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Hanna Brauner

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About me

Hanna Brauner is associate professor and team leader at the Centre for Molecular Medicine (CMM), the Department of Medicine, Solna and specialist physician at the Dermatology clinic, Karolinska University hospital. She defended her thesis in 2010, at the Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell biology, Karolinska Institutet (KI), supervised by professors Petter Höglund and Klas Kärre. Her first postdoctoral training was with professor James Di Santo, the Pasteur Institute, in 2012-2013. Thereafter she did a second postdoctoral period with associate professor Lisa Westerberg, KI, in 2015-2017. In 2018 Hanna Brauner was awarded a young investigator award from the Swedish Society for Medical Research (SSMF) and was recruited to the Department of Medicine, Solna and CMM. She is responsible for patients with cutaneous lymphoma at the dermatology clinic, Karolinska University hospital, member of the group creating national treatment guidelines for cutaneous lymphoma and part of forming a Nordic network for cutaneous lymphoma. 

Research description

The overall goal with our research is to study the pathogenic mechanisms leading to lymphoma and autoimmunity, and factors controlling disease progression. The ultimate aim is to improve diagnosis, monitoring the disease and improving treatment of these patients.


Our laboratory at the Centre for Molecular Medicine (CMM) is strategically placed close to the Karolinska University hospital, enabling easy access of clinical samples. We use a broad array of advanced laboratory techniques, including in vitro and ex vivo assays of cellular immunology, cell biology and genetic analysis, to investigate unique clinical material and perform registry studies. We have a strong collaborative team with clinicians and researchers in dermatology, rheumatology, hematology, pathology, immunology and epidemiology.


The research is clearly translational, bridging from patients to basic science and back to the patients again, with the scientific questions always originating in the clinical disease.


Team Members

Hanna Brauner, PI

Julia Nenonen, PhD student

Hanh Thi My Loung, postdoc

Dawei Song, postdoc

Mengmeng Xiang, visiting PhD student

Lina Ivert, MD PhD, associated clinical postdoc

Anna Winther, MD, associated project student


Andrea Scheffschick, postdoc 2019-2021 Sina Fuchs, postdoc 2019-2021 Sofi Vikström, MD, project work 2021-2022

Ellinor Leijonhufvud, MD, project work 2019-2020

Ida Mazaheri Khameneh, medical exam work 2022

Kajsa Enjin Jacobsson, medical exam work 2022

Wilma Lindström, medical exam work 2021

Elena Björnbom, medical exam work 2019 


We are always looking for highly motivated people to join our team. Please contact Hanna Brauner if you are interested, at hanna.brauner@ki.se



Swedish Society for Medical Research, the Swedish Cancer Foundation, the Swedish Medical Association, Region Stockholm (clinical research appointment and ALF Medicine), Hudfonden and Clas Groschinsky, Åke Wiberg, Magnus Bergvall, Radiumhemmet and Karolinska Institutet foundations. JN is supported by a Karolinska Institutet PhD student grant (KID). MX is supported by the KI-China Scholarship Council (CSC) programme.