About Anton Lennikov


Anton Mikhailovich Lennikov is a postdoctoral fellow with the Department of Clinical & Experimental Medicine (IKE)/Division of Neuro & Inflammation Sciences (NIV) at Linkoping University in Sweden.

An accomplished academic with well over a decade of international research experience, Anton holds a Ph.D. from the Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine. He qualified as a medical doctor and earned an advanced degree in Ophthalmology with Vladivostok Medical University (now Pacific State Medical University).

In his current leadership role with Linkoping University, Anton Lennikov supervises doctorate student research projects and oversees his laboratory’s investigation into a wide variety of scientific topics.

These research topics include studies which have examined the corneal neovascularisation and vascular remodeling in rats. Anton has also added critical value to the study of retinal neovascularisation in zebrafish hypoxia induced neovascularisation and proteomics research of tear fluid in aniridia patients.

Prior to joining the faculty at Linkoping University, Anton Lennikov served as a postdoctoral researcher for the Center for Cancer Research Laboratory of Genitourinary Cancer Pathogenesis in the United States, where his work evaluated tumor necrosis factor (TNF) signaling and the regulation of apoptosis and necrosis, as well as Complex I and Complex II cell death pathways. His responsibilities also included mentoring participants of the institute’s undergraduate students summer research program.

Anton completed his first postdoctoral fellowship as a member of the Department of Ophthalmology at Sapporo Medical University in Japan, where he had previously completed his Ph.D. in Medicine. In addition to supervising a doctorate student research project, his research explored lysosomal phospholipase A2 in aqueous humour and NFκB pathway inhibitors on streptozotocin induced diabetic retinopathy. These advanced the insights Anton had begun developing as a Ph.D. student himself, when he investigated the anti-inflammatory effect of naturally derived substances in ocular inflammation and NFκB pathway inhibitors on intraocular inflammation. During his time at Hokkaido University, Anton also served as a Teaching Assistant for the “Preparing Future Faculty” workshop offered by the Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education.

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Awards & Recognition

Anton Lennikov has earned a number of awards in recognition of his contributions to the scientific community over the years. These include a commendation for his oral presentation at the 114th annual meeting of Japanese Ophthalmological Society in Nagoya, Japan. In 2012, he won a travel grant from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) at their annual meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in the United States. The same year, the University of Hokkaido selected Anton as the recipient of their Otowa scholarship, which recognizes excellence in the Ph.D. program. The following September, Anton accepted a research grant from the Northern Advancement Center for Science & Technology in Sapporo, Japan.

Anton also holds a patent for his work in an Oxygen-radical scavenging agent or inflammatory cytokine inhibiting agent, which he has observed as proving useful in pharmaceutical composition for treating such conditions as collagen-related diseases and uveitis.

Outside of academia, Anton Lennikov is passionate about travel and exploration. He is fluent in his native Russian, English, and Japanese.

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