Short CV/Education and training

  • 1997 – 2001
    Undergraduate studies in chemistry at Uppsala University, Sweden

  • 2001 – 2005
    PhD studies in the Department of Chemistry at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

  • 2006 – 2007
    Postdoctoral research synthesis of mucin glycopeptides vaccines. Host: Prof. Horst Kunz, Organic Chemistry, Mainz University, Germany

  • 2008 – 2009
    Postdoctoral research establishment of mucin glycopeptide microarrays to study antibody specificity. Host: Prof. Herbert Waldmann, Chemical Biology, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, Germany

  • 2009
    Independent investigator at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology. Department of Chemical Biology

  • Since 2009
    Group leader at ISAS – Leibniz Institute for Analytical Sciences, Department of Bioanalytics (from November)

Selected publications

  • Westerlind U., Kunz H. (2011): Synthetic Vaccines from Tumor-Associated Glycopeptide Antigens. In: Chimia, 65, 30-34.

  • Hoffmann-Röder A., Kaiser A., Wagner S., Gaidzik N., Kowalczyk D., Westerlind U., Gerlitzki B., Schmitt E., Kunz H. (2010): Synthetic Antitumor Vaccines from Tetanus Toxoid Conjugates of MUC1 Thomsen-Friedenreich Antigen and a Fluorine-Substituted Analog. In: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 49, 8498-8503.

  • Westerlind U., Kunz H. (2010): Synthetic Vaccines Based on N- and O-Glycopeptides – Molecular Tools for Immunotherapy and Diagnostics. In: Carbohydrate Chemistry, Editors: Pilar Rauter A., Lindhorst T., 36, 1-37, Royal Society of Chemistry.

  • Weinrich D., Köhn M., Jonkheijm P., Westerlind U., Dehmelt L., Engelkamp H., Christianen P. C. M., Kuhlmann J., Maan J. C., Nüsse D., Schröder H., Wacker R., Breinbauer R., Kunz H., Niemeyer C. M., Waldmann H. (2010): Preparation of Biomolecule Microstructures and Microarrays by Thiol-Ene-Reaction. In: Chembiochem, 11, 235-247.

  • Westerlind U., Schröder H., Hobel A., Gaidzik N., Kaiser A., Niemeyer C. M., Schmitt E., Waldmann H., Kunz H. (2009): Tumor-Associated MUC1 Tandem Repeat Glycopeptide Microarrays to Evaluate Serum- and Monoclonal-Antibody Specificity. In: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 48, 8263-8267.

  • Kaiser A., Gaidzik N., Westerlind U., Kowalczyk D., Hobel A., Schmitt E., Kunz H. (2009): A Synthetic Vaccine Consisting of a Tumor-Associated Sialyl-TN MUC1 Tandem-Repeat Glycopeptide and Tetanus Toxoid for the Induction of a Strong, Highly Selective Immune Response, Angew. Chem, 2009, 121; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2009, 48, 7551-7555.

  • Hedberg, C., Westerlind, U. (2009): Development of a Model Cancer Vaccine Candidate Based on the MUC1 Cellular Surface Glycopeptide Epitope Chemical biology learning through Case Studies. Editors: Waldmann, H., Janning. P., 207-220 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH.

  • Westerlind U., Hobel A., Gaidzik N., Schmitt E., Kunz H. (2008): Synthetic Vaccines Consisting of Tumor-Associated MUC1 Glycopeptide Antigens and a T-Cell Epitope for the Induction of a Highly Specific Humoral Immune Response. In: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 47, 7551-7556.

  • Westerlind U. and Norberg T. (2006): Chemical Synthesis of Analogs of the Glycopeptide Contulakin-G, an Analgetically Active Conopeptide from Conus Geographus. In: Carbohydrate Research, 341, 9-18.

  • Westerlind U., Hagback P., Tidbäck B., Wiik L., Blixt O., Razi.N., and Norberg T. (2005): Synthesis of Deoxy and Acylamino Derivatives of Lactose and Use of These for Probing the Active Site of N.Meningitidis N-Acetylglucosaminyltransferase. In: Carbohydrate Research, 340, 221-233.

  • Westerlind U., Westman J., Törnquist E., Smith E., Oscarson S., Lahman M., and Norberg T. (2004): Ligands of the Asialoglycoprotein Receptor for Targeted Gene Delivery, Part 1: Synthesis of and Binding Studies with Biotinylated Cluster Glycosides Containing N-Acetylgalactosamine. In: Glycoconjugate Journal, 21, 227-241.


Selected projects

  • Synthetic anti-tumour vaccines, mucin glycopeptide microarrays tools for evaluation of disease specific antibodies and microbe mapping, mucin glycosylation during inflammation and infection in the airways, glycopeptide standards – tools for enrichment and quantification in glycoproteomics.

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