I received my M.D. from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, in 1984. Following a residency at the Department of Hematology, Aarhus County Hospital, I was lucky enough to get funding to set up a PhD project to study the trafficking of metastasizing tumor cells as well as activated NK cells at the Department of Immunology at the Institute of Medical Microbiology, University of Aarhus, Denmark.
In 1988 I received a fellowship from the Fogarty International Center, NIH, to study in the US for 1-2 years. I also received an invitation from Ronald B. Herberman, M.D., to join the newly established Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, as a visiting fellow. It was during this period my interest in NK cells changed from serious to passionate as I, against my own predictions, showed that under the right conditions, NK cells localize in high numbers and with impressive selectivity at tumor sites.
I returned to Denmark two years later to finish my Ph.D. in Immunology (“Tissue distribution of NK cells and their role in clearance and metastasis of tumor cells”, University of Aarhus, 1992. Mentors: Dr. Marianne Hokland, M.D., Ph.D., and the late Dr. Iver Heron, M.D., Ph.D.), but at the end of my “two year home-rule” in 1992, I was recruited back to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) to study cancer immunotherapy based on NK cells, cytotoxic T cells and dendritic cells.
In the summer of 2017, I accepted an exciting offer from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center to join the newly formed Division of Translational Research, DoM, under the leadership of my friend and former colleague from Pittsburgh, Dr. Pawel Kalinski. While I, in this new position, continue to study traffic and anti-tumor function of immune effector cells, a major and very important and very satisfying difference is that I am now given the possibility to apply myself and my insights from years of animal-based studies directly to translational and clinical cancer research.
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
- Assistant Member (Clinical Research)
- DoM - Translational Research
Education and Training:
- 1992 - PhD - Cancer Immunology/immunotherapy, University of Aarhus, Denmark
- 1984 - MD - University of Aarhus, Denmark
- 1996 - DM.Sci. - Immunology/Cancer Immunology, University of Aarhus, Denmark
- 1984 - Hematology, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark
- 1988-1990 - Fogarty International Center Fellowship (NIH). Anti-cancer effect of NK cells.
Honors & Awards:
- 2011 - Collaborative IDEA Award, Department of Defense, USA
- 2008 - Concept Award, Department of Defense, USA
- 2003 - Nominee – Small Group Facilitators, The Excellence in Education Awards
- 2003 - Nominee – Lecturers, The Excellence in Education Awards
- 2002 - PA Breast Cancer Coalition Research Grant Award, PA Dept. Health
- 2000 - Concept Award, Department of Defense, USA
- 1997 - IDEA Award, Department of Defense, USA
- First Independent Research Support and Transition Award (NIH)