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Doctoral education Aii

Aii - allergy, immunology and inflammation

Aii is a doctoral programme at KI supported by the board of research education. Our main task is to ensure that PhD students within the fields of Allergy, Inflammation and Immunology achieve both broad and frontline area-specific knowledge during their PhD period. This task is mainly conveyed by the arrangement of theoretical research education courses but also by arrangement of practical courses and by supporting extracurricular types of activities, such as literature clubs and research forums.

The activities of Aii are decided by a steering group consisting of teacher representatives and two PhD student representatives. Aii has decided to also support teacher-specific activities, in order to further improve our courses and to ensure best possible value for the students. These teacher-specific activities will be performed in collaboration with LIME, KI.

How to receive information

For information and seminars, please make sure that you have signed up for the KiiM emaillist. In order to sign up, please contact Annette Öster Fernström (Engström) at More information on what KiiM is can be found at the website;

What does Aii do?

Aii financially supports and practically help arranging theoretic and practical courses as well as other educational activities such as workshops, literature clubs and student conferences.

The main task is to ensure that PhD students in the field of allergy, immunology and inflammation get the best possible theoretical training and provide courses from basics to the absolute research forefront that advance the PhD students’ knowledge in the field and support their research.

Examples of Aii-sponsored education:

  • Courses
  • Literature clubs and research forums
  • Workshops and minisymposia
  • Teaching activities
  • Student conferences and events


Information about doctoral education courses at KI, including Aii courses, can be found at Doctoral courses.

All current and previous courses

Some courses are given every semester or once a year while others are given more irregularly, for example every third or fourth semester. Some courses in the list below are shared between several doctoral programs.

All current and previous courses

Course codeTitleHECFrequencyNext planned occasions

1496 Flow cytometry: from theory to application*1.5Once/yearFall 2018

1552 Skin allergy and inflammation1.5Approx every second yearNot set

3114 Molecular immunology3Once/yearFall 2018

1626 Cytokines in inflammation3Once/yearSpring 2019

1627 Clinical and experimental neuroimmunology*1.5Approx every second yearNot set

2186 Making and using genetically modified mice for immunological research1.5Approx every second yearFall 2019

2302/3139 Basic immunology32 times/yearFall 2018 and Spring 2019

2348 Functional fluorescence microscopy imaging (fFMI) in biomedical research3Once/yearFall 2018

2363 Antigen presentation and T cell activation1.5Once/yearFall 2018

2373 The yin and yang of tolerance: autoimmunity and tumourimmunology1.5Approx every second yearNot set

2388 Biology of inflammation1.5Approx every second yearNot set

2522 Mass spectrometry-based proteomics: When and How*3Once/yearFall 2018

2523 Omics data analysis: From quantitative data to biological information*3Once/yearFall 2018

2532 Multifactorial immune mediated diseases – etiology and pathogenesis1.5Once/yearFall 2018

3145 Pulmonary inflammation1.5Approx every second yearSpring 2019

2571 Psychoneuroimmunology*3Approx every second yearSpring 2019

2705 Basic inflammation3Approx every second yearFall 2018

2747 Basic training in flow cytometry1.5Once/yearNot set

2760 Translational medicine in autoimmunity3Approx every second yearSpring 2019

2764 Epigenetic methods1.5Approx every second yearNot set

2957 Neural control of inflammation and bioelectronic medicine*1.5Once/yearSpring 2019

3067 Immunogenicity: Immune responses against biological drugs1.5Approx every second yearFall 2018

3070 Mucosal immunology3Approx every second yearFall 2018

3072 Tissue-specific immunology1.5Approx every second yearFall 2018

* Shared between programs

Current Aii-sponsored minisymposia, seminar series and events

Seminar series

Neuro Rheuma seminar series. Every last Wednesday of the month, CMM L8:04 at 16:00.

Lara Mentlein (
Karl Carlström (
Agnes Sowinska (

Neuro Rheuma seminar poster_1.jpg

*March 28th, 2018
Lara Kular (Neuro)
*April 25th, 2018
William Nyberg (Rheuma)
*May 30th, 2018
TBA (Neuro)


Workshop: “Taking Flow Cytometry Data to the Next Level”; Workshop: Taking flow cytometry data to the next level-13_april_Neo.pdf
Friday 13 April 11.00-14.00
Venue: Karolinska Institutet, Neo building, room 5108 (Gene), 5th floor, Huddinge Campus.
If you plan to attend, please register at this link:
Lunch sandwich will be served for registered participants.

