Olivia Thomas

Olivia Thomas

Assistant Professor
Visiting address: L8:01, CMM Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset Solna, 17176 Stockholm
Postal address: K8 Klinisk neurovetenskap, K8 Neuro Grönlund, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I am a postdoctoral researcher in the groups of Associate Professor Hans Grönlund and Professor Tomas Olsson at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, where my research investigates how adaptive immune responses to common viruses or autoantigens can damage the central nervous system in neurological autoimmune diseases. By using a variety of molecular and immunological techniques, we aim to characterise autoreactive responses in depth, with the aim to provide better understanding of how disease occurs and ultimately provide targets for development of future therapies.

    2017 - Ph.D. in neuroimmunology, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.
    2013 - B.Sc. (Hons) in Medical Microbiology, University of Leeds, United Kindgom.


All other publications


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, 2024-2029
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, 2020-2024
  • Research Associate, Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy, University of Birmingham, 2019-2020
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Neuroimmunology, Nuffield Department for Clinical Neuroscience, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, 2017-2019

Degrees and Education

  • Ph.D., Neuroimmunology, Epstein-Barr virus and multiple sclerosis: investigating EBV antigen-induced T cell cross-recognition of central nervous system proteins, School of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, University of Birmingham, 2017
  • B.Sc. (Hons), Medical Microbiology, University of Leeds, 2013

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