Centre for HIV Research


About The Centre for HIV Research

In May 2012 the Centre for HIV research was created at the Karolinska Institutet, with support from the Board of Research of this University. Twenty researchers (and their groups) operating at the Karolinska Institutet participated towards the formation and activity of the centre.

The primary purpose of the centre is to synergize our efforts for excellence in science.

The affiliation for the Centre for HIV research is the Department of Laboratory Medicine. This is however a virtual research centre which also receives support from the Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, the Department of Medicine Huddinge and the Department of Clinical Science and Education, Södersjukhuset.



Centre Director


Francesca Chiodi

Phone: 852486315
Organizational unit: Francesca Chiodi group
E-mail: Francesca.Chiodi@ki.se


Previous Meetings and Events

Centre for HIV Research workshop September 15 2015: Sweden’s contribution to the global HIV research agenda

The Centre for HIV Research at the Karolinska Institutet held the workshop  "Sweden’s contribution to the global HIV research agenda" which took place at Nobel Forum on Sep 15, 2015.

The workshop was supported by a grant from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD), Sweden.

The purpose of organizing this workshop included:

  • To review the current research efforts undertaken by the Swedish research community in relation to the global agenda for HIV/AIDS. What gaps are we filling and in which areas are we leading development.
  • To define the most important areas for future HIV research and to identify areas of overlapping interest for the Swedish government and the research community.
  • To identify how the Swedish researchers can contribute to inform the new strategies for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for 2017-2021 and UNAIDS 2016-2020.

Eminent speakers participated at this meeting which defined how Sweden can contribute to the global HIV research agenda.


Conference September 2013 - Towards a Cure for HIV: From Pathogenesis to Eradication 

2013-09-05 - 2013-09-06 at Nobel Forum Solna Campus


Kick Off Meeting October 2012

The Centre was officially launched in October 2012 at a meeting held at Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Program for the Meeting

Program October 2012 (Pdf file, 117 Kb)
Summary of the Meeting on KI.se

Photos From the Meeting

Kick Off Meeting Photos


Scientific Mission and Vision

The ultimate goal of this consortium is to promote excellent HIV research by strengthening collaborative work between the partners within KI. The work of the consortium will gather around the topics of HIV pathogenesis, vaccine, prevention, treatment and cure.

- Through joint efforts we will apply for funding from national and international granting agencies with the purpose of developing and conducting high-competitive research in basic and clinical topics related to HIV research.

- We will further promote a well functional bridge between pre-clinical and clinical Departments with the purpose of translating relevant clinical problems related to the management, treatment and prevention of HIV infection into products with the final purpose of alleviating the clinical problems.

- This groups aims at intensifying the translation of basic research findings into products which may be of benefit to HIV infected patients and individuals at risk of contracting this infection.

- We aim at an increased utilization by the applicants of the InfCare system which is a database in which laboratory and clinical data from all HIV infected patients followed in Sweden have been collected since 10 years back. The identity of the patients is coded.

- We will establish a biobank for plasma and PBMCs (and other relevant specimens) collected from HIV infected patients from the early stages of HIV infection.


   Senior advisor resource mobilisation
Ophelia Haanyama
Noaks Ark
 •    Riksförbundet Noaks Ark


KI Participants

Professor/senior physician

Jan Albert

Organizational unit: Jan Albert group
E-mail: Jan.Albert@ki.se

Jan Albert Website


Gunnel Biberfeld

Organizational unit: Global health (IHCAR)
E-mail: gunnel.biberfeld@ki.se

Professor/senior physician

Kristina Broliden

Phone: +46-(0)8-517 760 45
Organizational unit: Group Broliden
E-mail: Kristina.Broliden@ki.se

Kristina Broliden Website

Professor/senior physician

Anna Mia Ekström

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 833 71
Organizational unit: Global health (IHCAR)
E-mail: Anna.Mia.Ekstrom@ki.se

HIV/AIDS and Global Health Research Group at KI


Taha Hirbod Alexandersson

Organizational unit: Group Broliden
E-mail: Taha.Hirbod@ki.se

Taha Hirbod Website

Professor/specialist physician

Anna Karlsson

Organizational unit: Division of Clinical Microbiology
E-mail: Anna.Karlsson@ki.se

Senior researcher

Annika Karlsson

Organizational unit: Division of Clinical Microbiology
E-mail: Annika.Karlsson@ki.se

Annika Karlsson Website


Peter Liljeström

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 859 90
Organizational unit: Peter Liljeström group
E-mail: Peter.Liljestrom@ki.se

Peter Liljeström Website


Karin Lore

Organizational unit: Group K Loré
E-mail: Karin.Lore@ki.se

Karin Loré Website


Jakob Michaelsson

Phone: +46-(0)8-585 897 91
E-mail: Jakob.Michaelsson@ki.se

Jakob Michaelsson Website


Markus Moll

Phone: +46-(0)8-585 896 86
E-mail: Markus.Moll@ki.se

Markus Moll Website

Lecturer/senior physician

Anna Nilsson

Phone: +46-(0)707-50 01 39
E-mail: Anna.Nilsson.1@ki.se

Anna Nilsson Website

Senior forskare

Piotr Nowak

Organizational unit: Division of Infection and Dermatology
E-mail: Piotr.Nowak@ki.se

