Tomás McKenna

Tomás McKenna


I'm an Irish scientist working on digital healthcare, in Stockholm, Sweden.

I am a driven, enthusiastic person with a high motivation to always do my best. After my Ph.D. on disease mechanisms in premature ageing at the Karolinska Institutet, I did a postdoc with the University of Helsinki and KI, focused on the stem cell niche, picking apart the effects of ECM proteins on the morphology and stemness of cells in the niche. This branched out into working on the branching morphogenesis of the mammary gland in mice, which branched out into quitting my post-doc to start a company using VR for mental health treatments. It's a long story...

English is my mother-tongue, I also speak Swedish fluently, have good German, and know beagán beag Gaeilge. When not researching, I like to practise Brazilian ju-jitsu, climbing, skiing, photography and microscopy.


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

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

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


Rare progerin-expressing preadipocytes and adipocytes contribute to tissue depletion over time.
Revéchon G, Viceconte N, McKenna T, Sola Carvajal A, Vrtacnik 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.
Rodriguez SA, Grochova 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)

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, Grochova D, Eriksson M
Aging Cell13p292-302(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, Grochova D, Eriksson M
Aging Cell10p1011-20(2011)