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Vesa Loitto

Head of Division, Principal Research Engineer

My main assignment concerns research infrastructure and above all microscopy. With the right tools, science can make great leaps, but being part of the joy of discovery expressed by the discoverer, gives me the greatest gratification.

Seeing is believing!

In Life Sciences, microscopy has always been a faithful companion.

In the world of research, many tools exist and are needed, and today's research has become instrumentally very demanding, the equipment gets increasingly advanced. Different techniques and methodologies come and go. New ones are developed and others fall into oblivion. However, of all the instruments in the research toolbox, the microscope is a faithful companion, and probably the most satisfying. The microscope has constantly followed the life sciences and other research disciplines. Of course, microscopy has also developed and become more advanced, but the basis is the same.

To see is to believe!

About me

My research concerned the molecular mechanisms of cell motility.


2022 – Core Facility Manager

2014 – Manager Microscopy Unit, Core Facility, Linköping University

2012-2014 Principal Research Engineer, Medical Microbiology, Linköping University

2008-2012 Senior Scientist Molecular/Discovery Toxicology, AstraZeneca

2005-2008 Research Assistan, Medical Microbiology, Linköping University

2002-2005 PostDoc University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA



Jakob L. Kure, Thommie Karlsson, Camilla B. Andersen, B. Christoffer Lagerholm, Vesa Loitto, Karl-Eric Magnusson, Eva C. Arnspang (2021) Using kICS to Reveal Changed Membrane Diffusion of AQP-9 Treated with Drugs Membranes, Vol. 11, Article 568 Continue to DOI


Marie Hagbom, Felipe Meira de Faria, Martin Tinnerfelt Winberg, Sonja Westerberg, Johan Nordgren, Sumit Sharma, Åsa Keita, Vesa Loitto, Karl-Eric Magnusson, Lennart Svensson (2020) Neurotrophic Factors Protect the Intestinal Barrier from Rotavirus Insult in Mice mBio, Vol. 11, Article e02834-19 Continue to DOI


Johanna Raffetseder, Nino Iakobachvili, Vesa Loitto, Peter J. Peters, Maria Lerm (2019) Retention of EsxA in the Capsule-Like Layer of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Is Associated with Cytotoxicity and Is Counteracted by Lung Surfactant Infection and Immunity, Vol. 87, Article e00803-18 Continue to DOI


Sonja Westerberg, Marie Hagbom, Anandi Rajan, Vesa Loitto, B. David Persson, Annika Allard, Johan Nordgren, Sumit Sharma, Karl-Eric Magnusson, Niklas Arnberg, Lennart Svensson (2018) Interaction of Human Enterochromaffin Cells with Human Enteric Adenovirus 41 Leads to Serotonin Release and Subsequent Activation of Enteric Glia Cells Journal of Virology, Vol. 92, Article e00026-18 Continue to DOI
Björn Ingelsson, Daniel Söderberg, Tobias Strid, Anita Söderberg, Ann-Charlotte Bergh, Vesa-Matti Loitto, Kourosh Lotfi, Mårten Segelmark, Giannis Spyrou, Anders Rosén (2018) Lymphocytes eject interferogenic mitochondrial DNA webs in response to CpG and non-CpG oligodeoxynucleotides of class C Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol. 115, p. E478-E487 Continue to DOI