The Karolinska Immunology Seminar Series (KiSS)

The aim of this seminar series is to create an event with top speakers from all over the world that brings together the immunological community of Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital. We aim to cover a diverse spectrum of immunological topics while at the same time inviting outstanding speakers whose work is of general interest for everyone who wants to follow current trends in immunology.

For whom?
The seminar series is aimed at anyone who is interested in immunology research and who is a researcher, PhD student, medical student or physician at KI, KS or at another university or university hospital in the Stockholm region.

Thursdays, 15.00-16.00.

The seminars, with the exception of those labeled as webinar only, will be held in lecture halls of BioClinicum ground floor. This is the same level as the main hospital entrance and no access card is required.

Hybrid when needed:
We prefer to meet as many as possible at BioClinicum but if you cannot attend in person you may participate on Zoom, for example if you do not have the possibility to commute between Huddinge and Solna campuses. 

No registration is needed. However, to recieve further information about the seminars, Zoom-link etc, we ask you to follow the KiiM e-mail list
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Programme Spring 2024

Please, follow the title link to the calendar post for more information.

18 January

In search of good memory on the way to the plasma cell state
Hai Qi, Tsinghua University, China). 

8 February

Microenvironmental coordination in human cancers
Mikael Pittet University of Geneva/Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Switzerland.

28 March

Molecular and spatial control of tumor-associated macrophages *Joint KISS/CIM seminar*
Renato Ostuni ,Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Italy.

18 April

Dynamics and turnover of resident and exhausted T cells
Dietmar Zehn Technical University of Munich, Germany.

7 May

Antigen sensitivity, logic gating and persistence of CAR T cells *Joint KISS/Center for Cellular Cancer Therapy seminar*
Michel Sadelain , Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA.

16 May - Changed to Zoom

Age Associated B cells Extrafollicular B Cell Responses: Mechanistic insights from lupus and infection
Mark Shlomchik University of Pittsburgh, USA. 

Friday, 24 May

Clonal and cellular dynamics of the antibody response
Gabriel Victora The Rockefeller University, USA.

30 May

Tertiary Lymphoïd Structures and B cells in the immunotherapy response
Catherine Sautès-Fridman Sorbonne University, University Paris Cité, France.


The seminars are supported by the PhD program Allergy, Immunology and Inflammation (Aii).

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Taras Kreslavskiy

Principal Researcher
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Carmen Gerlach

Principal Researcher
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Camilla Engblom

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine, Solna


Previous seminars

Programme Fall 2023

14 September

Control of T cell function, dysfunction and response to immunotherapy by interferons.
David Brooks (University of Toronto, Canada)


Mechanisms of immune dysfunction and therapy failure in the tumor and tumor draining lymph node.
Tracy McGaha (University of Toronto, Canada)

12 October

New players in colorectal cancer immunity: beyond (conventional) T cells.
Noel de Miranda (Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands)

2 November

The germinal center selection events that shape antibody responses.
Oliver Bannard (University of Oxford, UK)

9 November

Metabolic checkpoints of T cell development and function.
Tim Sparwasser (Mainz University Medical Center, Germany)

23 November

Immune surveillance of the liver.
Matteo Iannacone (San Raffaele Scientific Institute & University, Italy)

30 November

Tailoring T cell anti-tumor immunity and durable protection by mitochondrial reprogramming.
Ping-Chih Ho (Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Switzerland)

14 December

Intestinal Antibody responses: The importance of being specific.
Emma Slack (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

Autumn 2023

Please, follow the title link to the calendar post for more information.

23 february
Cancelled! Microbiome control of host immunity.
Yasmine Belkaid, Lab of Host Immunity and Microbiome, NIAID, USA.

16 March
Transcriptional and metabolic programming of T cell immunity to infections and tumors.
Ananda Goldrath, UCSD School of Biological Sciences, USA.

23 March
Insights into human B cell tolerance from rare gene variant discovery (title TBA).
Carola Vinuesa, The Francis Crick Institute, UK.

13 April 
An emerging picture of human tissue-associated γδ T cells - residency, compartmentalisation, and unconventional immunosurveillance.
Benjamin Willcox, University of Birmingham, UK.

8 June
Innate lymphoid cells in the healthy and diseased human gut.
Jenny Mjösberg, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.

15 June
Immunological Memory of the Tissues.
Klaas van Gisbergen, Sanquin Research and Amsterdam UMC, Netherlands.

29 June
Protein crystallopathy as a driver of type 2 immunityNB! Time and venue in the calendar post.
Bart Lambrecht (VIB Ghent University, Belgium)

Autumn 2022

1 September:
Spatiotemporal orchestration of cellular immunity.
Wolfgang Kastenmüller, Würzburg Institute of Systems Immunology, Germany.

15 September:
B cell responses to vaccination in humans: Looking beneath the surface.
Ali Ellebedy, WUSTL, USA.

22 September: 
Decoding the developing human immune system.
Muzlifah Haniffa, Newcastle University, UK.

27 October:
Immunity to respiratory infections: tackling human immunology to newly emerging viruses.
Katherine Kedzierska, Doherty Institute, Australia.

