Wall of fame

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At the Department of Medicine it is tradition to congratulate all who have taken a doctorate. We do that here at The Wall of fame. 

Here among the links you can see our latest new doctors at the Wall of fame, and read more about their dissertations.

Every year the Department has about 10 new doctors. Their disserations cover several interesting fields of research within the subject of Medical Science.

2016

Proscovia Naluyima Sekiziyivu

Role of innate cellular immunity in the immunopathogenesis of HIV-1 infection in Uganda

Proscovia Naluyima Sekiziyivu, CIM, took her doctorate on 8 December.

Supervisor was Professor Johan Sandberg, CIM, Karolinska Institutet.

Opponent was professor Clive Gray.

The defense was held at Makerere University College of Health Sciences in Uganda.

Simona Conte 

Genotype-phenotype relations in SF3B1 mutated myelodysplastic syndromes with ring sideroblasts

Simona Conte, HERM, took her doctorate on 18 November 

Supervisor was Professor, Eva Hellström-Lindberg, HERM, Karolinska Institutet 

Opponent was Professor David P. Steensma, M.D.
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA Department of Medicine Division of Hematology/Oncology 

Lisa Liu

Dynamic shaping of human NK cell receptor repertoires : implications for NK cell-based immunotherapy

Lisa Liu, CIM, took her doctorate on 18 November

Supervisor was Prof. Karl-Johan Malmberg, CIM, Karolinska Institutet 

Opponent was Professor Dean Anthony Lee, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Division of Hematology, Oncology and BMT

Johan Lund

Clinical studies in multiple myeloma

Johan Lund, HERM, took his doctorate on 14 October

Supervisor was Hareth Nahi, HERM, Karolinska Institutet 

Opponent was Prof. Frits van Rhee University of Arkansnas for Medicial Sciences
Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy

Patricia Q. Rodríguez Rivera

Putting the pieces together : elucidation of podocyte biology in the homeostasis of the kidney filtration barrier

Patricia Q. Rodríguez Rivera, ICMC, took her doctorate on 16 September

Supervisor was Jaakko Patrakka, ICMC

Opponent was prof. Karlhans Endlich from the University of Greisswald

Martha-Lena Mueller

Role of syntaxin-11 and munc18-2 in lymphocyte cytotoxic granule exocytosis

Martha-Lena Mueller, Center for Hematology and Regenerative Medicine, took her doctorate on 9 September

Main supervisor was Assoc. Professor Yenan Bryceson, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Center for Hematology and Regenerative Medicine

CO- supervisors was Professor Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren, Karolinska Institutet, Assoc. Professor Björn Önfelt, Karolinska Institutet, Dr. Matthias Voss, Karolinska Institutet and Stephanie Wood, PhD, Karolinska Institutet

Opponent was Assoc. Professor Shuzo Sugita, University of Toronto, Department of Physiology Division of Fundamental Neurobiology

Beatrice Sjöberg

Studies on cholesterol and bile acid metabolism in relation to plasma lipoproteins

Beatrice Sjöberg, Unit for Metabolism, took her doctorate on 22 June

Main supervisor was Prof. Mats Rudling, Karolinska Institutet. Department of Medicine, Huddinge

CO-supervisors was Prof. Bo Angelin, Karolinska Institutet, Department ofMedicine, Huddinge

Opponent was Adj Professor Eva Hurt-Camejo, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Laboratory Medicine

Yasmina Belarbi

The regulatory role of microRNA in human adipocytes and their link to insulin resistance

Yasmina Belarbi, Unit for Endocrinology and Diabetes, took her doctorate on 20 June

Main supervisor was Agné Kulyté, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet

Bihandledare var Mikael Rydén och Peter Arner, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet

Opponent var Gunnar Mellgren, University of Bergen, Department of Clinical Science 

Srikanth Mairpady Shambat 

Host-Pathogen interactions in invasive Staphylococcus aureus infections

Srikanth Mairpady Shambat, Center for Infectious Medicine, took his doctorate on 10 June.

Main supervisor was Professor Anna Norrby-Teglund, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine, Huddinge , Center for infectious Medicine

CO-supervisors was Docent Mattias Svensson, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Center for infectious Medicine

PhD Gayathri Arakere, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Society for Innovation and Development

Opponent was Professor Dr. Med. Annelies Zinkemagel, University of Zürich, Department of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology

Kim Blom

Cell-mediated immunity to flavivirus infections

Kim Blom, Center for Infectious Medicine, took her doctorate on 20 May.

