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Josefsson prostate cancer group

The Josefsson prostate cancer group is a multi-disciplinary bench-to-bedside research team in the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine, WCMM. We aim to improve diagnostics, prognostics and treatment of prostate cancer using cutting edge techniques from whole body imaging down to molecular analysis of single cells. Within the group our experience includes clinical care, clinical trials, molecular biology, cell culture and much more.

Our expertise and position in Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine (WCMM) and Umeå’s Translation Research Centre (TRC) enables us to do rapid patient to protein and nucleic acid level analysis as well as longer term model systems. In addition, we have a large network of collaborations (including with Umeå’s Clinical Research Centre (Kliniskt Forskningscentrum)) that allow us to look at and combine all aspects of prostate cancer research.

Group members

Andreas Josefsson

Andreas is Consultant Urologist who defended his PhD titled “Prognostic markers in prostate cancer: studies of a watchful waiting cohort with long follow up” in 2011. He has published largely on studies into prostate cancer biomarkers. He combines clinical work with research and was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the WCMM in 2019.

Stina Rudolfsson

Stina is an expert in the molecular biology of prostate cancer specialising in cellular modelling with a focus on biomarkers. She defended her PhD at Umeå University “Vascular endothelial growth factor and prostate cancer” in 2000? Stina’s projects focus on advanced techniques to isolate and molecularly classify prostate cancer cells (for example isolation of Circulating Tumour Cells using acoustopheresis) and subsequent cellular and multicellular modelling of prostate cancer.

Robert Buckland

Rob has a broad range of molecular biology experience and working with clinical trials and research. He defended his PhD “DNA precursor asymmetries, Mismatch Repair and their effect on mutation specificity” in 2015 and has published mainly on platelet drugs and DNA replication and repair. Rob’s projects focus on isolation and analysis of nucleic acids from prostate cancer biopsies and support work for clinical trials.

Elionor Gustafsson

Elionor is a PhD student and experienced nurse specialised in theatre nursing since 2016. Her Master’s thesis was on supervision in an operating theatre adjusted for learning. Elionor’s project focuses on advanced isolation of Circulating Tumour Cells from prostate cancer patients using apheresis and acoustopheresis and qualitative assessment of patients.

Sonja Edström

Sonja is a medical student with us on the Aspiring Researcher program. She has previously studied Biomedicine. She will be working on apoptosis influence on neighbouring cells in prostate cancer cell culture models.

Neha Singh

Neha has research experience in cancer genomics focused on oncogenic signaling in viral associated cancer. Her PhD in Biotechnology is from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. She is a docent in Biomedicine and an independent project leader in VR and prostate cancer foundation funded projects. Neha has recently joined us as a research scientist working on HPV infection as a risk factor in prostate cancer.


Head of research

Andreas Josefsson
Assistant professor, combined with clinical employment, other position


Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences

Research area

Cancer, Clinical medicine, Infection biology