- Member of the programme council for the Medical programme at Örebro University
- Responsible for the biomedical area of knowledge (kunskapsområdesansvarig biomedicin) at the Medical programme
- Member of the steering committee of the Swedish Medical Society - Section for Pharmacology