Prof. Dr. Bengt FADEEL

Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, EU


Position: Head of the Unit Molecular Toxicology at The Institute of Environmental Medicine of the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, EU

Specialization: Molecular Toxicology - Nanotoxicology - Inflammation and Cell Death Research


At the NANOCON 2014 conference Prof. Bengt Fadeel will deliver the invited lecture
at the thematic session D – Health, Safety and Environment Challenges.


Education and Career Accomplishments:
Professor of Medical Inflammation Research at the Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, and Adjunct Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Fadeel received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Karolinska Institutet. He served as Vice Chairman of the Institute of Environmental Medicine 2009-2013. He is currently Head of the Molecular Toxicology Unit at the Institute of Environmental Medicine. Dr. Fadeel is a Fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences (ATS). He is the past coordinator of FP7-NANOMMUNE, focused on hazardous effects of engineered nanomaterials on the immune system, and his laboratory is currently engaged in five other EU-funded nanosafety projects as well as the EU Flagship Project GRAPHENE (WP on Health & Environment), andthe national MISTRA Environmental Nanosafety platform. He is the current Chair of the EU Nanosafety Cluster Working Group on Systems Biology.


Research interests:
Research at the Unit of Molecular Toxicology is focused on the elucidation of mechanisms underlying toxicity of nanomaterials including carbon nanotubes and graphene, with a particular focus on hazardous effects on the immune system as well as on genotoxicity of nanomaterials. Systems biology approaches are increasingly being applied to understand the interactions of nanomaterials with biological systems. In the field of nanomedicine, the Unit works mainly with polymeric nanoparticles for combined diagnosis and delivery of chemotherapy (theranostics) for breast and pancreatic cancer.


Relevant publications:

  • Bengt Fadeel, Antonio Pietroiusti, Anna Shvedova - Adverse Effects of Engineered Nanomaterials: Exposure, Toxicology and Impact on Human Health (Elsevier, 2012)
  • Bengt Fadeel (Editor) – Handbook of Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials: From Toxicological Testing to Personalized Medicine(Pan Stanford, 2014)