Research coordinator

Bence Rethi

Organizational unit: group L Klareskog
E-mail: Bence.Rethi@ki.se

Professor/senior physician

Anders Sönnerborg

Organizational unit: Division of Infection and Dermatology
E-mail: Anders.Sonnerborg@ki.se

Anders Sönnerborg Website

Erik Sandström Website

Senior researcher

Anna Smed Sörensen

Organizational unit: Group A Smed Sörensen
E-mail: Anna.Smed.Sorensen@ki.se

Anna Smed Sörensen Website

Senior researcher

Annelie Tjernlund

Phone: +46-(0)8-517 703 59
Organizational unit: Group Broliden
E-mail: Annelie.Tjernlund@ki.se


Anders Vahlne

Phone: +46-(0)70-928 05 28
Organizational unit: Anders Vahlne's group
E-mail: Anders.Vahlne@ki.se

Anders Vahlne Website

Professor, senior

Britta Wahren

E-mail: Britta.Wahren@ki.se

Britta Wahren Website


Steering Committee


Francesca Chiodi

Phone: 852486315
Organizational unit: Francesca Chiodi group
E-mail: Francesca.Chiodi@ki.se

Francesca Chiodi Website


Anna-Lena Spetz

Organizational unit: Division of Clinical Microbiology
E-mail: Anna-Lena.Spetz@ki.se

Anna-Lena Spetz Website

Professor/senior physician

Anders Sönnerborg

Organizational unit: Division of Infection and Dermatology
E-mail: Anders.Sonnerborg@ki.se

Anders Sönnerborg Website


Bo Hejdeman

Phone: +46-(0)8-616 25 00

Bo Hejdeman Website


Johan Sandberg

Phone: +46-(0)70-793 08 85
Organizational unit: Center for infectious Medicine
E-mail: Johan.Sandberg@ki.se

Johan Sandberg Website


Matti Sällberg

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 838 03
Organizational unit: Division of Clinical Microbiology
E-mail: Matti.Sallberg@ki.se

Matti Sällberg Website


List of Collaborating Institutions

Academic In Europe

  • Rega Institute, Leuven, Belgium
  • Spanish National research Council, Spain
  • University College London, UK
  • French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) France
  • Oxford University, UK
  • Cambridge University, UK
  • Staten Serum Institut, Denmark
  • Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium
  • San Raffaele Institute, Milano, Italy
  • University of Debrecen, Hungary
  • Max Planck Institute for Bioinformatics, Germany
  • University of Cologne, Germany
  • University of Siena, Italy
  • Hospital Bambino Gesu, Italy
  • Biomedical Primate Research Center, The Netherlands
  • University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Catholic University, Belgium
  • University Hospital Ulm, Germany
  • Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark
  • University of Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
  • Imperial College, UK
  • University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Institut Pasteur, France
  • Centro National de Biotechnologia, Spain
  • Agence Nationale de Recherche sur le Sida, France
  • Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Switzerland
  • University of Helsinky, Finland
  • University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Bonn University, Germany
  • Service d'Immunovirologie, CEA, Paris

 Academic In Africa

  • Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.
  • University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • National Laboratory for Public Health, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
  • Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • Armauer Hansen Research Institute, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
  • Muhimbili University of Health, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • National Institute of Health, Maputo, Mozambique
  • University of Manitoba, Manitobi
  • University of Nairobi, Kenya

Academic In Asia

  • National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Hanoi Medical University, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, India
  • Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore
  • St Johans Research Institute, Bangalore India

Academic In USA and Canada

  • University of California, School of Medicine, Davis, USA.
  • University of California, San Francisco, USA.
  • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA
  • Duke University, USA
  • Vaccine Research Center, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA
  • University of Washington, Seattle, USA
  • National Institute of Health, Washington, MD, USA
  • US Army HIV Research Programme. WRAIR, Rockeville, MD, USA
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
  • University of Washington, School of Public Health, USA
  • University of Florida, USA
  • Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, USA
  • Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
  • Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA.
  • Emory Vaccine Center, GA, USA.
  • University of Toronto, Canada

Academic In Latin America

  • University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Federal University Sao Paolo, Brazil
  • National Autonomous University of Honduras, Honduras

Academic In Australia

  • Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Australia

Industrial Partners

  • Novartis, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • Crucell, The Netherlands
  • GenVec, MD, USA
  • ChronTechPharma, Sweden
  • Gene Therapy Center, KUS at Huddinge, Sweden
  • Genentech, Inc. South San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Monogram Biosciences, Inc, CA, USA
  • Immunomedics, New Jersey, USA
  • IBM Research Haifa, Israel