Main supervisor was Professor Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren, Karolinska Institutet, Institutionen för Medicin, Huddinge, Centrum för infektionsmedicin

Co- supervisors was Professor Johan Sandberg, Karolinska Institutet, Institutionen för Medicin, Huddinge, Centrum för infektionsmedicin

Docent Jakob Michaelsson, Karolinska Institutet, Institutionen för Medicin, Huddinge, Centrum för infektionsmedicin

Sara Gredmark Russ, MD-PhD. Karolinska Institutet, lnstitutionen för Medicin, Huddinge, Centrum för infektionsmedicin

Opponent was Docent Thorbald van Hall, Leiden University Medical Center, Department of Clinical Oncology

Monika Enqvist

Mechanisms influencing natural killer cell recognition of tumour cells

Monika Enqvist, Center for infectious Medicine, took her doctorate 4 May

Main supervisor was Karl-Johan Malmberg, Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Center for infectious Medicine

Co supervisors was Dr. Mattias Carlsten, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Center for Hematology and Regenerative Medicine (HERM)

Yenan Bryceson, Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Center for Hematology and Regenerative Medicine (HERM)

Opponent was Fredrik Berg Thorén, docent, Göteborg Universitet, Sahlgrenska Cancer Center

Hannes Hagström 

The importance of fat and alcohol for progression and prognosis in chronic liver disease

Hannes Hagström, Unit for Inflammation, Gastroenterology and Rheumatology, took his doctorate on 29 April

Principal supervisor was Per Stål, Inst för medicin Huddinge, Enheten för gastroenterologi och reumatologi

Co supervisors was Annika Bergquist, Inst för medicin Huddinge, Enheten för gastroenterologi och reumatologi

Rolf Hultcrantz. Inst för medicin Huddinge, Enheten för gastroenterologi och reumatologi

Opponent was Henrik Vilstrup. Aarhus Universitet

Johanna Brännström

Assessment of patients with late diagnosis and missed opportunities in the Swedish HIV-1 epidemic

Johanna Brännström, Unit for Infection and Dermatology, took her doctorate on 17 March.

Principal supervisor was Professor Anders Sönnerborg, Karolinska Institutet, Dept. of Medicine Huddinge, Unit of Infectious Diseases

Co-supervisor(s):

Dr. Veronica Svedhem Johansson, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Unit of Infectious Diseases

Dr. Gaetano Marrone, Karolinska University Hospital, Department of Infectious Diseases

Opponent:

Dr. Matti Ristola, University of Helsinki, Department of Clinical Medicine

David Malone

Innate Immunity in the immunopathogenesis of chronic viral infection

David Malone took his doctorate on 19 February

Principal Supervisor was Professor Johan Sandberg, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Centre for Infectious Medicine

Co-supervisor(s) was Professor Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Centre for Infectious Medicine

Assistant Professor Niklas Bjorkström, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Centre for Infectious Medicine

Doctor Karolin Falconer, Karolinska Institntet, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Centre for Infectious Medicine

Opponent was Professor Robert Thimme University Hospital Freiburg, Department of Medicine, Clinic for Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Endocrinology, Infectious Diseases

Amanda Häggblom

Antiretroviral drug resistance and treatment outcomes of human immunodeficiency virus type-1, implications for low and middle income countries

Amanda Häggblom, Unit of Infectious Diseases and Dermatology, Dept of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet, took her doctorate on 21 January

Principal supervisor was Professor Anders Sönnerborg, Karolinska Institutet, Dept. of Medicine Huddinge, Unit of Infectious Diseases

Co-supervisors was Dr. Irene Bontell, KI, Dept. of Medicine Huddinge, Dr. Jenny Svärd, KI, Dept. of Laboratory Medicine, Division of Clinical Microbiology and Dr. Gaetano Marrone, KI, Dept. of Public Health Sciences

Opponent was Dr. Matti Ristola, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Division of Infectious Diseases

2015

Auksé Mickiené

Tick-borne encephalitis:clinical and pathogenetic aspects

Auksé Mickiené, Unit of Infectious Diseases and Dermatology, Department of Medicine Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet, took her doctorate on 18 December 

Main supervisor Professor Lars Lindquist, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine Huddinge, Unit of Infectious Diseases and Dermatology

Co-supervisor was Professor Åke Lundkvist, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, BMC, Uppsala University 

Opponent was Professor Lars Hagberg, University of Gothenburg, Department of Infectious Medicine, Institute Biomedicine Sahlgrenska Academy

Wondwossen Amogne Degu

Optimization of TB/HIV co-treatment in Ethiopian patients

Wondwossen Amogne Degu, Unit of Infectious Diseases and Dermatology, took his doctorate on 11 December

Main supervisor was Professor Lars Lindquist, Unit of Infectious Diseases and Dermatology, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine Huddinge

Co-Supervisors was Professor Anders Sönnerborg, Department of Medicine Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet and Associate professor Eleni Aklillu, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Karolinska Institutet

Opponent was Professor Rune Andersson, University of Gothenburg, Department of Infectious Medicine

Samuel C.C. Chiang

Functional assays for the diagnosis of
primary defects in lymphocyte cytotoxicity

Samuel C.C. Chiang, Center for Infectious Medicine, took his doctorate on 20 November

Main supervisor was Assistant Professor Yenan T Bryceson, Karolinska Institutet

CO supervisor was Prof. Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren, Karolinska Institutet and Professor Jan-Inge Henter, Karolinska Institutet

Opponent was Associate Professor Mirjam van der Burg,
University Medical Center Rotterdam, Department of Immunology

Frank Liang

Innate immune responses in vivo after antigen
administration – Implications for vaccine development

Frank Liang, Center for Infectious Medicine, took his doctorate on 9 October.

