Behind the scenes

Karin Cavallin, Scientist at Mabtech

Published: November 17, 2022

Updated: May 26, 2023

Karin presently works in our R&D team. But having been here since 2004, she has had many positions within the organization. This is her Mabtech story.

Hi Karin!

What do you do at Mabtech?
I’m a biomedical scientist, working as a researcher in the later stage of product development. This includes selection of antibody pairs optimal for each appropriate application, refinement of reagents, optimization of the conditions of the different methods, quality control, stability tests, documentation and writing of final reports. I am also involved in developing reagents for new applications. Often, I help out with customer support concerning FluoroSpot, as the method is one of my areas of expertise. And last, but no less important to mention, I always try to have time for a “fika” (Swedish coffee break) every day with my amazing colleagues were several have become like a family over the years.  

For how long have you been working here?
I began at Mabtech back in 2004. People always get surprised when I say that. I’ve never had a day when I didn’t enjoy going to work. 

Oh wow, that’s a long time. You’ve had other positions within the organization as well, right?
I started in the production and quality control group. I was doing affinity chromatography and gel-filtration for many years, combined with biotinylating antibodies, running quality controls in ELISA, ELISpot and later also FluoroSpot. After a couple of years, I switched group to Research and Development, working mainly with FluoroSpot. I was doing many of the conjugations for the fantastic multicolor FluoroSpot kits that we sell today, which in the end made it possible to offer researchers all over the world a broad portfolio of tagged antibodies to choose between in the FluoroSpot Flex panel. 

How did you end up here in the first place?
Actually, I got headhunted by a teacher of mine from Karolinska Institutet who recommended me. Mabtech was looking for a “meticulous person” for quality control. I had been contacted for another position a few months earlier, but this suited me better. I applied right away. 

Anything we “should” know about you? 
I’m like an open book, my colleagues probably know me too well. For those who don’t know me, I’m a piano playing nature photographer with a passion for music and art, in any form. A day is not a good day without a good cup of coffee, with one square of dark chocolate. 

Karin Cavallin

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