Makiko Kumagai-Braesch

Makiko Kumagai-Braesch

Affiliated to Research
Visiting address: Hälsovägen, Enheten för transplantationskirurgi F82, 14186 Stockholm
Postal address: H9 Klinisk vetenskap, intervention och teknik, H9 CLINTEC Transplantation, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • MD, Ph.D.
    Senior researcher
    Makiko Kumagai was interested in the field of transplantation immunology
    through her surgical experience in Japan. She learned experimental methods of
    immunology and molecular biology at Karolinska Institutet and also at
    Pathology Research, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard, Boston, USA.
    She received her PhD from Karolinska Institutet, Clinical Immunology (1998)
    with a project of immunological characterization of pig to human
    xenotransplantation. The last 15 years, she has worked in the research
    laboratory of Division of Transplantation Surgery with main focus of
    improvement of efficacy of pancreatic islet transplantation (P.I. Torbjörn
    Lundgren). During the last five years she is also involved in the project of
    tolerance induction in organ transplantation (P.I. Bo-Göran Ericzon).
    MD (1986, Tohoku University, Sendai Japan)
    PhD (1998, Karolinska Institutet, Clinical Immunology, Sweden)


  • 1) Experimental pancreatic islet transplantation
  • Focus on various
    strategies to improve efficacy of pancreatic islet transplantation using
    rodent models.
    2) Cell therapy for tolerance induction in organ-transplantation

  • Development of culture methods of donor specific immunomodulatory cells
    and Immunological characterization of the generated cells in vitro.
    3) Functional characterization of apolipoproteins in serum and in human
    cellular responses.


  • Transplantation Immunology, Experimental pancreatic islet
    transplantation, Cell therapy for tolerance induction in


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