Main supervisor was Prof. Karin Loré, Karolinska Institutet

CO supervisor was Prof. Jan Andersson, Karolinska Institutet and Senior Investigator Richard A Koup, NIH, Bethesda, USA

Opponent was Prof. Andrea Cerutti, Institut Hospital del Mar d’Inverstigaciones Mèdiques, Barcelona, Spain and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NEW York USA

Susanna Bächle

A Virologist’s guide to hide and seek:
Evasion of Innate Immunity by primate Lentiviruses

Susanna Bächle, Center for Infectious Medicine, took her doctorate on 21 September.

Main supervisor was Doctor Markus Moll.

Co-supervisors was Professor Johan Sandberg, Assistant Professor Anna Smed Sörensen.

Opponent was Professor Sarah Rowland-Jones.

 

 

Katarina Uttervall

Biological markers and treatment as prognostic factors in multiple myeloma

Katarina Uttervall, Unit of Hematology, took her doctorate on 28 August.

Main supervisor was Professor Hareth Nahi, Department of Medicine Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Co-supervisor was Professor Gösta Gahrton; Professor Evren Alici; Professor Johan Aschan, Karolinska Institutet. 

Opponent was Professor Ola Landgren.

Johan Bood

Studies of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction to
define protective mechanisms in asthma

Johan Bood, Unit of Heart and Lung Diseases, took his doctorate on 12 June.

Main supervisor was Professor Barbro Dahlén, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Co-supervisor was Professor Sven-Erik Dahlén, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Senior researcher Craig Wheelock, Division of Physiological Chemistry II, Karolinska Institutet and Professor Sandra Anderson, University of Sydney, Division of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine.

Opponent was Professor Göran Hedenstierna, Department of Medical Sciences, Uppsala University.

Johanna Apro

Studies on cholesterol and lipoprotein metabolism: emphasis on diabetes and sugar

Johanna Apro, Unit of Metabolism, took her doctorate on 29 May.

Main supervisor was Professor Mats Rudling, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Co-supervisor was Professor Bo Angelin, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Opponent was Ph.D Daniel Lindén, Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases Innovative Medicines, AstraZeneca.

Annie Pettersson

Novel aspects of metabolic regulation and inflammation in human adipocytes

Annie Pettersson, Unit of Endocrinology, took her doctorate on 19 May.

Main supervisor was: Jurga Laurencikiene, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Co-supervisor(s) was: Peter Arner, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet and Agné Kulyté, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet. 

Opponent was: Jorge Ruas, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Karolinska Institutet.

Aditya Sai Ambati

Influenza specific T- and B-cell responses in immunosuppressed patients

Aditya Sai Ambati, Unit of Hematology, took his doctorate on 13 May.

Main supervisor was Professor Per Ljungman, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Co-supervisor was Professor Markus Maeurer, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Karolinska Institutet.

Opponent was Professor Jorma Hinkula, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Linköpings University.

Magnus Tobiasson

Clinical and molecular effects of azacitidine in the myelodysplastic syndromes

Magnus Tobiasson, Center for hematology and regenerative medicine, HERM, took his doctorate on 6 March.

Main supervisor was Professor Eva Hellström-Lindberg, Department of medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Co-supervisors were Docent Lars Möllgård, Department of medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet, Docent Johanna Ungerstedt, Department of medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet and Professor Karl Ekwall, Department of Biosciences and Nutrition, Karolinska Institutet.

Opponent was Professor Carsten Müller-Tidow, Department of Hematology and Oncology, University Hospital Halle.

Lena Berglin

Foto: Jan GleisnerBiliary epithelial cells, the immune system and PSC pathogenesis

Lena Berglin, Unit of Gastroenterology and Rheumatology, took her doctorate on 20 February.

Main supervisor was Adjunct Professor Annika Bergquist, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Co-supervisor was Assistant Professor Niklas Björkström, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Opponent was Professor Marie Carlson, Uppsala University.

2014

Daniel P. Andersson

Significance of adipose tissue characteristics for development of metabolic complications in obesity

Daniel P. Andersson, Unit of Endocrinology with the Lipid laboratory, took his doctorate on 5 December.

Main supervisor was Associate Professor Johan Hoffstedt, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Co-supervisors were Professor Peter Arner, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet and PhD Patrik Löfgren, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Opponent was Professor Jan Eriksson, Uppsala University.

Hilmir Asgeirsson

Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia and endocarditis: epidemiology, short- and long-term mortality

Hilmir Asgeirsson, Unit of Infectious Diseases and Dermatology, took his doctorate on 5 December.

Main supervisor was Professor Ola Weiland, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Co-supervisors were Docent Már Kristjánsson, University of Iceland, Anders Thalme, MD, PhD, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet and Professor Karl G. Kristinsson, University of Iceland.

Opponent was Docent Lars Olaison, University of Gothenburg.

Joel Marmur

Importance of iron overload and steatosis in patients with chronic liver disease

Joel Marmur, Unit of Gastroenterology and Rheumatology, took his doctorate on 28 November.

Main supervisor was Docent Per Stål, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Co-supervisor was Professor Rolf Hultcrantz, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Opponent was Docent Fredrik Rorsman, Uppsala University.

