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Official launch of the new Center of Excellence: Center for Immunology of Viral Infections (CiViA)


Today we mark the official launch of the new Center for Immunology of Viral Infections (CiViA). CiViA is a research collaboration supported by the Danish National Research Foundation and brings together the groups of Professor Søren Riis Paludan (Director), Professor Trine Mogensen, Professor Jacob Giehm Mikkelsen, Associate Professor David Olagnier, Associate Professor K. Brad Wray (all Aarhus University), and Professor Andreas Pichlmair (TU Munich, Germany). The launch of the center included speeches by Anne-Mette Hvas (Dean of the Faculty of Health, Aarhus University), Thomas G. Jensen (Head of the Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University), and Christian S. Jensen (Danish National Research Foundation). 

CiViA aims to challenge paradigms in immunology and host defense against viral infections. 

You can read more about CiViA here.

2023 Fuglsø Research Seminar


Over the past two days, the group have been presenting and discussing their research at the annual Fuglsø Research Seminar, organized for the whole research unit of the Department of Infectious Diseases at Aarhus University Hospital. The event is a great oppotunity to learn from and discuss the wide variety of clinical, translational, and basic research projects being undertaken in the department. 

3rd Inflammation Network Day


The group was well-represented on the 3rd annual Inflammation Network Day which was held for the first time at Aarhus University Hospital. 

You can read more about the event on the LinkedIn post from Health here and about the Network here.

Welcome to our new students


We are happy to welcome two students to the lab: Jonas Lønskov will conduct a pre-master's thesis project in molecular medicine, and medical student Signe Bech Sørensen will be doing a research year on multisystem inflammatory syndrome.

Welcome to two new group members


Happy New Year and welcome to Kerstin de Keukeleere who has just enrolled as a PhD student and Azadeh Reyahi who is joining us as a postdoc. 

Welcome to three new scientists


We are excited to bid three new scientists welcome: Assistant Professor Thomas Zillinger and postdocs Annika Sünderhauf and Sisse Andersen who will be working on COVID-19. 

ESID Meeting 2022


The group was well-represented at the European Society for Immunodeficiencies (ESID) biennial meeting 2022 in Gothenburg with poster presentations and talks. 

Welcome to our new associate professor and postdoc


We are excited to bid two new scientists welcome: Associate Professor Renée Marije van der Sluis and postdoc Daniela Hinke who will both be working on COVID-19. 

Welcome to two new group members


Today we welcome two new group members: Michelle Møhlenberg will be working as postdoc on immune sensing of SARS-CoV2, and Marvin Werner is starting his PhD studies on the immune defence against viruses infecting the central nervous system. 

PhD Defence: Michelle Mølgaard Thomsen


Today, Michelle Mølgaard Thomsen successfully defended her PhD thesis with the title "Host genetics and susceptibility to severe alphaherpesvirus infections". 

The assessment committee was chaired by Associate Professor Line Reinert (Aarhus University) and the examiners were Professor Abel Viejo-Borbolla (Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Germany) and Assistant Professor Benson Ogunjimi (Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium). 

Congratulations to Michelle, we wish you all the best in your future career! 

New Center of Excellence: Center for Immunology of Viral Infections (CiViA)


Professor Trine Mogensen's research group will be part of a new Center of Excellence: Center for Immunology of Viral Infections (CiViA), at Aarhus University. The Danish National Research Foundation has pledged DKK 60M to the project which will be headed by Professor Søren Riis Paludan, Department of Biomedicine, over a period of 6 years, with possibility of extension to 10 years. 

Read the press release.

Inside Health: "PhD student sees professional network as a unique showcase for early career researchers"


Inside Health, the faculty's newsletter, has interviewed PhD Student Morten Kelder Skouboe about his experience with the Inflammation Network, of which Professor Trine Mogensen is chair.

Read the interview here.

Welcome to two new students


We welcome a new medical student to the group, Toke Touborg, who will be conducting an 8-week research project as part of his medical degree. 

We also welcome Kerstin De Keukeleere who will be conducting a 3 months research project. 

New genetic defect in IFNAR2 among Inuits


Professor Trine Mogensen's group have identified a novel genetic defect in the IFNAR2 gene, causing severe immunodeficiency. The variant allele is present among 2.5-3.5 % of Inuits, but only causes disease in homozygosity. The patients have heightened vulnerability to live attenuated virus vaccines, COVID-19 and influenza.

The results have now been published in Journal of Experimental Medicine

The story has been covered by the Danish newspaper Politiken here (in Danish).

Read more on the AU website.

Major EU grant for COVID-19 research


Professor Trine Mogensen will be heading a large European research collaboration to study the genetic basis for severe COVID-19. The project is funded by 50 million DKK through the Horizon Europe programme and will be conducted in collaboration with the COVID-19 Human Genetic Effort Consortium. 

Read more. 

Welcome to our new molecular medicine bachelor student


We welcome our new molecular medicine bachelor student, Jonas Lønskov. Jonas will be joining us until summer for his bachelor's thesis project. 

Welcome to our new lab technician


We welcome our new lab technician, Bettina Bundgaard. Bettina has worked in basic research on viruses and immunology for many years, and will be assisting us in our lab located in the Skou Building, Aarhus University.

Welcome to two new students


We welcome two new medical students in the group: 

Sofie will be undertaking an 8-week research project as part of her medical studies, and Thanis will be doing a full research year. 

Trine Hyrup Mogensen receives DKK 10 million for coronavirus research


"Professor and medical specialist in infectious diseases Trine Hyrup Mogensen from Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital investigates why apparently healthy young and middle-aged people in some cases develop severe Covid-19 requiring intensive hospitalisation and may experience serious courses of illness or even death."

Read more. 

Interview with the AAAS


The American Association for the Advancement of Science brought an interview with professor Trine Mogensen on why some individuals are severely affected by COVID-19. The interview was conducted in connection with two research papers on the topic in the journal Science.