10 November:
Putting the Hygiene Hypothesis to the Test.
Jonathan Coquet, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.

24 November:
Tissue immunology, systems immunology.
Menna Clatworthy, University of Cambridge, UK.

1 December
Area of expertise: autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, link between multiple sclerosis and EBV.
William Robinson ,Stanford University, US.

15 December:
Decoding the mode of action of tumor immunotherapies.
Philippe Bousso, Institut Pasteur, France.

Autumn 2021:

Thursday, 2021-10-14, 15:00-16:00.
Gunilla Karlsson Hedestam (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden).
Title: Characterization of human TCR and BCR VDJ genes reveals a high degree of diversity between individuals and multiple population-enriched alleles.

Thursday, 2021-10-21, 15:00-16:00.
Hans-Reimer Rodewald (DKFZ, Germany).
Title: PolyloxExpress resolves fates and transcriptomes of hematopoietic stem cells.

Thursday, 2021-10-28, 15:00-16:00.
Meinrad Busslinger (IMP, Austria).
Title: Role of Pax5 in B cell immunity and disease.

Thursday, 2021-11-11, 15:00-16:00.
Adrian Hayday (King's College London and the Francis Crick Institute, UK).
Title: Gamma-Delta T cells: an unique, conserved adaptive response distinguishing cell pathology from normality.

Thursday, 2021-11-18, 15:00-16:00.
Mihai Netea (Radboud University, Netherlands).
Title: Trained immunity: a memory for innate host defense.

Thursday, 2021-12-02, 15:00-16:00.
Olivier Lantz (Institut Curie, France).
Title: MAIT cells: development and functions.

Thursday, 2021-12-16, 15:00-16:00.
Ana Carrizosa Anderson (Harvard Medical School, USA).
Title: Analyses of temporal and inter-cancer heterogeneity provide new insights into T cell dysfunction.

Thursday, 2021-12-16, 15:00-16:00.
Akiko Iwasaki (Yale University, USA).
Title: Immune responses to SARS-CoV-2.

Spring 2021:

Thursday, 21.01.2021, 15:00-16:00.
Gabriel Victora (Rockefeller University, New York, USA).
Title: Clonal dynamics of the antibody response.

Thursday, 11.02.2021, 15:00-16:00.
Adrian Liston (Babraham Institute, Cambridge, UK).
Title: Using brain regulatory T cells to fight neuroinflammation.

Thursday, 11.03.2021, 15:00-16:00.
Michel Sadelain (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA).
Title: CD19 CARs–paving the road to synthetic immunity.

Thursday, 25.03.2021, 15:00-16:00.
Soumya Raychaudhuri (Harvard University, Boston, USA).
Title: The genetics and genomics of rheumatoid arthritis. 

Thursday, 29.04.2021, 15:00-16:00.
Ton Schumacher (The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam).
Title: T cell activity in human cancer.

Thursday, 27.05.2021, 15:00-16:00.
Gillian Griffiths (University of Cambridge, UK).
Title: Identifying single genes that impact T cell effector function.

Autumn 2020:

Thursday, 24.09.2020, 9:00-10:00.
Robert Brink (Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney, Australia).
Title: Class, position and the germinal centre B cell.

Thursday, 01.10.2020, 15:00-16:00.
John Wherry (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA).
Title: T cell exhaustion and immune profiling in disease.

Thursday, 15.10.2020, 15:00-16:00.
Judith Allen (University of Manchester, UK).
Title: Learning from helminths: macrophages, type 2 immunity & Tissue repair.

Thursday, 12.11.2020, 15:00-16:00.
Erika Pearce (Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, Germany).
Title: Polyamine metabolism regulates the T cell epigenome through hypusination.

Thursday, 19.11.2020, 15:00-16:00.
Jun Huh (Harvard University, Boston, USA).
Title: Immune modulatory roles of the microbial metabolites of bile acids.

Spring 2020:

Thursday, 27.02.2020, 15:00-16:00.
Marc Jenkins (University of Minnesota, USA).
Title: Differentiation of antigen-specific CD4+ T cells during infection.

Thursday, 19.03.2020, 15:00-16:00.
Joseph Sun (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA).
Title: Epigenetic control of innate and adaptive lymphocytes.

Thursday, 02.04.2020, 15:00-16:00.
Bruno Silva-Santos (University of Lisbon, Portugal).
Title: Differentiation of gamma-delta T cell subsets: implications for Neuro- and Onco-Immunology.

Thursday, 23.04.2020, 15:00-16:00.
Ziv Shulman (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel).
Title: Germinal centers: a game of clones in immunological niches.

Thursday, 28.05.2020, 15:00-16:00.
Sten Eirik Jacobsen (KI, Sweden and University of Oxford, UK).
Title: Lineage-Restricted Fates of Multipotent Hematopoietic Stem Cells.

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