Marita Troye-Blomberg is Head of the Department of Immunology at the Wenner-Gren Institute (WGI), Stockholm University. The department of Immunology has a long tradition in studies of innate, mucosal, and placental, as well as classical acquired immune responses, in both human and experimental mouse models. A large proportion of its activities is devoted to malaria research with special emphasis on immune-regulation, immune evasion mechanisms, and genetics. The unit started in 1979, and currently involves 25 persons, including scientists, post.docs, post-graduate students, and technical staff. It also accepts long- and short term fellows from developing countries. The unit has extensive collaborations with Mali, Benin, Tanzani, Sudan, Burkina Faso and Cameroon. The unit works in close collaboration with the group of I. Faye in the Department of Genetics, which has been devoted to research on the A. gambie mosquito and P. berghei for the past five years. The unit has state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, including a BSL3 for working with the A.gambie mosquito. The department has access to several core facilities such as cytofluorimetry, QC-PCR machines, confocalmicroscopy, mass spectrometer, mouse breeding facilities etc.
Marita has a long standing experience with international projects and has been involved in several European Commission FP5, FP6 and FP7 funded projects and Networks of Excellence. Marita served as a valued member of the independent EVI Scientific Advisory Committee for six years.