Dr Christopher Sundling

Research Officer

Christopher completed his bachelor and master of science, majoring in medical biology, at Linköpings University, Sweden. During his master year he participated in an exchanged program with the Univeristy of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, where he studied bacterial and viral pathogenesis. Christopher’s masters project was conducted in the lab of Prof Gunilla Karlsson Hedestam at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, where he also later conducted his PhD studies.

Christopher completed his PhD in 2012 and received the Sven Gard stipend for his impressive thesis work in the field of virology and immunology, investigating B cell responses to viral glycoproteins following immunisation of non-human primates. He was also awarded the Dimitris N. Chorafas stipend for promising young researchers in the field of life science, being the only nominee from Karolinska Institutet.

Currently, Christopher holds an International postdoc fellowship from the Swedish research council to work in the group of Prof Robert Brink, characterising long-lived B cell responses in mice.

Research Interests

B cell mediated immunity
Vaccine longevity
B cell immunogenetics

In the News

Student success at ASI-DGfI Conference - Dec 08, 2015

Awards and Honours

2014-2017 – The Swedish research council international postdoc fellowship
2013 - Sven Gard stipend for the best thesis in Virology at Karolinska Institutet in 2012
2012 - Dimitris N. Chorafas award


2012 – PhD, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm - Sweden
2007 – Msc, Linköpings University, Linköping - Sweden
2005 – Bsc, Linköpings University, Linköping - Sweden

Selected Publications

Wang Y, Sundling C, Wilson R, O'Dell S, Chen Y, Dai K, Phad GE, Zhu J, Xiao Y, Mascola JR, Karlsson Hedestam GB, Wyatt RT, Li Y. High-Resolution Longitudinal Study of HIV-1 Env Vaccine-Elicited B Cell Responses to the Virus Primary Receptor Binding Site Reveals Affinity Maturation and Clonal Persistence. J Immunol. 2016 Mar 21; 96(9) 3729-3743 pii: 1502543.

Dai K, Khan SN, Wang Y, He L, Guenaga J, Ingale J,  Sundling C, O'Dell S, McKee K, Phad G, Corcoran M, Wilson R, Mascola JR, Zhu J, Li Y, Karlsson Hedestam GB, Wyatt RT. HIV-1 Vaccine-elicited Antibodies Reverted to Their Inferred Naive Germline Reveal Associations between Binding Affinity and in vivo Activation. Sci Rep. 2016 Feb 16;6:20987.

Phad GE, Vazquez Bernat N, Feng Y, Ingale J, Matrinez Murilla PA, O'Dell S, Li Y, Mascola JR, Sundling C, Wyatt RT, Karlsson Hedestam GB. Diverse Antibody Genetic and Recognition Properties Revealed following HIV-1 Envelope Glycoprotein Immunization. J Immunol 2015 194:5903-14

Martinez P, Sundling C, O'Dell S, Mascola JR, Wyatt RT, Karlsson Hedestam GB. Primate immune responses to HIV-1 Env formulated in the saponin-based adjuvant AbISCO-100 in the presence or absence of TLR9 co-stimulation. Scientific Reports. 2015 12;5:8925  

Navis M, Tran K, Bale S, Phad GE, Guenaga J, Wilson R, Soldemo M, McKee K, Sundling C, Mascola J, Li Y, Wyatt RT, Karlsson Hedestam GB. HIV-1 receptor binding site-directed antibodies using a VH1-2 gene segment orthologue are activated by Env trimer immunization. PLOS Pathogens. 2014 10;8 1

Spångberg M*, Martinez P, Fredlund H, Karlsson Hedestam GB, Sundling C*. A simple and safe technique for longitudinal bone marrow aspiration in cynomolgus and rhesus macaques. Journal of Immunological Methods. 2014 408:137-41 *Corresponding author.

Sundling C,* Zhang Z, Phad GP, Sheng Z, Wang Y, Mascola JR, Li Y, Wyatt RT, Shapiro L, Karlsson Hedestam GB.* Single-cell and deep sequencing of IgG-switched macaque B cells reveal a diverse immunoglobulin repertoire following immunization. Journal of Immunology 2014 Mar 12 [Epub]. *Corresponding author.

