Rikard Holmdahl

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Rikard Holmdahl
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BornMarch 28th 1953
EducationPhD and MD
Alma materUppsala University
  • Physician
  • Immunologist

Rikard Holmdahl (born March 28th 1953, son of Martin Holmdahl and Barbro Holmdahl) is a Swedish physician and immunologist. He was appointed as a full professor and the head of Medical Inflammation Research (MIR) unit at Lund University in 1993. In 2008, Rikard and his whole research group were recruited to Karolinska Institute. His team was the first to discover and positionally clone a Single-nucleotide polymorphism at the NCF1 gene causing susceptibility to Autoimmune disease in rat models [1].


Rikard Holmdahl obtained his Doctor of Philosophy and Medical Doctor degrees at Uppsala University in 1985 and 1987, respectively. After his clinical Residency (medicine) training during 1988-1989, he started his research fellowship and was promoted as Associate professor at Swedish Research Council in 1990.


He becomes a full professor since 1993 and works at Lund University (1993-2008) and Karolinska Institute (2008-present).

Member of the Nobel Assembly

He was a member of the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute during 2014-2021 and an adjunct member of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine during 2016-2021 [2]. He is also a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences since 2017 [3].


2016 The Yangtze River Scholar Award “the highest academic award issued to an individual in higher education by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China”

2015 The Anders Jahre main scientific prize “the most prestigious Nordic prize in medicine” [4].

2011 Selected with highest possible marks, “Outstanding” by the International evaluation of Karolinska Institutet 2011 (ERA).

2006 Research group Medical Inflammation Research selected as an Excellence center for rheumatology research by EULAR (the European Rheumatology Association)

2005 The European Federation of Immunological Societies, Lecture award, DfGI/SSI Kiel

2003 Nordic Medical Prize

2002 The European Descartes Prize “the most prestigious prize in medicine given by the European Community”

1994 The Göran Gustafsson Prize in medicine, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden

1992 Fernström prize, Eric Fernström foundation for medical research

1989 The Craaford prize, Anna Greta Craaford foundation for rheumatology research

1988 The Benzelius prize, Royal Science Society, Uppsala


  1. [https://www.nature.com/articles/ng1058 Olofsson P, et al. Nature genetics, 2002
  2. "The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2018". NobelPrize.org. Retrieved 2022-02-14.
  3. "Rikard Holmdahl_kva".
  4. "Two KI researchers receive Anders Jahre's Awards for Medical Research | Karolinska Institutet Nyheter". news.ki.se. Retrieved 2022-02-14.

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