Jonas Fuks

Host molecular determinants of toxoplasma gondii dissemination

Jonas Fuks, Center for Infectious Medicine, took his doctorate on 21 November.

Main supervisor was Professor Antonio Barragan, Center for Infectious Medicine, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University.

Co-superviors were Professor Per Uhlén, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Karolinska Institutet, Docent Benedict Chambers, Center for Infectious Medicine, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet and Docent Adnane Achour, Science for Life Laboratory and Department of Medicine, Solna, Karolinska Institutet.

Opponent was Professor Vernon B. CarruthersUniversity of Michigan,Department of Microbiology and Immunology, United States of America.

Theo Gülen

Mast cell activation disorders: a liaison between anaphylaxis and mastocytosis

Theo Gülen, Unit of Heart and Lung Disease , took his doctorate on 7 November.

Main supervisor was var Docent Hans Hägglund, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Co-supervisors were Professor Gunnar Nilsson, Department of Medicine, Solna, Karolinska Institutet och Professor Barbro Dahlén, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Opponent was Professor Dean D. Metcalfe, National Instiutes of Health, Bethesda, USA.

Katharina Lind

Katharina LindA battle between host and pathogen: the innate immune response and enterovirus evasion strategies

Katharina Lind, Center for Infectious Medicine, took her doctorate on 10 October.

Main supervisor was Docent Malin Flodström-Tullberg, Center for Infectious Medicine, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Co-supervisors were Docent Markus Moll, Center for Infectious Medicine, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet, and Professor Olle Korsgren, Uppsala university.

Opponent was Professor Ilkka Julkunen, Åbo university.

Carl Westholm

Carl WestholmQuantitative echocardiographic methods for patients with acute coronary syndrome

Carl Westholm, Unit of Heart and Lung Diseases, took his doctorate on 19 September.

Main supervisor was Professor Reidar Winter, Department of Medicine Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Co-supervisor was Docent Tomas Jernberg, Department of Medicine Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Opponent was Professor Frank Flachskampf, Uppsala university.

Andreas Björklund

Immune repertoire diversity in allogeneic stem cell transplantation and its implications for infections and the graft versus leukemia effect

Andreas Björklund, Unit of Hematology, took his doctorate on September 19.

Main supervisor was Professor Per Ljungman, Unit of Hematology, Department of Medicine Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Co-supervisors were Professor Karl-Johan Malmberg, Center for Infectious Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet and Professor Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren, Center for Infectious Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Opponent was Professor Katharine Hsu, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Allogeneic Marrow Transplant Service, Department of Medicine.

Malin Ackefors

malin ackeforsNatural course and treatment outcome in hepatitis C recurrence after liver transplantation

Malin Ackefors, Unit of Infectious Diseases and Dermatology, took her doctorate on 12 September.

Main supervisor was Professor Ola Weiland, Department of Medicine Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Co-supervisors were Dr Annika Wernerson, Docent, Överläkare, CLINTEC, Karolinska Institutet and Dr. Henrik Gjertsen, CLINTEC, Karolinska Institutet.

Opponent was Professor Thomas Berg, University of Leipzig, Department of Medicine.

Anna Linnér

Clinical and pathophysiological aspects of sepsis

Anna Linnér, Center for Infectious Medicine, took her doctorate 4 April. 

Supervisor was Anna Norrby-Teglund, Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Center for Infectous Medicine 

Co-supervisor were Linda Johansson, PhD, Karolinska Institutet and Oslo University, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Center for Infectious Medicine, and Carl-Johan Treutiger, Associate Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Center for Infectious Medicine

Opponent was Shiranee Sriskandan, professor, Imperial College London, Department of Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases and Immunity, Hammersmith Campus, London, UK

Pär Larsson

Pär LarssonInteractions Between Enteroviruses and the Host - Implications for Type 1 Diabetes

Pär Larsson, Center for Infectious Medicine, took his doctorate 21 March. 

Supervisor was Malin Flodström Tullberg, PhD, Associate Professor, Center for Infectious Medicine, Huddinge, Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet. 

Co-supervisors was Karin Loré, PhD, Associate Professor, Center for Infectious Medicine, Huddinge, Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet. 

Opponent was Outi Vaarala, Professor, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland.

Martin Ivarsson

The Ontogeny and Regulation of Human Natural Killer Cells

Martin Ivarsson, Center for infectious medicine, took his doctorate 7 March.

Supervisor was Jakob Michaelsson, PhD, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Center for infectious medicine. 

Co-supervisor were Kalle Malmberg, Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Center for infectious medicine, and Anders Sönnerborg, Professor, Karolinska Institute, Department of Laboratory Medicin.

Opponent was Chiara Romagnani, MD, PhD, Deutsches Rheuma-Forschungszentrum(DRFZ), Berlin, Germany.

Eva Allerbring

Molecular basis for enhanced T-cell recognition and cross-reactivity

Eva Allerbring, Center for infectious medicine, took her doctorate 10 January, 2014.

Supervisor was Adnane Achour, Associate Professor, Center for Infectious Medicine, Department of Medicine, and Science for Life Laboratory.

Co-Supervisors were Per-Åke Nygren, Professor, School of Biotechnology, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and Michael Uhlin, Associate Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Karolinska Institutet.

