Young Researcher Spotlight #1


Annika Malin Bruger

Annika received an undergraduate Masters in Biochemistry from the University of Bath, UK, in 2009. She then moved to the University of Oxford, where she was awarded a DPhil in 2014. Her doctoral studies at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology with Prof Oreste Acuto focussed on how the affinity of a ligand affects the early signalling events in T-cells and the subsequent ‘decision’ for activation.

Annika is currently a senior post-doctoral fellow in the group of Pro Pierre van der Bruggen at the De Duve Institute in Brussels, Belgium. The lab is interested in the ways in which T-cell functions are inhibited in cancer, and how this effect can be reversed. Since 2015, Annika concentrates on the effect of neutrophils and PMN-MDSC in lung and ovarian cancer patients on T-cell functions.

Annika was an active member of the previous COST Action Mye-EUNITER, where she organised three short-term scientific missions (STSMs). Two STSMs took place in Brussels and the participants designed a standard-operating protocol to test the suppression of T-cell proliferation by myeloid cells. The results were published in Methods in Enzymology in 2019.

As the Grant Awarding Coordinator, Annika is a member of Mye-InfoBank’s Management Committee. She co-organised the Young Researchers Virtual Workshop at Mye-InfoBank’s first meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, in February 2022. She is also one of the Action’s national representatives for Belgium.

Photo: © Annika Malin Bruger/Mye-InfoBank

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