Dermatology and Venereology

Faculty of Medicine | Lund University


Schmidtchen lab

Bacterial infections spanning from local wound infections, affecting patients with non-healing leg ulcers, postoperative wounds or burns, to severe infections and sepsis, are significant medical problems.

Today's anti-infective treatments do not address the excessive activation of inflammatory pathways during infection and sepsis, and resistance problems are increasing. Hence, there is a huge unmet need for novel therapies that go beyond mere classical antibacterial effects, and which also selectively modulate both pro- and anti-inflammatory pathways during infections.

The purpose of our research is to define and utilize new knowledge on innate immunity, with a focus on endogenous antimicrobial and immunomodulatory peptides and proteins, in order to develop the next generation's anti-infective treatments, with potential applications for skin infections and burns, postoperative profylaxis, but also for invasive infections and sepsis. 

Internships: we have various opportunities for internships throughout the year. Feel free to contact us for further information at

artur schmidtchen

Artur Schmidtchen, MD, PhD, Professor
Head, Division of Dermatology and Venereology
Department of Clinical Sciences
Lund University


2017-05 New publication by J. Petrlova et al in PNAS:  Aggregation of thrombin-derived C-terminal fragments as a previously undisclosed host defense mechanism. Popular science articles available in Swedish and English

SYMPOSIUM on WOUND HEALING: March 22nd, 2017

2017-02 New publication by S. Eriksson et al in the British Journal of Dermatology: Antibacterial and anti-biofilm effects of sodium hypochlorite against Staphylococcus aureus isolates derived from patients with atopic dermatitis 

2016-12 35,000 SEK grant from stiftelsen Lars Hiertas Minne to Mariena van der Plas

2016-11 Mariena van der Plas received the oral presentation award for her presentation at the joint AWTRS & MEPSA meeting in Melbourne, Australia.

2016-11 80,000 SEK grant from the Royal Physiographic Society to Jitka Petrlova

2016-10 Jitka Petrlova is appointed docent/reader in experimental structural biology at the Medical Faculty of Lund University 

2016-05 New publication by MJAvdP et al in Nature Communications: 'Pseudomonas aeruginosa elastase cleaves a C-terminal peptide from human thrombin that inhibits host inflammatory responses'. For a Swedish popular science article about this study, click here

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