Associate Professor Adnane Achour is born in Rabat, Morocco in 1967. In 1988, he received a DEUG degree (Diplome d'Etudes Universitaires Générales, Sciences Naturelles, Chimie, Mathématiques et Physique), at the Université des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc-Roussillon (USTL), Montpellier, France. He thereafter moved to Umeå in Sweden where he received adequate education in Swedish language and came first ranked in the national Rikstest (Communication aptitude in Swedish at an academic level) at Umeå University. In 1990, he received his Bachelor diploma (B.Sc.) in Biophysical Chemistry at Umeå University. Finally, Dr Achour became Master of Sciences (M.Sc.) in Chemical Engineering in 1994 at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
Adnane Achour initiated thereafter his PhD studies in the research group of Prof. Klas Kärre at the Deparment of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology at the Karolinska Institutet. He defended in thesis entitled ‘Structural studies of MHC class I complexes: Implications for NK- and T-cell recognition’ in the beginning of 2001. The studies presented in the PhD thesis combined functional immunology with structural biology, biochemistry and biophysical analyses. Dr Achour thereafter joined the research group of Prof. Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren within the same department for a period of two years on a fellowship from the Network for Inflammation Research (Stiftelsen för Strategisk Forksning, SSF), before participating in the creation and design of the Center for Infectious Medicine (CIM) within the Department of Medicine in Huddinge at the Karolinska Institutet. Dr Achour was given the opportunity in 2003 to create his own research group within the same center, which he accepted with great enthusiasm, initiating a large amount of studies that focused on structural, biophysical and immunological studies of pathogen-derived virulence-associated proteins.
Dr Achour became Associate Professor in Molecular Immunology in 2007. He received in 2008 a six-years senior scientist position from the Swedish Research Council in Tumor-directed Therapy (Rådsforkare, Vetenskapsrådet). After spending a period of 10 years at CIM, Dr Achour was recruited to the Department of Medicine in Solna at the Karolinska Institutet where his research group is now part of the Division for Infectious Diseases. Dr Achour was also asked in 2003 to join the newly created Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) which is a national center for molecular biosciences with focus on health and environmental research in Stockholm. SciLifeLab is a national resource and represents an important collaborative effort between the four universities Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University and Uppsala University. Thus although affiliated to the Department of Medicine in Solna, the research group of Associate Professor Achour, that comprises 10 colleagues and students, is presently localized within the premises of the SciLifeLab center. Furthermore, Dr Achour is the director of the newly created national platform for mass-cytometry, comprising four senior scientists, that provides services to the entire Swedish scientific community,