Current lab members

Anders

Anders P. Hakansson, Ph. D., Principal Investigator
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B. Med. 1993. Lund University, Lund, Sweden
Ph. D. 1999. Lund University, Lund, Sweden

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Anki Anki Mossberg, Research Engineer (LU) (2015-)

BMA Lund University, Lund, Sweden
Ph.D. 2010. Medical Microbiology, Lund Univeristy, Lund, Sweden

Anki was the one who taught me how to use a pipette once upon a long time ago. We worked together with HAMLET and respiratory tract disease during my time in Dr. Svanborg's laboratory until I left in 1999. After returning to Sweden in 2014, I have had the fortune to be able to work with Anki again. It is a real treat!

Caroline Caroline Bergenfelz, Post-doctoral Fellow (LU) (2015-)

M.Sc. Biology,
Ph.D. 2014. Tumor Immunology, Lund Univeristy, Lund, Sweden

Caroline joined our laboratory in 2015 after defending her thesis with Dr. Karin Leandersson on the topic of tumor immunology. Based on her extensive experience with work on inflammation she is now heading our efforts to understand the inflammatory respinse during respiratory tract infections.

Caroline has been successful in obtaining funding from The Royal Physiographic Society in Lund in 2015 and 2016, and was in 2016 awarded a prestigeous post-doctoral fellowship from the Swedish Society for Medical Research. To see her profile, clinck HERE.

  Raja Kalluru, Post-doctoral Fellow (LU) (2016-)

B.Sc. 2003. Biotechnology, Bangalore University, Bangalore, India
Ph.D. 2013. Infection biology. University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Post-doctoral Fellow, (2014-2016) Infection Medicine, Lund Univeristy, Lund Sweden

Raja joined our laboratory to finish the studies he started with Markus Roupe at Infection Medicine at BMC in Lund, related to the role of Streptococcal capsule in the inflammatory response in macrophages.

Yosh Yashuan "Yosh" Chao, Graduate student (LU) (2014-)

B.Sc. 2013 Biology, University of Colorado, Denver, CO, USA.
M. Sc equivalent. 2014. University at Buffalo, SUNY, NY, USA.

Yosh joined our laboratory for a SURE internship in the summer of 2011 and we were able to recruit her back to Buffalo in 2013 after she finished her Bachelor's degree. She then moved with me to Sweden in the Fall of 2014 and works on the mechanisms of bacteiral egress from pneumococcal bilfilms triggered by changes of the host environment.

Yosh has been successful in obtaining funding from The Royal Physiographic Society in Lund in 2015 and 2016 and for obtaining a Medical School Travel Award in 2016.

  Feiruz Alamiri, Graduate student (LU) (2016-)

B.Sc. 2012. Biomedical Sciences. Lebanese International University, Beqaa Valley, Lebanon.
M.Sc. 2015. Molecular Microbiology. Lund University, Lund.

Research Assistant (2015-2016). Hakansson Laboratory, Lund University, Lund Sweden.

Feiruz joined our laboratory directly after her Master's studies as a Research Assistant and joined our lab as a Ph.D. student in 2016. She is working on how HAMLET is sensitizing bacteria to antibiotics they are resistant to.

Goutham Goutham Vansarla, Graduate student (LU) (2017-)

B.Sc. 2009. Pharmacy, Hitech Institute of Advanced Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hyderabad, India
M. Sc. 2010. Biomedicine, University of Skovde, Skovde, Sweden
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Research Assistant (2015-2017). Hakansson Laboratorym Lund University, Lund Sweden.

Goutham joined our laboratory in the fall of 2015 as a Project Assiatant and was accepted to a Ph.D. position in February 2017. Goutham works on the mechanisms of HAMLET-induced bacterial death.

Collaborators

James Akre, Retired Technical Officer
World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Breast-feeding and infant development

  Debby Bogaert, Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
Pneumococcal pathogenesis and microbiome

David Briles, Professor
Department of Microbiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, USA
Pneumococcal pathogenesis

Camilli

Andrew Camilli, Professor
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology, Tufts Univeristy, Boston, USA
Pneumococcal genetics, Tn-seq

  Mattias Collin, Associate Professor
Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund University Lund Sweden
Streptococcal pathogenesis
  Frida Enoksson, Clinician
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
Pneumococcal capsules and cell wall components
  Ann Hermansson, Associate Professor
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
Pneumococcal acute otitis media
  Karin Leandersson, Professor
Department of Translational Medicine, Lund Univeristy, Lund, Sweden
Gram-positive and Gram-negative sepsis
  Sara Linse, Professor
Department of Physical Chemistry, Lund Univeristy, Lund, Sweden
HAMLET protein structure and function

Moon Nahm, Professor
Department of Pathology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, USA
Pneumococcal capsules and cell wall components

  Michael Niederweis, Professor
Department of Microbiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, USA
HAMLET and Mycobacterium tuberculosis

  Pontus Nordenfelt , Assistant Professor
Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
Streptococcal biofilm dynamics
  Carlos Orihuela, Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, USA
Pneumococcal pathogenesis

Brian Palmer, Family dentist practitioner (Deceased)
Leawood, KS, USA
Breast-feeding and early childhood caries

  Melinda Pettigrew, Professor
Department of Epidemiology, Yale University School of Public Health, USA
Pneumococcal transcriptome and microbiome studies
  Blaine Pfeifer, Professor
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University at Buffalo, SUNY, Buffalo, USA
Pneumococcal vaccine development
   
Ruhl Stefan Ruhl, Professor
Department of Oral Biology, University at Buffalo, SUNY, Buffalo, USA
Oral biology and mucins

Daniel Smith, Associate Clinical Professor
The Forsyth Institute
Department of Oral Medicine, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston, USA
Breast-feeding and early childhood caries