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Sara Persson

Sara Persson


My main research focus is on reproduction and reproductive toxicity, especially in relation to environmental pollutants. This includes both wildlife field studies and in vitro models of oocyte maturation and early embryo development. My research on wildlife is closely related to environmental monitoring and pathology.

I work part time at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, as a project leader for the environmental monitoring programme on Baltic seal health. This work includes mainly pathology but also research and health indicator development within HELCOM. I am involved in the BONUS Balthealth project.

I am also involved in teaching reproduction (obstretics, andrology etc) for veterinary students and supervising veterinary student master projects. I have been in the organizing commitée for conferences and symposia within the CRU network (Centre for Reproductive Biology in Uppsala).



Using the wild mink as an indicator of toxicity of environmental pollutants within environmental monitoring

Perfluorinated compounds in wild mink

Comparison of mink and otters as sentinels for environmental pollutants

Decline in female fertility: the impact of pollutants on oocyte quality. The bovine in vitro embryo production system is used as a model.

Alternative methods for developmental toxicity testing. Harmonizing and evaluating in vitro tests in three different species (zebrafish, cow, pig) from a 3R perspective



PhD in veterinary medicine, Uppsala 2013

DVM, doctor in veterinary medicine, Uppsala 2007 (330 ETCS)

Biology, Uppsala 2000-2001 (67,5 ETCS)


Ida Hallberg, PhD student - Oocytetox. Assistant supervisor (ongoing)


Master students (selection):

Persson Leijer, Y: 2017 Biphenol A in urine from Swedish pet dogs - a risk factor for clinical prostate problems?

Ekoutsidou, S Effects of bisphenol A on ovarian morphology in rats

Pålsson, E., 2016 Phthalate metabolites in urine samples from dogs.

Nohrborg, S., 2015 Phthalates in dog toys on the Swedish market.

Selected publications

Selected publications (for all publications see Google Scholar)

I Hallberg, J Kjellgren, S Persson, S Örn, Y Sjunnesson, 2019. Perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA) alters lipid accumulation in bovine blastocysts after oocyte exposure during in vitro maturation Reproductive Toxicology 84, 1-8

S Persson, C Stålheim, 2018. Homogenization‐resistant spermatids in testicular tissue stored under suboptimal conditions—Effect of time and temperature Reproduction in Domestic Animals 53 (6), 1575-1579

K Ljungvall, U Magnusson, M Korvela, M Norrby, J Bergquist, S Persson, 2017. Heavy metal concentrations in female wild mink (Neovison vison) in Sweden: Sources of variation and associations with internal organ weights. Environmental toxicology and chemistry 36 (8), 2030-2035

S Persson, TH Jensen, AL Blomström, MT Appelberg, U Magnusson, 2015 Aleutian mink disease virus in free-ranging mink from Sweden PLoS One 10 (3), e0122194

S Persson, U Magnusson, 2015. Environmental pollutants and alterations in the reproductive system in wild male mink (Neovison vison) from Sweden Chemosphere 120, 237-245

U Magnusson, S Persson 2015 Endocrine Disruptors in Domestic Animal Reproduction: A Clinical Issue? 2015. Reproduction in Domestic Animals 50 (Issue Supplement S3), 15-19

S Persson, A Rotander, A Kärrman, B van Bavel, U Magnusson, 2013 Perfluoroalkyl acids in subarctic wild male mink (Neovison vison) in relation to age, season and geographical area Environment international 59, 425-430 23 2013

S Persson, A Rotander, B van Bavel, B Brunström, BM Bäcklin, U Magnusson 2013. Influence of age, season, body condition and geographical area on concentrations of chlorinated and brominated contaminants in wild mink (Neovison vison) in Sweden Chemosphere 90 (5), 1664-1671

S Persson, BM Bäcklin, H Kindahl, B Brunström, U Magnusson, 2011 Influence of age, nutritional status and season on the reproductive system in wild male mink (Neovison vison) European journal of wildlife research 57 (5), 1057-1063



Lecturer at the Department of Clinical Sciences; Division of Reproduction
Telephone: +4618673467
Postal address:
SLU, Institutionen för kliniska vetenskaper
Box 7054
750 07 UPPSALA
Visiting address: Ulls väg 26, Uppsala