Nina Urke Ertesvåg with a PhD title

Nina Urke Ertesvåg with a PhD title

From left to right – Marc Vaudel, Laura Kakkola, Nina Urke Ertesvåg, Christopher Chiu and Oddvar Oppegaard

The Influenza Centre researcher – Nina Urke Ertesvåg successfully defended her PhD on October 23, 2023.
Nina, supervised by Professor Rebecca Cox, and co-supervisors – Associate Professor Kristin Greve-Isdahl Mohn and Doctor Mai-Chi Trieu wrote a PhD thesis on “Antibody responses after influenza and SARS-CoV-2 vaccination and infection: Lessons across the ages”.
The defence started with a trial lecture, where Nina presented the topic “How immunity changes over the course of life: implications for vaccine development”, followed by a discussion with the opponents:

  1. opponent: Professor Christopher Chiu, Imperial College London, UK
  2. opponent: Professor II Laura Kakkola, University of Turku, Finland.

The defence was led by associate professor Marc Vaudel. Nina did a great job explaining her research on antibody responses in different age groups after influenza A/H3N2 and SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccination, and engaging in an interesting discussion with the opponents.


Nina defending her thesis
New doctor with the Committee and supervisors