I, Annika Karlsson am actively serving as the deputy director, senior researcher (group leader) and teacher at the Division of Clinical Microbiology, Department of Laboratory Medicine, and Facility Manager at the ANA Futura BSL3 Core Facility, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet. I was appointed Associate Professor in clinical virology at Karolinska Institutet in 2009. The scope of my research activities is to deepen our understanding of the interactions between a virus and the virus-specific cellular immune response, specifically CD4 and CD8 T cells, in blood and tissue.
My research goal is to define the virus-specific cellular immune system in pregnant women, children, adolescents, adults, elderly, and in human cancer with implications for immunopathogenesis, development and regulation of the immune system, and health. The biomarkers identified through our study can subsequently be implemented in the examination of the consequences of acute and chronic viral infections, long-term antiretroviral treatment, or vaccination.