Background and activities

Researcher in the CAIR group, focus on mechanisms and characteristics of the immune response to respiratory viruses that trigger inflammation and disease in children.

Co-leader of the VIRAS (VIRus and ASthma) study, a multidisciplinary follow-up study aimed at characterizing epidemiological, genetic and immunological relationships between infant brochiolitis and asthma development.


Curriculum Vitae

Visiting Researcher at Istituto Clinico Humanitas, Humanitas University, Italy. 2017-2018.

Researcher at the Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine (IKOM), NTNU. 2014 - currently

Associate Professor II in Immunology (academic responsible for MOL3005) at the Department of Laboratory Medicine, Children`s and Women`s Health (LBK), NTNU. 2013-2018

Post Doctor at LBK, NTNU. 2010-2014

Research fellow at LBK, NTNU. 2009-2010

Research stay in Egil Lien`s lab, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, UMass, US. 2006

PhD in Molecular Medicine at LBK, NTNU. 2004-2008

Staff engineer at LBK, NTNU. 20013 - 2004

Master of Science in Biotechnology, University of Tromsø. 2002


Research interest

My research focuses on the immune response to respiratory viruses. I apply basic research, in vivo models and human biobanks to investigate the characteristics of the immune system that trigger inflammation and disease in children exposed to viral respiratory tract infections. This type of knowledge can potentially lead to the development of new vaccines, intervention strategies and therapies.


Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications


  • Johnsen, Ingvild Bjellmo; Anthonsen, Marit Walbye. (2009) Intracellular signaling mechanisms in the innate immune response to viral infections. 2009. ISBN 978-82-471-1624-1.