Emma Carlsson

Head of Department
Assistant Professor Biomedical Laboratory Science
Department of odontology and oral health , School of Health and Welfare


Emma Carlsson has a PhD in Biomedicine, in the field of Health and Care Sciences, at the School of Health Sciences. Her research is interdisciplinary and studies the effect of psychological and physical health/ill health on the immune system in children and adolescents. Both physical inactivity and psychological stress are large public-health issues in children as well as in young adults. Immune mediated diseases such as allergies, but also autoimmune diseases such as T1D and celiac disease, are increasingly common. Therefore, it is important to study the immune response in groups of children and young adults with high psychological stress and physical inactivity. To our knowledge, no previous research has investigated the association between psychological stress and the immune system and between degree of physical activity and the immune system with such a broad spectrum of immunological markers as proposed in this thesis. Hopefully, increased knowledge on how psychological stress and degree of physical activity affects the immune system will be useful in the prevention of immune-mediated diseases.


Emma is a qualified biomedical scientist in Laboratory science and has a Master´s degree in biochemistry and a Bachelor´s degree in biomedicine. She has 6 years of clinical experience in molecular biology and is employed at Medical Diagnostics, Ryhov County Hospital since 2008 and is employed at the School of Health and Welfare at Jönköping University since 2014. 


Rundqvist, L., Engvall, J., Blomstrand, P., Carlsson, E., Faresjö, M. (2019). Resting level of insulin-like growth factor 1 is not at play in cardiac enlargement in endurance-trained adolescents BioMed Research International, 1-7. More information
Rundqvist, L., Engvall, J., Faresjö, M., Carlsson, E., Blomstrand, P. (2017). Regular endurance training in adolescents impacts atrial and ventricular size and function European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging, 18(6), 681-687. More information
Carlsson, E., Magnusson, A., Tompa, A., Bülow, P., Gerdner, A., Faresjö, M. (2016). Psychological stress affects the numbers of circulating CD56+CD16+ and CD4+CD25+FoxP3+CD127- cells and induce an immune response towards type 1 diabetes-related autoantigens in young women . More information
Carlsson, E., Ludvigsson, J., Huus, K., Faresjö, M. (2016). High physical activity in young children suggests positive effects by altering autoantigen-induced immune activity Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 26(4), 441-450. More information
Carlsson, E., Frostell, A., Ludvigsson, J., Faresjö, M. (2014). Psychological Stress in Children May Alter the Immune Response Journal of Immunology, 192(5), 2071-2081. More information

Doctoral thesis

Carlsson, E. (2016). The importance of psychological and physical stressors on diabetes-related immunity in a young population – an interdisciplinary approach (Doctoral thesis, Jönköping: Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare). More information

Other publications

Carlsson, E., Rundqvist, L., Blomstrand, P., Faresjö, M. . Enhanced immune response to a potent type 1 diabetes-related autoantigen is observed in endurance-trained boys. More information
Carlsson, E., Rundkvist, L., Blomstrand, P., Faresjö, M. . Endurance training during adolescence induces a pro-inflammatory response directed towards the diabetes-related autoantigen tyrosine phosphatase-2. More information