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Head of Immunoglobulin Research/PI, Experimental Immunohematology at Sanquin Research
Gestur Vidarsson is a principle investigator at the Department of Experimental Immunohematology, head of Immunoglobulin Research laboratory at Sanquin Research, at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He holds a BSc in molecular biology and an MSc in Immunology from the University of Iceland, and received his doctorate from the Department of Immunology, University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) in 2000. He completed postdoctoral fellowships at UMCU’s Eijkman Graduate School for Immunology and Infectious Diseases; the Vaccine Research Laboratory at the Netherlands Vaccine Institute, Bilthoven; and the Department of Experimental Immunohematology, Sanquin Research and Landsteiner Laboratory.Dr Vidarsson’s research focus is on immune responses, from B cells to phagocytes. In particular, his research emphasizes on antibody biology and engineering (including glyco-engineering) antibody interactions with immune molecules (FcRn, FcγR, and complement), and modulation of immune responses, particularly in the context of antibody-mediated blood cell destruction in allo- and autoimmune diseases, and cancer.