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Karin Söderlund Leifler

Communications Officer

Research communicator for medicine and the natural sciences, and press contact in these fields


As a research communicator I write articles and news items about research at the university in the fields of medicine, chemistry, biology and physics.

Main tasks:
  • Writing press releases and articles about current research in the fields of medicine and the natural sciences
  • Helping journalists and researchers to contact each other through various channels
  • Working with LiU News and LiU Magazine
  • Participating in courses in research communication for doctoral students and researchers
  • Participating in development of the university's research communication.


Selected research news

Demonstration of surgical method.

Bioengineered cornea can restore sight to the blind and visually impaired

LiU-researchers have developed an implant made of collagen protein from pig’s skin, which resembles the human cornea. In a pilot study, the implant restored vision to 20 people with diseased corneas.

Two young women collecting samples in a urban garden in front of city houses.

Urban agriculture – is it all good?

Many cities are seeing an increasing interest for homegrown food. But researchers want to find out: is there also a downside to urban agriculture in the shape of nutrient loss to waterways?

Gunnar Cedersund is both playing the grand piano and being his own audience.

Digital twins will help us understand how the body works

In the future, a digital copy of your own body – a digital twin – may help you live a healthy life. At LiU, mathematical models are being developed as tools for better health. This is the result of collaboration between experts in several fields.

A female PhD student assembles the experimental setup.

Bone growth inspired “microrobots” that create their own bone

Inspired by the growth of bones, researchers have developed a combination of materials that can morph into various shapes. The material is initially soft, but later hardens through a process that uses the same materials found in the skeleton.

Electron microscopy image showing amyloid of corona virus spike protein.

Possible discovery of mechanism behind mysterious COVID-19 symptoms

The immune system can affect the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, leading to the production of a misfolded spike protein called amyloid. A new study points to a possible connection between harmful amyloid production and symptoms of COVID-19.

men drinking beer.

Mechanism behind compulsive alcohol use revealed

A small group of nerve cells in the brain determines whether an individual continues to consume alcohol even when it has negative consequences. The scientists have identified a mechanism that may be a suitable target for treatment by medication.



Karin Söderlund Leifler, Anna Asklid, Tommy Fornander, Marie Askmalm Stenmark (2015) The RAD51 135G/C polymorphism is related to the effect of adjuvant therapy in early breast cancer Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology, Vol. 141, p. 797-804 Continue to DOI


Karin Söderlund, Susanne Svensson, Annelie Abrahamsson, Christina Bendrik, Jennifer Robertson, Jack Gauldie, Anna-Karin Olsson, Charlotta Dabrosin (2013) Inflammation Induced by MMP-9 Enhances Tumor Regression of Experimental Breast Cancer Journal of Immunology, Vol. 190, p. 4420-4430 Continue to DOI


Karin Söderlund, Siv Queseth, Tommy Fornander, Askmalm Marie Stenmark (2010) Low expression of Ku70/80, but high expression of DNA-PKcs, predict good response to radiotherapy in early breast cancer INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ONCOLOGY, Vol. 37, p. 1547-1554 Continue to DOI


Karin Söderlund Leifler (2009) DNA repair pathways and the effect of radiotherapy in breast cancer


Karin Söderlund, Lambert Skoog, Tommy Fornander, Marie Stenmark Askmalm (2007) The BRCA1/BRCA2/Rad51 complex is a prognostic and predictive factor in early breast cancer Radiotherapy and Oncology, Vol. 84, p. 242-251 Continue to DOI