Opponent was Yvonne Jones, Professor, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

2013

Senait Ashenafi Betemariam

Studies of immune responses in human tuberculosis

Senait Ashenafi Betemariam, Center for Infectious Medicine, took her doctorate 13 December, 2013.

Supervisor was Susanna Brighenti, Assistant professor, CIM, Department of Medicne Huddinge, KI.

Co-Supervisors were Jan Andersson, professor, CIM, Department of Medicine Huddinge, KI, and Mattias Svensson, Associate professor, CIM, Department of Medicine Huddinge, KI.

Opponent was Pernille Ravn, Associate professor, Copenhagen university hospital Hilleroed, Denmark.

Lena Catry (Pérez-Bercoff)

Specific T- and B-cell responses against Human cytomegalovirus after Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

Lena Catry (Pérez-Bercoff), Unit of Hematology, took her doctorate 12 December, 2013.

Supervisor was Per Ljungman, Professor, Department of Medicine Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Co-supervisor was Markus Maeurer, Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Therapeutic Immunology, Karolinska Institutet.

Opponent was Vincent Emery, Professor, Department of Microbial and Cellular Sciences, Section for Translational Virology, University of Surrey.

Jenny Stenkvist

HIV/HCV co-infection in Sweden - Epidemiology, HCV treatment and the importance of IL28B gene polymorphism

Jenny Stenkvist, Unit of Infectious Diseases and Dermatology, took her doctorate 6 December, 2013.

Supervisor was Ola Weiland, Professor, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, KI.
Co-supervisors were Anders Sönnerborg, Professor, and Dr Karolin Falconer, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, KI.
Opponent was Per Björkman, Associate professor, Clinical Sciences, Skånes University Hospital, University of Lund

Sten Erik Bergström

Teenagers and young adults with asthma and allergy, risk-factors and T-cell regulation

Sten Erik Bergström, Unit of Heart and Lung disease, took his doctorate 6 December, 2013.

Supervisor was Karl-Gösta Sundqvist, Professor, KI, Department of Laboratory Medicine.

Co-supervisor was Gunilla Hedlin, Professor, KI, Department of Women's and Children's Health.

Opponent was Per Albertsson, Reader, Department of Oncology, University of Gothenburg.

Patrik Gille-Johnson

Diagnostic and prognostic markers in sepsis

Patrik Gille-Johnson, Unit of Infectious Diseases and Dermatology, took his doctorate 22 November, 2013.

Supervisor was Jan Andersson, Professor, KI, Department of Medicine, Huddinge.

Co-supervisor was Bengt Gårdlund, MD, PhD, KI, Department of Medicine, Huddinge.

Opponent was Per Åkesson, MD, Lunds University, Division of Infection Medicine (SUS).

Dina Melki

Assessment of patients with symptoms suggestive of acute coronary syndrome - The use of high sensitive cardiac troponin T and a risk score

Dina Melki, Unit of Heart and Lung Diseases, took her doctorate 1 November, 2013.

Supervisor was Tomas Jernberg, Associate professor, KI, Department of Medicine, Huddinge.

Co-supervisor was Suzanne Lind, Doctor of medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Laboratory Medicine.

Opponent was Johan Herlitz, Professor, University of Borås, School of Health Sciences.

Christian Smedman

Toll-like receptor-induced cytokine secretion by human monocytes in healthy donors and septic patients assessed at the single cell level

Christian Smedman, Unit for Infectious Diseases and Dermatology, Huddinge, took his doctorate 29 September, 2013.

Main supervisor was Jan Andersson, Professor, Department of medicine Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Co-supervisor was Staffan Paulie, Stockholm University, Wenner-Grens Institut, Department of Immunology.

Opponent was Professor Peter Pickkers, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical, Centre, Nederländerna, Department of Intensive Care Medicine.

Ujjwal Neogi

Translational Genomics of HIV-1 Subtype C in India: Molecular Phylogeny and Drug Resistance

Ujjwal Neogi, Unit of Infectious Diseases and Dermatology, took his doctorate 11 June, 2013.

Main supervisor was Professor Anders Sönnerborg, Department of Medicine Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge.

Co-supervisors were Dr. Irene Bontell, Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge, and Dr. Ayesha De Costa, Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, as well as Professor Udaykumar Ranga, Molecular Biology and Genetics Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, India.

Opponent was Dr. Hervy Fleury, Laboratoire de Virologie, Université de Bordeaux, France.

Anh Thu Nguyen Hoang

Tissue Regulation of Dendritic Cells: with focus on chemokines, function and migration

Anh Thu Nguyen Hoang, Center for Infectious Medicine, took her doctorate 5 June, 2013.

Supervisor was Mattias Svensson, Ass. Prof., Center for Infectious Medicine, Department of Medicine, KI, Huddinge.

Co-supervisors were Susanna Brighenti, Ph.D., Center for Infectious Medicine, Department of Medicine, KI, Huddinge, and Jan Andersson, Professor, Center for Infectious Medicine, Department of Medicine, KI, Huddinge.

Opponent was Professor Todd A. Reinhart, Dept of Infectious Diseases & Microbiology University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

Sanna Nyström

Roles of Innate Immune Receptors: Host - Pathogen Interactions and Strengthening Vaccines

Sanna Nyström, Center for Infectious Medicine, took her doctorate 24 May, 2013.

