NSI Rising Stars

NSI Rising Stars in Immunology Seminar Series

The NSI Rising Stars in Immunology Seminar Series is a new NSI initiative this year (2021) that aims to invite young PIs from all over the world working on immunology.

Please send us your suggestions for future speakers! We are striving for a broad coverage of immunology topics, geographical locations as well as gender balance.

Send speaker suggestions to Victor Greiff: victor.greiff@medisin.uio.no


Next meeting

Sept 30th

Speaker: Prof Dr. Tobias Lenz will talk about: Evolutionary genomics of an optimal adaptive immune response – Trade-offs between pathogen resistance and autoimmunity
Talk coordinates: Thursday, Sept 30 2021, at 14.00. 

https://uio.zoom.us/j/68257307802?pwd=c1ZwdkwreFAvNFJuckpHM29HV3VOQT09

Meeting ID: 682 5730 7802

Passcode: 747229

[Bio: Prof. Dr. Tobias L. Lenz, is Head of Research Unit for Evolutionary Immunogenomics, Institute of Zoology, University of Hamburg, Heisenberg Professorship. “Our research investigates the evolutionary origin and consequences of functional genetic diversity in the context of health and disease. A particular focus of the group lies on the dynamics and trade-offs that govern successful antigen presentation and recognition in the adaptive immune system of vertebrates. We are exploring the complex interactions between the functional variability of antigen-presenting MHC molecules, the dynamics of the interacting T cell repertoire, and the antigen evolution in pathogens in order to improve our understanding of immune-mediated diseases in particular and the evolution of the adaptive immune system in general.” Google scholar: https://scholar.google.ch/citations?hl=en&user=-Tf6dCkAAAAJ]

Oct 7th

Speaker: Prof Dr. Yana Safonova will talk about: High-throughput profiling of antibody repertoires enables large-scale analysis of adaptive immune responses
Talk coordinates: Thursday, Oct 7th 2021, at 14.00. 

https://uio.zoom.us/j/61109831021?pwd=ZzBMSTVaT3k3YTcwUnJZYjd6L3gydz09

Meeting ID: 611 0983 1021

Passcode: 070059

[Bio: Prof. Dr. Yana Safonova, is an Incoming Assistant Professor. Department of Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University, USA.. “Currently, I am focusing on open problems in immunogenomics and computational immunology that include applications of the recently emerged immunosequencing technology (or repertoire sequencing) to design of antibody drugs, prediction of vaccine efficacy, and population analysis of the immune loci. Click here to learn more about the research projects.” Google scholar: https://scholar.google.ch/citations?hl=en&user=v1DsRLMAAAAJ]


Previous NSI Rising Stars Meetings

Speaker: Associate Prof Marco Donia, MD, PhD

Title: Cancer Immunotherapy: merging research and real world evidence

Date: Thursday, June 10, 14-15:00

Bio: Dr. Marco Donia is Clinician-Scientist (50% staff specialist and 50% junior research group leader), Center for Cancer Immune Therapy-CCIT, Department of Oncology, Copenhagen University Hospital Herlev, Denmark and a Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. List of publications. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4966-9752. He is also a Lundbeck fellow  with a project to identify and study the effect of the substances that stimulate  cancer cells and to attempt to minimise their effect.


Speaker: Prof Susan Rooijakkers, MD, PhD

‘Antibodies against bacterial infections: from basic insights to therapies’

Date: Thursday, May 20, 14-15:00

Bio: Prof Suzan Rooijakkers is head of the Bacterial Infections and Immunity. Suzan Rooijakkers is full professor at the Department of Medical Microbiology at the University Medical Center in Utrecht. She is an expert in the field of Bacterial Infections and Immunity. During her PhD and postdocs, Rooijakkers played an important role in the discovery of bacterial immune escape mechanisms. She identified several molecules secreted by S. aureus to modulate human complement and neutrophils (Nature Immunology (2005 & 2009), patent (2006), Journal of Experimental Medicine (2007), PNAS (2014)). After completing a postdoc at UCSD San Diego (USA), Rooijakkers established an independent research group focused at understanding the molecular interplay between bacteria and the human immune system, with the ultimate aim to translate research findings into new strategies for treatment of infectious disease. Her current research group (8 PhD students, 3 Postdocs and 1 technician) mainly focuses on the following main themes: How the human immune system kills bacteria and Antibody therapies against bacteria.


Speaker: Jeremy Swann

‘Adaptive disarmament: the immunogenetics of deep-sea anglerfish’

Date: Thursday, Feb 25 at 14.00. 

[Bio: Dr. Swann obtained his PhD from the University of Melbourne under the supervision of Mark Smyth. He is a group leader at the MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics  (Freiburg, Germany). His latest article is on The immunogenetics of sexual parasitism, https://science.sciencemag.org/content/369/6511/1608]


Speaker: Dr. Roger Geiger (https://www.geigerlab.org/)

‘Systems analyses of anti-tumor T cell responses’

Date: Thursday, Jan 28 at 14.00. 

[Bio: Dr. Geiger obtained his PhD from the ETH Zürich under the supervision of Ari Helenius. He received postdoctoral training in immunology with Antonio Lanzavecchia and in proteomics with Matthias Mann. Since 2017 Roger is an independent group leader at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine, CH. His groups works mainly on T-cell metabolism. He was awarded an ERCStG in 2018. His latest article is on Dynamics in protein translation sustaining T cell preparedness, https://www.nature.com/articles/s41590-020-0714-5].


Speaker: María Casanova Acebes, PhD

‘Lineage tracing reveals the pro-tumorigenic niche role of tissue resident macrophages in early lung cancer lesions’

Date: Thursday, April 8 at 14.00

Dr. María Casanova Acebes is head of the Cancer Immunity Laboratory at www.cnio.es. She completed her postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Miriam Merad. Here latest work has been published in Nature Communications: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-15371-0RXRs control serous macrophage neonatal expansion and identity and contribute to ovarian cancer progression.