Prof Gerald McInerney

I attained my BSc in Microbiology at University College Dublin, Ireland in 1994 and my PhD in Molecular Virology from the Institute for Animal Health (now The Pirbright Institute) and University of Reading, UK in 2000. Since then I have been working at the Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, first as a postdoctoral researcher in Prof Peter Liljeström’s group and later as a Senior Scientist in association with Prof Gunilla Karlsson Hedestam’s group. I established my own independent research group in 2013, and in 2021 I became Professor of Molecular Virology.

Current Group

Lab manager


Laura Perez Vidakovics

As a member of the CoroNAb project, I have been working on the expression, purification, and characterization of RBD domain and spike proteins of SARS-CoV-2. These were used for the immunization of animals and further selection of antibodies and nanobodies. In parallel, I have been working on the expression and characterization of nanobodies against SARS-CoV-2 and SARS-CoV-2 variant expansion and characterization in different cell lines. Previously working as assistant researcher at the University of La Plata (IBBM-CONICET), Argentina, on the project “Role of autophagy and ESCRTs machinery in replication of Junin virus (JUNV) and New World arenavirus (NWA)”.

Mykhailo Guzyk

Joined in summer 2022 from the Palladin Institute of Biochemistry of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in Kyiv, to continue his research in our lab partly funded by a grant from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF)

Hanna Bley

Started in Oct 2022

Supreeti Mahajan

Starts July 2023

PhD students

Siwen Long

Siwen Long obtained her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at Huazhong Agricultural University, China in 2016 and master’s degree in Preventive Veterinary Medicine at Huazhong Agricultural University, China in 2019. Siwen was awarded the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) fellowship and started her PhD in 2019. She is developing develop antiviral agents against SARS-CoV-2 by drug screening and researching cellular interactions with viral proteins.

David Mentrup

At the Goethe University in Frankfurt, I finished both my BSc in Biochemistry and BA in Sociology in 2017, the latter focusing on social interactions within the scientific research field. After two internships, working in the press office of the German Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedicine and next working in downstream development in the biopharmaceutical industry, I decided to acquire further biocomputational skills. In 2020, I finished my joint Master of Life Sciences at Stockholm University, Karolinska Institutet, and KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Since then, I am conducting my PhD in this lab, studying intracellular shifts in thermal stability of host proteins during viral infections using MS-CETSA in collaboration with Pär Nordlund's Group.

Previous Group Members

Leo Hanke, Postdoc

Lifeng Liu, PhD student

Benjamin Götte, PhD student

Cecilia Smedberg, Postdoc

Bastian Thaa, Postdoc

Juli Brun, MSc student

Marc Panas, PhD Student and Postdoc

Lara Rheinemann, MSc student

Thomas Kuri, Postdoc

Roberta Biasiotto, Postdoc

Kai Eng, PhD student

Previous Group Photos

November 2020

July 2019

April 2017

January 2015

January 2014

June 2013