Supervisor was Steven E Applequist, Assistant Professor, Center for Infectious Medicine,Karolinska Institutet

Co-supervisors were Anna-Lena Spetz, Associate Professor, Center for Infectious Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, and Jorma Hinkula, Professor, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine Virology, Linköping University

Opponent was Professor Mohamed Lamkanfi, Department of Medical Protein Research, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, VIB/Ghent University, Belgium.

Niklas Mejhert

Characterization of adipose factors regulated by body weight

Niklas Mejhert, Unit of Endocrinology, took his doctorate 31 May, 2013.

Main supervisor was Docent Ingrid Dahlman, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Co-supervisor was Professor Peter Arner, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Opponent was Professor Matthias Blüher, University of Leipzig, Department of Medicine.

Kameran Daham

Clinical studies on the role of eicosanoids in the asthmatic airway inflammation

Kameran Daham, Unit of Heart and Lung Diseases, took his doctorate, 31 May, 2013.

Main supervisor was Docent Barbro Dahlén, Unit of Heart and Lung Diseases, Department of medicine Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Supervisor was Doctor Bo Billing, Respiratory Medicine and Allergy, Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge.

Opponent was Professor Ronald Dahl, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University.

Leonie Saft

TP53 mutations in myelodysplastic syndromes with deletion of 5q

Leonie Saft, Unit of Hematology, took her doctorate on 24 May, 2013.

Main supervisor was Eva Hellström-Lindberg, Professor, Department of medicine Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Co-supervisor was Anna Porwit, University of Toronto, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, Toronto, Canada.

Opponent was Professor Thoas Fioretos, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Clinical Genetic, Lund University.

Dina Mahmoud Ali

Mechanistic Studies of APR-246 in Leukemia

Dina Mahmoud Ali, Unit of Hematology, took her doctorate 23 May, 2013.

Main supervisor was Sören Lehmann, Docent, Department of medicine Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet.

Co-supervisors were Christer Paul, Professor, Department of medicine Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet, and Beston Nore, Docent, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Karolinska Institutet.

Opponent was Professor Urban Gullberg, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Lund University.

Annelie Mollbrink

Experimental and clinical studies on liver regeneration and hepatocellular carcinoma. Roles of redox proteins, iron homeostasis and multikinase inhibition

Annelie Mollbrink, Unit of Gastroenterology and Rheumatology, took her doctorate on 19 April 2013.

Main supervisor was Docent Per Stål, Unit of Gastroenterology and Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, Huddinge. Co-supervisor was Professor Lennart Eriksson, Department of Laboratory Medicine.

Faculty opponent was Professor Joar Svanvik, Linköping University.

Sayma Rahman

Local immune responses in tuberculosis: cytolytic effector functions at the site of mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection

Sayma Rahman, Center for Infectious Medicine, took her doctorate 12 April 2013.

Main supervisor was PhD Susanna Brighenti, Center for Infectious Medicine.

Co-supervisor was Docent Mattias Svensson oand professor Jan Andersson at Ceenter for Infectous Medicine.

Opponent was Professor Steffen Stenger Universitätsklinikum Ulm Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie und Hygiene Ulm, Germany.

Mini Ruiz

The glucocorticoid receptor as a regulator of cortisol responses in cortisol resistant patients and healthy subjects

Mini Ruiz, Unit of Endocrinology, took her doctorate on 9 April, 2013.

Main supervisor was Docent Hans Wahrenberg, Department of Medicine, Huddinge. Co-supervisors were Professor Sigbritt Werner, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Docent Ann-Charlotte Wikström, Department of Biosciences and Nutrition and Docent Mats Gåfvels, Department of Laboratory Medicine.

Opponent was Professor Gudmundur Johannsson, The Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg.

Sofia Andersson

Invariant NKT cells and CD1d in HIV-1 infection

Sofia Andersson, Center for Infectious Medicine, took her doctorate on January 25, 2013.

Main supervisor was Docent Markus Moll, Center for Infectious Medicine and co-supervisor was Docent Johan Sandberg, Center for Infectious Medicine.

Opponent was Professor Susanna Cardell, University of Gothenburg.

2012

Ylva Bonde

Studies on the effects of thyroid hormone on cholesterol and lipoprotein metabolism

Ylva Bonde, Unit of Metabolism, took her doctorate on December 14, 2012.

Main supervisor was Professor Mats Rudling, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, KI.

Co-supervisors were Professor Bo Angelin, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, KI and Dr Cecilia Gälman, KI.

Opponent was Jan Oscarsson, University of Gothenburg.

Sofia Ajeganova

Addressing cardiovascular risk factors and therapy effects in rheumatoid arthritis: implications for atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease

Sofia Ajeganova, Unit of Gastroenterology and Rheumatology, took her doctorate on December 14, 2012.

Main supervisor was Professor Ingiäld Hafström, Unit of Gastroenterology and Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, KI.

Co-supervisors were Professor Johan Frostegård, The Institute of Environmental Medicine, KI and Professor Ulf de Faire, The Institute of Environmental Medicine, KI.