Grants for workshops and minisymposia

Aii announces GRANTS available for the organization of workshops and minisymposia in the area of Allergy, immunology and inflammation. Please contact Caroline Grönwall at for more information about requirements and how you can apply. Costs that may be covered include travel and accommodation for invited speakers, rent of venue, lunches and coffee breaks etc. For recent examples of Aii-sponsored events, please see below.

Example of previous events, workshops and minisymposia


Career evening-PhD and beyondSpring 2017

Students winter conference: from basics to clinicsSpring 2017

KiiM retreatAnnually


Seminar series 

Neuro-Rheuma seminar series2017

Non-academic researchFall 2016

KI flow club2015

The story behind the paper2014-2015

Immunology book clubs 


Minisymposia and workshops 

Autumn school: Satellite workshop on immunological methodsFall 2017

Minisymposium: A quest towards regeneration of muscle myopathies as well as pinpointing better molecular biomarkers for better diagnosis of the specific diseasesSpring 2017

iMedS: Immunology daySpring 2017

B cells in systemic autoimmunitySpring 2017

Image analysis methods for the study of immune system disordersSpring 2016

Innate lympoid cellsSpring 2016

Workshop - Guinea pig models of asthmaSpring 2017

Next generation sequencing of antibody repertoiresFall 2015

Immunology and infection biologySpring 2015

MicroRNA in inflammatory diseasesSpring 2014

Workshop at the interface between applied physics and immunologyFall 2014

Data-intensive methods in cell biology for the study of immune system disordersSpring 2015

RNA Sequencing SeminarFall 2014

Novel fluorescence-based methods in immunologySpring 2015

Information for course organizers

The post-graduate program Aii administrates and finances around 25 post-graduate courses. If you are interested to organize a course within the field of allergy, immunology or inflammation, please see the general KI instructions and also follow the instructions below.

Aii courses must be registered at KI administration by registering the course plan in the database KIWAS. Courses that have been held later than fall 07 are already registered in KIWAS. For older course, or brand new courses, a new course plan has to be registered and approved. In addition, all courses to be held the coming semester need to be specified as to where and when the course will be held. You can also revise an old course plan.

When you have filled in your course description in the database KIWAS, you will receive a confirmation email from Aii that the course is approved by the program. After this, you must send a message to Jan Wahlström at to apply for financial support from Aii. Aii finances a budget of up to SEK 50 000:-/course week (see below for exceptions).

In your application for financial support, please also include a short description of expenses you expect (ex rent, copying, catering costs (fika and/or lunch), books, travel, hotel, lab reagents, external lecture representation and payment) to Jan. Out of the max. SEK 50.000 per week, 15.000 can be shared between the course organizer(s) and the “kursamanuens” in recognition of their time and efforts to administrate the course. No detailed specification is required for this part of the budget. This money will be paid to the organizers KI account and can thus be used for research-related expenses.

In the case the course budget exceeds SEK 50 000:-/week, an extended budget can for special cases, such as lab-intensive courses, be approved by Aii before the course starts.

Expenses should be reported to Jan Wahlström at Jan.Wahlströ for reimbursement no later than three months after completion of the course. The reimbursement can be obtained in two parts where the A part of SEK 15 000:- can be obtained before the start of the course by sending an invoice to Jan Wahlström ZZK2JANWAH. The B part, up to SEK 35 000:-, will be paid only after the completion of the course, after Caroline Grönwall and Jan Wahlström have received the final report (see below).

Please note that the course needs to have a minimum of 8 KI-registered PhD students to receive the full funding.

The KI post-graduate courses have had problems with students not showing up at course start. To prevent this, Aii recommends their course organizers to use the below example as reply form for students.

Final report: At the end of the course, we ask you to fill out the final report form below and email it to and

KI's rules for economic reimbursements for external lecturers is found on the page Fees and hourley wages on the staff portal.

Do you need help with our learning management system (LMS), Pingpong or Canvas? Contact Vladana Vukojevic (

Course evaluation form_eng_160412.docx
Course report form_2017.doc

Composition of steering group

Caroline Grönwall
Assistant professorMedSChair

Jan Wahlström
Assoc ProfMedSCoordinator

Vladana Vukojevic
Assoc ProfClin NeurosciencePedagogic development

Changrong Ge
Post DocMBB 

Gunnar Nilsson

Mikael Adner
Assoc ProfIMM 

Helen Kaipe
Assoc ProfLabMed, Huddinge 

Tülay Lindberg
Assoc ProfOdontology, Huddinge 

Michael Uhlin
Assoc ProfOnkPat, Huddinge 

Rosanne Veerman
Doctoral StudentMedS 

Elza Evren
Doctoral StudentMedH 

Ola Winqvist