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Diagnostics for virus

This research area aims at developing alternative viral RNA diagnostics by:

  1. Establish testing capacity using alternative technologies to that used in the main testing program, as backup capacity and to ascertain self-sufficiency in case of deficiency of testing reagents from the present suppliers.
  2. Examine alternative technologies that would enable simpler, cheaper and faster testing, as well as testing outside the health-care system such as self-sampling and self-testing. This part will harness the wide range of advanced technologies developed by SciLifeLab research groups.

The projects will be able to connect with KI’s and SciLifeLab’s Centre for Translational Microbiome Research laboratory (, to test and compare methods. 

This area consists of 5 individual projects, all together funded by a total of 2,3 MSEK. Led by researchers at Uppsala University, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm University. 

Coordinator: TBD

Scientific lead: Ulf Gyllensten, Uppsala University


Simple and cheap remote test for infection based on HCR
Björn Högberg, Karolinska Institutet

COVID-19 screening test design
Masood Kamali-Moghaddam, Uppsala University

Vicent Pelechano, Karolinska Institutet

Extraction-free high-sensitive RT assay for SARS-CoV-2 RNA detection
Björn Reinius, Karolinska Institutet

Mats Nilsson, Stockholm University