Opponent was Professor Lennart Jacobsson, The Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg.

Lina Lindström

Inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal neoplasia and treatment with ursodeoxycholic acid in primary sclerosing cholangitis

Lina Lindström, Unit of Gastroenterolgy and Rheumatology, took her doctorate on 7 December 2012.

Main supervisor was Docent Annika Bergquist, Unit of Gastroenterolgy and Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, KI.

Co-supervisor was Professor Rolf Hultcrantz, Unit of Gastroenterolgy and Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, KI.

Opponent was Docent Jonas Halfvarson, Örebro University.

Emily Bond

Studies of human dendritic cells in the skin after antigen exposure

Emily Bond, Center for Infectious Medicine, took her doctorate on 30 November 2012.

Main supervisor was Docent Karin Loré, Center for Infectious Medicine, Department of Medicine, KI.

Co-supervisor was Jan Andersson, Center for Infectious Medicine, Department of Medicine, KI.

Opponent was Professor Anthony Cunningham, Westmead Millennium Institute, Sydney, Australia.

Daniel Tesfa

Rituximab-induced neutropenia: clinical and patophysiological studies

Daniel Tesfa, Unit of Hematology, took his doctorate on 9 November 2012.

Main supervisor was Docent Hans Hägglund, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, KI.

Co-supervisors were Professor Jan Palmblad, Department of Medicine, Huddinge and Professor Bengt Fadeel, Institute of Environmental Medicine, KI.

Opponent was Professor David Dale, University of Washington, Department of Medicine.

Hannes Uchtenhagen

Elicitation and enhancement of T and B cell responses

Hannes Uchtenhagen, Center for Infectious Medicine, took his doctorate on 26 October 2012.

Main supervisor was Adnande Achour, associate professor and co-supervisor was Anna-Lena Spetz, associate professor.

Opponent was Jonathan W. Yewdell, MD, PhD, Laboratory of Viral Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,(NIAID), NIH, USA.

Adil Doganay Duru

MHC-class I restricted peptidebasedimmunomodulation of CD8+T and NK cells

Adil Doganay Duru, Center for Infectious Medicine, took his doctorate on 28 September 2012.

Main supervisor was Docent Adnane Achour, Center for Infectious Medicine, Department of Medicine, Huddinge.

Co-supervisors were Professor Klas Kärre, Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, Docent Michael Uhlin, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Docent Jacob Odeberg, Department of Medicine, Solna.

Faculty opponent was Docent Sebastian Springer, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany, School of Engineering & Science.

Tolga Sütlü

Expansion and genetic modification of human natural killer cells for adoptive immunotherapy of cancer

Tolga Sütlü, Unit of Hematology, took his doctorate on 1 June 2012.

Main supervisor was Evren Alici, M.D., PhD, HERM, Department of Medicine, Huddinge.

Co-supervisors were Hareth Nahi, Docent, HERM, Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren, Professor, CIM and Adnane Achour, Docent, CIM, all at the Department of Medicine, Huddinge.

Opponent was Jeffrey S. Miller, Professor, University of Minnesota, Department of Medicine, USA.

Annette Sköld

Strategies for modulation of dendritic cell responses

Annette Sköld took her doctorate on 1 June 2012.

Supervisor was Anna-Lena Spetz, Associate Professor, CIM, Department of Medicine, Huddinge.

Co-supervisors were Dr Lilian Walther Jallow, Apotekarsocieteten, and Dr Barbro Mäkitalo, Smittskyddsinstitutet.

Opponent was Jolanda M. de Vries, Professor, Department of Tumor Immunology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Kari Johansson

Very low energy diets in the treatment of obesity: studies of obstructive sleep apnoea, side-effects, and treatment discontinuation

Kari Johansson took her doctorate on 1 June 2012.

Supervisor was Docent Martin Neovius, Department of Medicine, Solna.

Co-supervisors were Med dr Erik Hemmingsson, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska University Hospital, and Professor Stephan Rössner, Department of Medicine, Huddinge.

Opponent was Docent Jarl Torgerson, Gothenburg University

Sandra Andersson

Formation of the inhibitory KIR repertoire in human natural killer cells

Sandra Andersson, Center for Infectious Medicine, took her doctorate on 17 February 2012.

Main supervisor: Professor Kalle Malmberg, Center for Infectious Medicine, Department of Medicine, Huddinge

Co-supervisors:Professor Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren, Center for Infectious Medicine, Department of Medicine, Huddinge

and Professor Eva Hellström-Lindberg, Unit for Hematology, Department of Medicine, Huddinge

Faculty opponent: Professor Markus Uhrberg, Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf, Institute for Transplantation Diagnostics and Cell Therapeutics

Britta Stenson

Studies of LXR and CIDEA function in human adipocytes

Britta Stenson took her doctorate on 17 February 2012.

Main supervisor: Docent Jurga Laurencikiene, Department of Medicine, Huddinge

Co-supervisor: Docent Mikael Rydén, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, and Professor Peter Arner, Department of Medicine

Faculty opponent: Professor Peter Strålfors, Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine

Stefan Deneberg

Prognostic and biological implications of epigenetic changes in leukemia

Stefan Deneberg, Unit of hematology, took his doctorate on 20 January 2012.

