PhD defense: Hakan Köksal

M.Sc Hakan Köksal at Institute of Clinical Medicine will be defending the thesis “Novel designs and approaches in CAR T cells” for the degree of PhD (Philosophiae Doctor).

Due to the current pandemic situation, the University of Oslo is closed and the public defence will be held as a video conference over Zoom here.

The defence will follow regular procedure as far as possible, hence it will be open to the public and the audience can ask ex auditorio questions when invited to do so.

New case report!

Else Marit Inderberg and Nadia Mensali took part in a paper showing the treatment of posttransplantation lymphoproliferative disease by using retransplantation, make sure to check it here!

New papers

Baoyan Bai, June Helen Myklebust and Sébastien Wälchli just published a protocol on how to edit B cell lymphoma using CRISPR/Cas9 technology, make sure to have a look here!

Gene Editing in B-Lymphoma Cell Lines Using CRISPR/Cas9 Technology



Sébastien Wälchli and Mouldy Sioud published also a protocol on CRISPR/Cas9 as a tool for adoptive cell therapy. More information here!

Next Generation of Adoptive T Cell Therapy Using CRISPR/Cas9 Technology: Universal or Boosted?


Finally, Nicholas Casey published recently a paper on the use of RNAi with TCR transfer to enhance safety and efficiency. Follow the guide!


New review !

A new review from Else Marit Inderberg and Sebastien Wälchli was published in Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy. The review described how we can isolate and identify therapeutic TCRs from long-term surviving patients.

Make sure to have a look here!

New publication !

Nadia Mensali and Marit R. Myhre published a new study entitled: "Preclinical assessment of transiently TCR redirected T cells for solid tumour immunotherapy". A copy of the study published in Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy can be found here.

Two news, one stone !

We were at the last PIVAC (Progress in Vaccination Against Cancer) 2019 !

Else Marit and Hedvig presented our most recent developments !

Make sure to check their abstracts !

Yesterday Lizet Baken successfully defended her Bachelor Thesis at the Avans University of Applied Sciences.

Part of this thesis was performed in our lab where she has been working on an anti-Ig-lambda CAR.

Congratulations Lizet, we are all very proud of you!

We will be at CIMT 2019



Else Marit Inderberg, Sebastien Wälchli, Nadia Mensali and Elizabeth Baken will attend CIMT 2019 meeting in Mainz (21 to 23 May).

Make sure to look at their abstracts.

CIMT website

CIMT program

First norwegian CAR publication!

We published pre-clinical results of the first 100% Norwegian CAR: CD37CAR, an alternative to CD19CAR.

Make sure to have a look here and here !

Hakan Köksal And Pierre Dillard are first authors of this publication.


We will be at AACR 2019


Gunnar Kvalheim, Hakan Köksal and Pierre Dillard will be at the next AACR meeting (29th of March to 3rd of April, Atalanta) to talk about new developments in CAR.

Hakan will present a novel combination method for IGKCAR that prevents B-cell aplasia.

Pierre will present the pre-clinical validation of CD37CAR, an alternative to CD19CAR.

Make sure to have a look!

A new Postdoc joined us !

Emmanuelle Benard who did her PhD in Biophysics and Immunology in Marseille, just joined us ! 

She will be in charge of the development of new CAR T-cells.

First JOVE shooting

We had our first JOVE shooting on a new metod to generate spheroid for CAR T-cells screening.

Make sure to give it a look (once it is out) !


PIVAC 2018 was held in Oslo

PIVAC 2018 was held in Oslo, co-organized by the department of Cell Therpay. The conference permitted to share new advance in the field of vaccination and future prospects for immunotherapy.