About me

My name is Tomás McKenna, I'm an Irish scientist working at the Katajisto lab at the Karolinska Institutet, in Stockholm, Sweden. I am a driven, enthusiastic person with a high motivation to always do my best. Right now I'm focused on the stem cell niche, specifically I want to pick apart the effects of ECM proteins on the morphology and stemness of cells in the niche, and try to find out how ECM properties control cell behaviour.

English is my mother-tongue, I also speak Swedish fluently, have good German, and know beagán beag Gaeilge.

When not working I like to practise Brazilian ju-jitsu and climbing. I love the outdoors, and try to ski and hike as much as possible. I also love photography and microscopy.


Ph.D. in Medical Science, 2010-2015, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
Thesis: Epithelial stem cells in Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome.

Tekn. Lic. in Biotechnology, 2004-2008, Linköping University, Sweden.
Thesis: Oxidative stress on mammalian cell cultures during recombinant protein expression.

B.Sc. in Biotechnology, 1999-2003, Dublin City University, Ireland.
Thesis: Characterisation of a novel gene family that functions in iron acquisition.


Rare progerin-expressing preadipocytes and adipocytes contribute to tissue depletion over time.
Revêchon G, Viceconte N, McKenna T, Sola Carvajal A, Vrtačnik P, Stenvinkel P, Lundgren T, Hultenby K, Franco I, Eriksson M
Sci Rep7p4405(2017)

Global genome splicing analysis reveals an increased number of alternatively spliced genes with aging.
Rodríguez SA, Grochová D, McKenna T, Borate B, Trivedi NS, Erdos MR, Eriksson M
Aging Cell15p267-78(2016)

Skin Disease in Laminopathy-Associated Premature Aging.
McKenna T, Sola Carvajal A, Eriksson M
J Invest Dermatol135p2577-2583(2015)

Overexpression of Lamin B Receptor Results in Impaired Skin Differentiation.
Sola Carvajal A, McKenna T, Wallén Arzt E, Eriksson M
PLoS One10pe0128917(2015)

Transgene silencing of the Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome mutation results in a reversible bone phenotype, whereas resveratrol treatment does not show overall beneficial effects.
Strandgren C, Nasser HA, McKenna T, Koskela A, Tuukkanen J, Ohlsson C, Rozell B, Eriksson M
FASEB J29p3193-205(2015)

Epithelial stem cells In Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. McKenna T
(Ph.D. Thesis). ISBN: 978-91-7549-795-2(2015)

Embryonic expression of the common progeroid lamin A splice mutation arrests postnatal skin development.
McKenna T, Rosengardten Y, Viceconte N, Baek JH, Grochová D, Eriksson M
Aging Cell13p292-302(2014)

Low levels of the reverse transactivator fail to induce target transgene expression in vascular smooth muscle cells.
Viceconte N, McKenna T, Eriksson M
PLoS One9pe104098(2014)

Laminopathies, Genetic Disorders.
McKenna, T., Baek, J., Eriksson M., (Maria Puiu Ed.)
InTechDOI: 10.5772/53793.ISBN: 978-953-51-0886-3(2013)

Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome, Genetic Disorders.
Baek, J., McKenna, T., Eriksson M., (Maria Puiu Ed.)
InTechDOI: 10.5772/53794.ISBN: 978-953-51-0886-3(2013)

Stem cell depletion in Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome.
Rosengardten Y, McKenna T, Grochová D, Eriksson M
Aging Cell10p1011-20(2011)