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Lecturers 2019

Marianne Alanko
Sweden

Niklas Björkström
Sweden
Niklas Björkström is a resident physician in clinical microbiology at Karolinska University hospital, Huddinge, Sweden, and an Associate Professor in Immunology. He leads a research team within Center for Infectious Medicine at ANA Futura - a newly built research facility at Karolinska Institutet. The main focus of the research group is to understand more about the biology behind tissue-resident natural killer (NK) cells. The previous hypothesis that NK cells mainly recirculate from tissue to blood has been re-evaluated in recent years, and it is now known that NK cells are much more tissue-specific than what was earlier believed. One part of the groups research is to gain better insight into the function and course of development of uterine resident NK cells, by detailed characteriztion of their cell surface expression of killer immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIR). Another interest of the group is resident NK cells in the liver. The goal is to understand how these cells might be involved in the pathogenesis of different liver diseases, such as primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), steatohepatitis (NASH), and hepatitis virus infections (HBV, HCV, HDV), all inflammatory conditions associated with an increased risk of tumor development. The group is specialized in advanced 30-parameter flow cytometry and microscopy, and use these techniques for phenotypic and functional studies of NK cells in health and disease. Recently they have also developed a sensitive method for isolating and analyzing immune cells from the bile duct tree, which so far is a relatively unexplored organ from an immunological point of view.
Maria Buti
Spain
John Dillon
UK
Lucy Dorrell
UK

Jacob Estes
US
Dr. Estes obtained his Ph.D. in Immunology and HIV Pathogenesis in 2003 from Brigham Young University working in the laboratory of Dr. Gregory Burton. From 2003 to 2007, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Ashley Haase in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Minnesota focusing on the in vivo immunopathology of HIV/SIV infections. Following his postdoctoral training, Dr. Estes joined the AIDS and Cancer Virus Program at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research led by Dr. Jeff Lifson, and was a Senior Principal Investigator of the Retroviral Immunopathology Section and Head of the Tissue Analysis Core. Dr. Estes was appointed an Adjunct Professor in the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences in the College of Science, Engineering and Health at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia in 2017. Later in 2017, Dr. Estes accepted a dual appointment as Professor within the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI) and Chief of the Division of Pathobiology & Immunology at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). The central focus of Dr. Estes’s research seeks to understand how HIV/SIV-driven immune response dysregulation leads to tissue pathology, disease progression, and viral persistence with the goal to develop and test effective therapeutic strategies that prevent disease, restore immune function and impact viral reservoir persistence.

Jan Gerstoft
Denmark
Jan Gerstoft is professor of clinical virology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He works at the department of infectious diseases at Rigshospitalet where he is heading the outpatient clinic that primarily takes care of HIV and hepatitis patients. His research has mainly been focused on HIV, since he described the first European AIDS patients in 1981. His research has involved clinical trials of antiviral agents, resistance and cohort studies of co-morbidities. The research has been published in more than 400 papers often in high impact journals.
Marianne Jansson
Sweden
Terese Katzenstein
Denmark
Martin Kåberg
Sweden

Lynne M Mofenson
US
Dr. Mofenson is an infectious disease specialist and Board-Certified pediatrician who has spent her career doing research on prevention and treatment of pediatric and maternal HIV infection. Following several years in private practice of infectious diseases and pediatrics, where she took care of some of the first AIDS patients in Massachusetts in the early 1980’s, she joined the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as Assistant Commissioner for Division of Communicable Disease Control in 1985. In 1989, she moved to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH), here she spent the next 26 years, first as Associate Branch Chief for Clinical Research in the Pediatric, Adolescent and Maternal AIDS Branch and then as Branch Chief in the Maternal and Pediatric Infectious Disease Branch from 2000-2014. At NICHD, she was responsible for program planning and development and scientific direction of research, epidemiologic studies, and clinical trials in domestic and international pediatric, adolescent and maternal HIV infection, led many of the key clinical trials on prevention of mother to child transmission and pediatric and maternal treatment. She currently serves as Senior HIV Technical Advisor to the Research Program at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, where she is assisting in evaluating implementation of many of the interventions on treatment and prevention that she helped to design while at NIH.
Beatriz Mothe
Spain
Vadim Pokrovskiy
Russia
Jannick Prentø
Denmark

Ronald Swanstrom
US
Ronald Swanstrom is Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Director of the UNC Center For AIDS Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. He studies HIV-1 evolution and pathogenesis, especially as it pertains to viral entry and cell tropism. Other interests include the viral protease and protease inhibitors, and viral RNA splicing. A recent focus has been the study of when HIV-1 enters the long-lived viral reservoir that persists during suppressive antiviral therapy.
Sharon Walmsley
Canada

Ola Weiland
Sweden
Ola Weiland has a present position as head of the Liver Disease Section of the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at the Karolinska Institute, Karolinska University Hospital site Huddinge, Stockholm, Sweden. He is also senior professor in Infectious Diseases at Karolinska Institutet at the Department. He has been Head Master for Medical Education within the Department until 2006. Professor Weiland has received his medical degree from Karolinska Institute in 1972 and achieved board certification as a Specialist in
Infectious Diseases in 1977. His research on hepatitis A, B and non-A, non-B virus gained him a PhD at the Karolinska Institute in 1981. Professor Weiland is a member of the European and American Association for Study of the Liver, the Infectious Disease Society of America, and the Swedish Societies for Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Tropical Medicine. He is also president of the Society of the Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases and is on the board of the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology. He has published over 250 original
articles, in addition to 40 reviews or book chapters. His main research interests covers the mechanisms of action, immunological response to, clinical development, and evaluation of antiviral therapy for chronic hepatitis B and C.