Group leader and researcher at the Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet.
I am a biologist, who graduated with a major in animal physiology and neurosciences. Later on my focus has shifted to the immune system, epithelial barrier biology and the role of host-microbe interplay in the tuning of host immune responses to external exposures and mechanisms underlying immune tolerance and susceptibility to chronic inflammatory disease.
My research team explores the impact of modern lifestyle on immune tolerance and the risk of developing chronic inflammatory disease, such as allergies. I lead a project which identifies biomarkers to discriminate between irritant and allergic contact dermatitis for the purpose of developing improved diagnostics.
I am yearly involved in teaching basic immunology, immune toxicology, bacteriology and epithelial barrier biology at Karolinska Institutet and at the University of Helsinki.
MSc 1997 University of Helsinki
PhD 1999 University of Helsinki
Docent 2015 University of Helsinki