Short CV/Education and training

  • 1998
    PhD Immunology, Stockholm University

  • 1998 – 2003
    Post-doc, Karolinska Institutet

  • 2004 – 2007
    Research Associate, Stockholm University

  • 2004
    Associate Professor in Immunology, Stockholm University

  • 2008 – 2012
    Researcher, Stockholm University

  • since 2012
    Professor in Immunology , Stockholm University

Selected publications

  • Sohlberg E, Saghafian-Hedengren S, Rasul E, Giovanna Marchini, Nilsson C, Klein E, Nagy N, Sverremark-Ekström E. CMV seropositive children show inhibition of in vitro EBV-induced B-cell infection that is associated with CD8+CD57+ T-cell enrichment and IFN-gamma. J Immunol 2013; 191: 5669-76.

  • Saghafian-Hedengren S, Sohlberg S, Theorell J, Carvalho-Queiroz C, Nagy N, Nilsson C, Bryceson Y, Sverremark-Ekström E. Epstein-Barr virus co-infection in children boosts cytomegalovirus-related differentiation of Natural Killer cells. J Virol 2013; 87: 13446-55.

  • Johansson MA, Sjögren YM, Persson JO, Nilsson C, Sverremark-Ekström E. Early colonization with a group of Lactobacilli decreases the risk for allergy at five years of age despite allergic heredity. PloS One 2011; 6(8):e23031. Epub 2011 Aug 1.

  • Johansson MA, Saghafian-Hedengren S, Haileselassie Y, Roos S, Troye-Blomberg M, Nilsson C, Sverremark-Ekström E. Early-life gut bacteria associates with IL-4, IL-10 and IFN-? production at two years of age. PloS One 2012; 7(11): e49315.

  • Haileselassie Y, Johansson MA, Zimmer CL, Björkander S, Petursdottir DH, Dicksved J, Petersson M, Persson JO, Fernández C, Holmlund U, Sverremark-Ekström E. Lactobacilli regulate Staphylococcus aureus 161:2-induced proinflammatory T cell responses in vitro. PLoS One 2013; 8(10): e77893.


Selected projects

  • Gut microbiota, immune maturation and allergy development

  • Herpesvirus, immune maturation and allergy development

  • Maternal influence on infant immunity

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Board membership

  • Member of the Institutional Board of the Department of Molecular Biosciences, Stockholm University since 2013

  • Member of the Board of the International PhD program in Immunopharmacology at the University of Palermo, Italy, since 2011

  • Member of the board for the Swedish Society for Immunology (SWIMM), since 2011

  • Member of the Institutional Board of the Wenner-Gren Institute, Stockholm University 2009-2013

  • Director of Studies in Immunology at Stockholm University, 2004-13

Scientific Societies:

  • The Swedish Society for Immunology

  • The Scandinavian Society for Immunology

  • The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

  • The American Association of Immunologists

Grant evaluation:

  • The Swedish Research Council grant evaluation panel member, since 2013

  • The Swedish Cancer- and Allergy Foundation grant evaluation panel member, since 2014

  • Several international grant review assignments, since 2004

  • External examiner/faculty opponent of PhD theses 7 times and PhD thesis committee member more than 60 times. Ad hoc reviewer in several international scientific journals

Additional qualifications

  • Professor in Immunology, Department of Molecular *Biosciences, Stockholm University, since 2012

  • Deputy Head of the Department for Biology Education, Stockholm University, since 2014


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