Nexo Lab


Our research centers around human endogenous retroviruses and autoimmune disease, in particular multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus erythematosus. Our genetic epidemiology studies indicate that such viruses are important for both diseases. Studies of viral expression suggests the same. Our studies specifically implicate the virus HERV-Fc1 in multiple sclerosis.  Our research also implicate retroviral restriction genes as being of importance for multiple sclerosis.

Research interests

  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Viral expression in relation to disease
  • Cloning and expression of HERV-Fc1 proteins.


  • SNP typing on Sequenom
  • qPCR
  • FACS
  • Transfections
  • Western blots

Collaborators and centres

  • Consultant, Thor Petersen, Department of Neurology, Aarhus University Hospital.
  • Professor Kristian Stengaard-Pedersen, Department of Rheumatology, Aarhus University Hospital
  • Professor Peter Junker, Department of Rheumatology, Odense University Hospital
  • Professor, Finn Skou Pedersen, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University
  • Associate Professor Palle Villesen Fredsted, BiRC, Aarhus University

Research group members

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