Pernille Nilsson

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Visiting address Blindernveien 31 None 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1066 Blindern 0316 OSLO

Academic Interests

I started my PhD at CEES in mid-September working on the evolution of immunity and immune responses to plague (Yersinia pestis) in the great gerbil. This desert dwelling rodent found throughout Central Asia can withstand remarkable amounts of this bacteria unparalleled with other rodents and are an important reservoir for plague in the area. This project will combine whole genome sequencing and transcriptomics to detect the genetic/heritable basis and mechanism(s) for resistance to plague in great gerbils.

I have studied Human Biology, one of the eight Copenhagen Masters of Excellence, at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark where I worked with the evolution of HBV resistance mutations in HIV patients during my master’s thesis.

Tags: Evolution, Plague, China


  • Nilsson, Pernille (2016). A reference genome of great gerbil a highly plague resistant rodent host.
  • Nilsson, Pernille & Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd (2015). Finner DNA-rester av pestbakterier fra svartedauden. Apollon : Forskningsmagasin for Universitetet i Oslo.  ISSN 0803-6926.
  • Nilsson, Pernille & Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd (2015). Pestbakterier fra jernalder og svartedauden analyseres i Norge. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).  ISSN 0804-3116.
  • Nilsson, Pernille; Easterday, William Ryan; Schmid, Boris Valentijn; Jentoft, Sissel; Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd; Zhange, Yujiang; yang, Ruifu & Stenseth, Nils Christian (2014). Plague and the Chinese experience – how to collaborate and work in China.
  • Mollnes, Tom Eirik; Barratt-Due, Andreas; Pischke, Søren Erik; Sandanger, Inger; Nilsson, Pernille; Lambris, J; Nunn, Miles A.; Denk, Stephanie; Espevik, Terje & Huber-Lang, Markus (2013). Double-blockade of CD14 and complement component C5 abolish the inflammatory storm and improve survival in mouse polymicrobial sepsis. Molecular Immunology.  ISSN 0161-5890.  56(3), s 294- 294 . doi: 10.1016/j.molimm.2013.05.153
  • Nilsson, Pernille (2013). Evolution of host immunity and immune responses to plague (Yersinia pestis) – a case study of the great gerbils.
  • Nilsson, Pernille (2013). Evolution of the host immunity and immune responses to plague (Yersinia pestis) – a case study of the great gerbil.

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