My research focuses on human uterine immune cells with a particular focus on so called uterine natural killer (uNK) cells. These cells do not readily kill but rather regulate human pregnancy in a sophisticated manner yet to be fully understood. Fetal cells from the placenta invade into the uterine wall where they meet maternal uterine immune cells. This interaction, between cells from two genetically distinct organisms, is enigmatic. Population genetic studies link the properties of the uNK cells to pregnancy outcomes, including risk for pre-eclampsia, intra uterine growth restriction, as well as to high birth-weight. With my background in studying NK cell phenotype and function I now seek to understand the mechanisms underlying how uNK cells regulate human pregnancy. I use ex vivo assays, microscopy and cytometry techniques to do so.
2014-2016, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge, UK 2014, PhD, Karolinska Institutet 2008, MsC Molecular Biotechnology, Uppsala University
Academic honours, awards and prizes
2015, Wenner-gren International Postdoc Fellow