Jan-Ingvar Jönsson

Vice-Chancellor, Professor

As LiU’s new vice-chancellor I want the university to offer education and research that attracts the very best students and researchers. Standing for the highest possible quality, built on common fundamental values of trust, security and credibility.

LiU is characterised by curiosity and openness

One of the reasons I applied for the post of vice-chancellor at Linköping University was the creative and open pioneering attitude here. It is a relatively young university that has the courage required to seek new pathways for both education and research. Furthermore, its ties to the society around us are strong, leading to new challenges and advances.

Since the early 1990s, I have worked on the mechanisms that control the formation of all blood cells from particular stem cells. The formation of blood is an amazing process that never stops throughout life – 2-3 million new blood cells are formed every second.
I arrived at Linköping University in 2003 after having worked, among other things, as a researcher in the Max Planck Institute in Freiburg and later in Toronto, Canada. I worked on the blood system and immune defence, and in 2008 I became professor in medical cell biology.
In the years that followed, I also spent a lot of time on research strategy, and how Sweden can support the best medical research in the future. I was member of the Scientific Council for Medicine and Health at the Swedish Research Council during the period 2013-2015, and from 2016 until the summer of 2020 I was secretary general of the Swedish Research Council, with scientific responsibility for medicine and health.
Good research depends on research environments that are secure, creative and provide the opportunity for open collaboration between different fields of research, with international research groups, and with the society around us. We must also untiringly discuss the ethical questions and promote good research practice. I hope to be able to contribute to this as vice-chancellor of Linköping University.
Linköping University has a reputation as an innovator in education and teaching methods, with a way of working that breaks down boundaries between fields of study in research and education that has gained many followers. Now we must develop our areas of strength and identify new areas in which we can become forceful players, both in Sweden and abroad. This will require structures that bridge across faculties, common solutions and – once again – greater collaboration with the society around us.
We are facing an exciting and challenging period. It will require unceasing curiosity, innovation and openness, such that we together can formulate the vision and ambition that will carry Linköping University into the future. The task will require trust and openness that enables everyone to present their opinions and suggestions. As new vice-chancellor this is where I will start – by inviting dialogue!

About me
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Current position

  • 2020 Vice-Chancellor Linköping University
  • 2008 Professor
  • 2003 Senior Lecturer in medical cell biology at the Dept of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Linköping University

Academic history

  • 1986-1990 PhD student, Faculty of Medicine, Lund university (research conducted at Max-Planck-Institut für Immunbiologie, Freiburg, Germany)
  • 1990-1993 Postdoctoral fellow, Div. of Immunology and Cancer, Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute, Toronto, Canada
  • 1993-1997 Research Assistant (Cancerforskartjänst, financed by The Swedish Cancer Society), Department of Pathology, Uppsala University
  • 1997- 2003 Senior lecturer, molecular medicine, University Hospital Malmö, Lund university
  • 1999- 2003 Dean of undergraduate studies, Biomedicine, Faculty of Medicine, Lund university
  • 2003- 2008 Senior lecturer in Medical cell biology, Department of Biomedicine and Surgery, Linköping university

Professional experience

  • Member of departmental board (Lund 1984-1985, Uppsala 1995-1997, Malmö 2002-2003, Linköping 2004-2005)
  • Member of Faculty board, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping (2006-2011)
  • Head of Division, Microbiology & Molecular Medicine, Linköping (2010-2014)
  • Deputive Head, Dept of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Linköping (2014-)
  • Member of stearing committee, Integrative Regenerative Medicine Program (IGEN), Linköping (2011-2014)
  • Member advisory council, Forum Scientium Research School, Linköping (2010-)

Commissions of trust

  • Member of the Scientific Council of Medicine and Health, Swedish Research Council, (2013-2015)
  • Member of the review panel for Cellular and Molecular Biology at Swedish Research Council (2010-2012, chairman 2011-2012)
  • Opponent at the Faculty of Medicines at Uppsala university, Karolinska institute, Lund university, Umeå university, and Örebro university at ten occasions between 2006-2013
  • Scientific adviser, Karolinska institute, strategic research grants in Inflammation and Immunology – KiiM – Innovate Grants (2007)
  • Member of the Linköping animal ethical committee (2009-2014)
  • Scientific evaluator, Barncancerfonden: research grants (2001, 2002, 2004)
  • Scientific evaluator, Linköping: assistant professor in molecular tumour biology (2003)
  • Scientific evaluator, Lund: associate professor in biochemistry (2013)
  • Scientific expert, Umeå: employment as researcher in medicine (2013)
  • Scientific expert, Uppsala: associate professor in comparative immunology (2013)
  • Scientific evaluator, Lund: young scientist award (2014)
  • Executive Director of the Swedish National facility of Mass Cytometry at Science of Life Laboratory (10% since January 2015)
  • Scientific evaluator, Lund: assistant professor in molecular hematology (2015)


  • Medical programme and Hamatology.


  • Member Editorial Board ”The Journal of Stem Cells”
  • Scientific evaluator, University of Toronto: professor in tumor biology (1999)
  • Scientific evaluator, Research Council for Earth and Life Science (ALW)/Netherlands Strategic research grants in “Molecule to Organism” (2004)
  • Scientific evaluator, the Dutch Cancer Society, Research project grants (2010)
  • Referee-assignments: Blood, European Journal of Haematology, European Journal of Immunology, Experimental Cell Research, Journal of Leukocyte Biology, Leukemia,
  • Nature Nanotechnology, PLOS One, The Hematology Journal (2006-2015)


  • Scholarship from German academic exchange service (DAAD) for graduate studies in Germany (1985)
  • Scholarship from the Swedish institute for research in Germany (1986) Electrolux-fellowship by the Sverige-Amerika stiftelsen (1990)
  • Postdoc-fellowship, Medical Research Council of Sweden (1991)
  • Postdoc-fellowship, Hospital for Sick Children Foundation (1991)
  • Postdoc-fellowship, MRC Canada (1992)
  • Research award as promosing young scientist, Inga and John Hains stiftelse (1998-99)

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