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Wandall group


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Hans Wandall
professor, MD, PhD
room: 7.10.26
(+45) 23 84 01 56 
(+45) 35 33 55 53
Cancer Immunology and Vaccines, Biomarkers, Glycan Biosynthesis, Differentiation and Development


Karin Uch Hansen
laboratory technician 
room: 7.10.10
(+45) 35 32 78 08

Ieva Bagdonaite
room: 7.10.75
(+45) 35 33 54 80

Johannes Wirenfeldt Pedersen
room: 7.10.61

Emil Marek Heymans Pallesen
PhD student
"Probing function of O-glycosylation by an organotypic skin model"
room: 7.10.64 
(+45) 35 33 55 36

Kai Xiong
visiting PhD student 
room: 7.10.

Gülcan Kilic
visiting PhD student
room: 7.10

Mathias Ingemann Nielsen
research assistant
room: 7.10.38

Asha Levann
visiting researcher
room: 7.10

David Thein Aagaard
student employee
room: 7.10

Troels Boldt Rømer
student employee
room: 7.10

Amalie Dahl Haue
visiting researcher 
room: 7.10

August Alexander Naidu Dylander
student employee
room: 7.10



cancer biology

Projects include studies of how specific glycan structures are involved in the transformation of healthy epithelial cells to invasive cancer cells. In addition we explore the use of glycans for micro array strategies searching for tumor specific biomarkers with a particular interest in gastro-intestinal carcinomas. Furthermore we study the use of glycosphingolipids and O-linked glycans to generate vaccine strategies for the treatment of cancer.

assembly of glycans
Studies include analysis of the large family of polypeptide GalNAc-transferases that initiate O-linked glycosylation.

glycolipids in development
We study how glycosphingolipids impinge on receptor signaling in vivo. We use both drosophila melanogaster and mammalian cell systems in which the glycosphingolipid biosynthetic pathway has been manipulated.

TEM micrographs of cross-sections of Drosophila melanogaster peripheral nerves from wild type (Left) and egh mutant lacking elongated glycosphingolipids (Right) at identical magnification. Axons, wrapping glia, subperineurial glia, and perineurial glia layers are indicated on the wild-type nerve.

platelet glycobiology
Studies include analysis of platelet glycosyltransferases and the importance of surface glycans for the function of platelets. 

Megakaryocyte under differentiation with green Golgi, red alpha-granules, and blue Nucleus.

work in the lab has been funded by the following agencies:
Danish Council for Science, Technology and Innovation & Danish Medical Research Council & The Lundbeck Foundation & Novo Nordisk Foundation & Danish Cancer Research Foundation