Abigail Altman

Project Assistant

Using Direct Cell Reprogramming to Uncover pDC Specification Programs and Function


Abigail completed her Bachelor’s degree at University of Denver in Colorado where she worked with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Specifically, she cloned and reproduced recombinantly antibody fragments that recognize the HIV-1 Envelope protein. Abigail is particularly interested in research with medical applications, which is why she is so excited to be working with the Pereira Group and focusing on immunology. During her project, Abigail will be using direct cell reprogramming to extend our understanding of plasmacytoid dendritic cells.

In her free time, Abigail tries to get outside as much as possible. She enjoys hiking, camping, and most of all skiing! Before moving to Sweden, Abigail lived in Colorado and was able to do these activities in the mountains nearly every weekend. She has been happy exploring many of Sweden’s national parks, and this summer she backpacked several sections of the Skåneleden trail and also the Kungsleden, where she summited Kebnekaise! When not exploring nature, Abigail is working towards her goal of reading 50 books in 2020.

Scientific Events

@Scandinavian Society for Immunology Annual Meeting 2021
Best Poster Award
@Lund Stem Cell Center Retreat 2022

Academic Background

  • MSc in Molecular Biology, Lund University (Lund, Sweden)
  • BSc in Biological Sciences, University of Denver (Colorado, USA)