Begum Horuluoglu

Begum Horuluoglu

Assistant Professor
Visiting address: D2:01, Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset, 17177 Stockholm
Postal address: K2 Medicin, Solna, K2 Reuma Jakobsson P Alexanderson H, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • 2023-: Assistant Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, Center for Molecular Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
    2019-2023: Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, Center for Molecular Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm,  

  • Sweden

    2019: PhD, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bilkent University, Turkiye &

  • Immunology, NCI, NIH, USA


  • My research interest is to understand the immunological mechanisms that leads to autoimmunity.Having my PhD through a partnership programme between Bilkent University, Turkey, and the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, USA, I've gained a diverse academic background. With extensive training and research training in cancer immunology and autoimmunity my PhD thesis focused on investigating TLR agonists as a therapeutic tool for cancer and autoimmune diseases. Subsequently I joined Prof Ingrid Lundbergs research group to pursue my interest to understand the cellular mechanisms involved in autoimmune diseases and how we can develop targeted therapies. Our collaborative efforts extend across disciplines, working closely with e the Rheumatology Clinic (KS), T cell experts Assoc Prof Karine Chemin and Professor Vivianne Malmström, antibody engineering expert Assoc Prof Caroline Grönwall, and bioinformatics expert Assist Profe Lina Diaz Gallo


  • Since August 2023, I've held the position of Assistant Professor within Prof Lundberg's group, actively laying the foundation for my own team. My focus has been on integrating molecular techniques with bioinformatic approaches to gain deeper insights into disease pathogenesis 

  • . I am currently supervising one master student and one postdoc both dedicated 
  • to understand the molecular mechanisms of an autoimmune disease called myositis. We are using state of the art technologies such as in-situ hybridization and single cell sequencing along with classical molecular techniques like multi-paramter flow cytometry, ELISA, IHC/IF.


  • Research Support:

    The Myositis Association

    Åke-Wiberg Stiftelse

    Alex and Eva Wallströms Stiftelse

    Professor Nanna Svart Stiftelse

    Stiftelsen Konung Gustav V:s 80-års fond


    KI Research Foundations



  • 2024: R workshop for muti-color flow cytometry analysis

    2023: Basic Inflammation 2705, Course co-organizer, KI, Stockholm, Sweden
    2019-2020: Introduction to Basic Immunology, Mentor, KI, Stockholm, Sweden
    2018: Journal Club for Summer Students, NCI, NIH, Frederick, USA
    2012-2017: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
    2008-2009: Student Teaching Assistant, Department of Chemistry, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey


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