Heela Sarlus

Heela Sarlus


Om mig

We study the role of microglia in the context of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and multipel sclerosis and aim to devise myeloid cells as therapy for these neurological diseases. 


I am studying whether microglia replacement therapy will reduce progression in neurodegenerative diseases using in vivo and in vitro models. We remove dysfunctional microglia from CNS using genetic and pharmacological approaches and repopulate the brain with microglia-like cells that we develop in vitro

I am also studying the potential of amniotic epithelial cells, a type of stem cell derived from human placenta, as cell therapy for MS (in collaboration with assoc. prof Roberto Gramignoli at KI). Currently, there is no cure for the progressive states of MS and our aim is to develop new strategies that target progressive MS.    

Pedagogiska meriter

  • Main supervisor of 2 PhD students (ongoing)
  • Co-supervisor of 1 PhD student (ongoing)
  • Project supervisor of 3 master studenst
  • University pedagogy training (equivalent of 3 weeks)

Teaching activities

  • 2020- current: Teaching biochemistry to undergraduates at Scandinavian Chiropractor institute, course responsible.
  • 2018 – 2020: Different teaching activities: Lectured the autonomic nervous system, laboratory work involving the hearing and vestibular lab and seminars including motor functions to medical students at Karolinska Institutet.


  • 2015 - PhD degree in Medical Science, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 2008 - MSc in Molecular Biology, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden 

Akademiska priser och utmärkelser

  • Svenska läkare sällskapet (SLS) travel grant – 2019
  • Nominated and selected to participate in global young scientist summit in Singapore - 2015
  • Award for best in scientific subjects, Nacka Gymnasium Stockholm – 2002


  • Loo & Hans Ostermans stiftelse
  • Eva & Oscar Ahréns stiftelse
  • Neurofonden, 
  • Karolinska Fonder
  • Svenska läkare sällskapet (SLS)
  • Tysta skolan
  • Lindhes advokatbyrå
  • örskadades riksförbund