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Petter Brodin

Professor/specialist physician

Research description

Our team is aiming to understand human immune system variation in health and disease, and understand the factors that shape human immune systems. We are also interested in defining better metrics of immune system health and develop methods for better immune system analyses in human patients.

As a physician at the department of pediatrics at the Karolinska University Hospital, I have a particular interest in understanding when and how human immune systems are shaped early in life, and the influences by environmental exposures such as the microbiome, infections, vaccines, nutritional components etc in this process.

We are firmly convinced that the way to understand human immune systems and their variation, it is essential that all system components are analyzed simultaneously and relationships between these taken into account. This have recently been made possible with the development of novel high-dimensional methods operating at single-cell resolution, such as Mass cytometry, mRNA-sequencing and integrative multiomics analyses.

To analyze human immune systems at the systems-level, we are developing novel experimental and computational methods.

More information about our work is available here:


M.D, 2010, Karolinska Institutet

Ph.D, Immunology, 2011, Karolinska Institutet

Postdoc, 2012-2013, Stanford University School of Medicine

Consultant, Pediatric immunology, 2019, Karolinska University Hospital

Professor, Pediatric immunology, 2021, Karolinska Institutet

Academic honours, awards and prizes

SSMF Consolidator award, 2022

Elected fellow, Henry Kunkel Society for human immunology, NYC, US, 2022.

Göran Gustavsson award, Swedish Royal Academy of Science, 2019

Wallenberg Academy Fellow, 2019

Jonas Söderquist Scholarship, 2019

EMBO Young Investigator, 2019

Member, Young Academy of Sweden, 2019

The Sven and Ebba-Christina Hagberg Prize, 2018

Wallenberg Clinical Fellow, 2017

ERC starting grant 2015

VR young researcher grant 2015

SSMF young researcher grant 2014

Wenner-Gren Fellow 2012

Prins Bertil's award, Sweden-America Foundation 2012

Mary Bevé award 2009