Emma Carlsson has a PhD in Biomedicine, in the field of Health and Care Sciences, at the School of Health Sciences. Her research is interdisciplinary and studies the effect of psychological and physical health/ill health on the immune system in children and adolescents. Both physical inactivity and psychological stress are large public-health issues in children as well as in young adults. Immune mediated diseases such as allergies, but also autoimmune diseases such as T1D and celiac disease, are increasingly common. Therefore, it is important to study the immune response in groups of children and young adults with high psychological stress and physical inactivity. To our knowledge, no previous research has investigated the association between psychological stress and the immune system and between degree of physical activity and the immune system with such a broad spectrum of immunological markers as proposed in this thesis. Hopefully, increased knowledge on how psychological stress and degree of physical activity affects the immune system will be useful in the prevention of immune-mediated diseases.
Emma is a qualified biomedical scientist in Laboratory science and has a Master´s degree in biochemistry and a Bachelor´s degree in biomedicine. She has 6 years of clinical experience in molecular biology and is employed at Medical Diagnostics, Ryhov County Hospital since 2008 and is employed at the School of Health and Welfare at Jönköping University since 2014.