Main supervisor: Docent Sören Lehmann, Department of Medicine, Huddinge

Co-supervisor: Professor Christer Paul, Department of Medicine, Huddinge

Opponent: Dr Lars Bullinger, University of Ulm, Department of Internal Medicine III

Venkatramanan Mohanram

On HIV-1 restriction in human dendritic cells
and peripheral blood mononuclear cells

Venkatramanan Mohanram, Center for Infectious Medicine, took his doctorate on 13 January 2012.

Main supervisor: Docent Anna-Lena Spetz, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Center for Infectious Medicine

Co-supervisors: Professor Juha Kere, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Biosciences and Nutrition, and Dr Lilian Walther-Jallow, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Center for Infectious Medicine

Faculty opponent: Professor Stefan Schwartz, Lund University

2011

Oscar Hammarfjord

Toll-like receptor activation induced changes in dendritic cells

Oscar Hammarfjord, Center for Infectious Medicine, took his doctorate on 9 December 2011.

Main supervisor: Robert Wallin, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Center for Infectious Medicine

Co-supervisors: Professor Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren, Docent Mattias Svensson and Professor Staffan Strömblad, all at Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Center for Infectious Medicine

Faculty opponent: Tekn. Dr. Bengt Johansson Lindbom, Lund University

Aldona Dlugosz

Towards a bacterial origin of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Aldona Dlugosz, Unit for Gastroenterology and Hepatology, took her doctorate on 2 December 2011.

Main supervisor: Professor Greger Lindberg, Department of Medicine Huddinge

Faculty opponent: Professor Peter Malfertheiner, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität,Klinik für Gastroenterologie, Hepatologie und Infektiologie Magdeburg, Germany

Hamid Bastani

Cryoablation of cardiac arrhythmias

Hamid Bastani, Unit for Heart and Lung Diseases, took his doctorate on 11 November 2011.

Main supervisor: Professor Mats Jensen-Urstad, Karolinska Institutet.

Co-supervisors: Docent Jonas Schwieler and MD Per Insulander, Karolinska Institutet, Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset.

Faculty opponent: Professor Luc Jordaens, Thoraxcentrum Erasmus MC, Rotterdam.

Rami Genead

Embryonic and Adult Cardiac Stem cells- Molecular, Electrophysiological and Immunological Characteristics for Cardiac Repair

Rami Genead, Unit for Cardiology, took his doctorate on 28 October 2011.

Main supervisor Karl-Henrik Grinnemo MD, PhD, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery

Co-supervisor: Professor Christer Sylvén, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine, Unit for Cardiology and Professor Magnus Westgren, Karolinska Institutet, CLINTEC

Faculty opponent: Ass Prof Marisa Jaconi PhD, University of Geneva, Faculty of Medicine, Dept of Pathology and Immunology

Maryam Nikpour

Molecular pathogenesis of refractory anemia with ring sideroblasts (RARS): Role of the mitochondrial iron transporter gene ABCB7

Maryam Nikpour, Unit for Hematology, took her doctorate on 9 September 2011.

Main supervisor: Professor Eva Hellström-Lindberg, Department of Medicine, Huddinge.

Co-supervisor: Docent Alf Grandien, Department of Medicine, Huddinge.

Opponent: Professor Catharina Larsson, Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery.

Niklas Björkström

Human natural killer cell activation and differentiation in health and viral infection

Niklas Björkström, Center for Infectious Medicine, took his doctorate on 26 August 2011.

Main supervisor: Professor Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren, Center for Infectious Medicine

Co-supervisor: Docent Karl-Johan Malmberg, Center for Infectious Medicine, and Professor Ola Weiland, Unit for Infection and Dermatology

Opponent: Professor Salim Khakoo, Imperial College London, Division of Medicine

Lena Persson

Studies on PCSK9 in the regulation of cholesterol metabolism

Lena Persson, Unit for Metabolism, took her doctorate on 17 June 2011.

Main supervisor: Professor Mats Rudling, Department of Medicine Huddinge

Co-supervisors: Professor Bo Angelin, Department of Medicine Huddinge and Dr. Cecilia Gälman, Department of Medicine Huddinge

Opponent: Professor Olov Wiklund, Gothenburg University.

Amanda Pettersson

Studies on novel interactors in human adipose tissue

Amanda Pettersson took her doctorate on 10 June 2011.

Main supervisor: Docent Mikael Rydén, Department of Medicine, Huddinge

Co-supervisors: PhD Jurga Laurencikiene, Department of Medicine, Huddinge and Professor Peter Arner, Department of Medicine, Huddinge

Opponent: Professor Eva Degerman, Lund University.

Björn Wahlin

Prognostic information from nonmalignant and malignant lymphocytes in follicular lymphoma in relation to therapy

Björn Wahlin took his doctorate on 27 May 2011.

Main supervisor: Docent Eva Kimby, Department of Medicine, Huddinge

Co-supervisors: Docent Birgitta Sander, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Docent Birger Christensson, Department of Laboratory Medicine

Opponent: Doctor Philippe Solal-Celigny Centre J. Bernard, Service d'Hématologie Le Mans, France.