Tran K,* Poulsen C,* Guenaga J,* De val Alda N, Wilson R, Sundling C, Li Y,  Stanfield RL, Wilson IA, Ward AB, Karlsson Hedestam GB,  Wyatt RT. Vaccine-elicited primate antibodies use a distinct approach to the HIV-1 primary receptor binding site informing vaccine redesign. PNAS 2014 111;7 E738-47 *Equal contribution

Sundling C, Martinez P, Soldemo M, Spangberg M, Bengtsson KL, Stertman L, Forsell MNE, Hedestam GBK. Immunization of Macaques With Soluble HIV Type 1 and Influenza Virus Envelope Glycoproteins Results in a Similarly Rapid Contraction of Peripheral B-Cell Responses After Boosting. Journal of Infectious Diseases 2013 207;3 426-431

Sundling C,* Li Y,* Huynh N, Poulsen C, Wilson R, O'Dell S, Feng Y, Mascola JR, Wyatt RT, Hedestam GBK. High-Resolution Definition of Vaccine-Elicited B Cell Responses Against the HIV Primary Receptor Binding Site. Science Translational Medicine 2012 4;142 *Equal contribution

Sundling C, Phad G, Douagi I, Navis M, Karlsson Hedestam GB. Isolation of antibody V(D)J sequences from single cell sorted rhesus macaque B cells. Journal of Immunological Methods 2012 386;1-2 85-93

Gujer C, Sundling C, Seder RA, Hedestam Karlsson GB, Lore K. Human and rhesus plasmacytoid dendritic cell and B-cell responses to Toll-like receptor stimulation. Immunology 2011 134;3 257-269

Gujer C, Sandgren KJ, Douagi I, Adams WC, Sundling C, Smed-Sorensen A, Seder RA,  Hedestam GBK, Lore K. IFN-alpha produced by human plasmacytoid dendritic cells enhances T cell-dependent naive B cell differentiation. Journal of Leukocyte Biology 2011 89;6 811-821

Sundling C, O'Dell S, Douagi I, Forsell MN, Morner A, Lore K, Mascola JR, Wyatt RT,  Hedestam GBK. Immunization with Wild-Type or CD4-Binding-Defective HIV-1 Env Trimers Reduces Viremia Equivalently following Heterologous Challenge with Simian-Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Journal of Virology 2010 84;18 9086-9095

Douagi I, Forsell MNE, Sundling C, O'Dell S, Feng Y, Dosenovic P, Li YX, Seder R, Lore K, Mascola JR, Wyatt RT, Hedestam GBK. Influence of Novel CD4 Binding-Defective HIV-1 Envelope Glycoprotein Immunogens on Neutralizing Antibody and T-Cell Responses in Nonhuman Primates. Journal of Virology  2010 84;4 1683-1695

Sundling C, Forsell MNE, O'Dell S, Feng Y, Chakrabarti B, Rao SS, Lore K, Mascola JR, Wyatt RT, Douagi I, Hedestam GBK. Soluble HIV-1 Env trimers in adjuvant elicit potent and diverse functional B cell responses in primates. Journal of Experimental Medicine 2010 207;9 2003-2017

Douagi I, Gujer C, Sundling C, Adams WC, Smed-Sorensen A, Seder RA, Hedestam GBK, Lore K. Human B Cell Responses to TLR Ligands Are Differentially Modulated by Myeloid and Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells. Journal of Immunology 2009 182;4 1991-2001

Morner A, Douagi I, Forsell MNE, Sundling C, Dosenovic P, O'Dell S, Dey B, Kwong PD, Voss G, Thorstensson R, Mascola JR, Wyatt RT, Hedestam GBK. Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 Env Trimer Immunization of Macaques and Impact of Priming with Viral Vector or Stabilized Core Protein. Journal of Virology 2009 83;2 540-551          

Sundling C, Schon K, Morner A, Forsell MNE, Wyatt RT, Thorstensson R, Hedestam GBK, Lycke NY. CTA1-DD adjuvant promotes strong immunity against human immunodeficiency virus type 1 envelope glycoproteins following mucosal immunization. Journal of General Virology 2008 89; 2954-2964

Dr Christopher Sundling