Martin Kongsbak-Wismann

Martin Kongsbak-Wismann

Assistant professor

Martin Kongsbak-Wismann

Assistant Professor

PhD   |   MBA

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January 19th, 1987


Amerika Plads 30B, 3. 3., Copenhagen


+45 22350019 ;

Work and Education


Assistant Professor

T Cell Biology and Skin Inflammation Group, University of Copenhagen

  • Responsible for managing a sub-group of graduate and undergraduate students
  • Research projects are focusing on:
    • How the GLP-1 receptor (GLP-1R) expression and its functionality implicates T cell differentiation, and how vitamin D3 affects GLP-1R expression
    • How Th22 cells is implicated in the disease, atopic dermatitis (AD), and how Th22 differentiation is affected by engagement of the vitamin D receptor (VDR)
    • How a rare mutation in the VDR affects the immunological response both in vitro and in vivo 



T Cell Biology Group, University of Copenhagen


  • Providing daily laboratory supervision to graduate and undergraduate students
  • Granted research funding (€680.000) for the continuation of Master’s students’ projects into PhD projects 
  • Authored and co-authored 5 scientific articles and reviews published in international journals
  • Research focus on how the native or a mutated vitamin D receptor (VDR) affects the immunological response towards infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis 


Executive MBA


Technical University of Denmark


  • DTU’s executive MBA (Master in Management of Technology) programme focuses on Strategy, Financial Analytics, New Business Creation, and Innovation
  • Project leader on national and international projects for a variety of different companies such as an agricultural cooperative, pharmaceutical companies, a whole-sale fish supplier, and Danish Universities
  • Master’s thesis project on how “Precision Medicine” is affecting the pharmaceutical industry
  • Graduated with the highest grade point average in the class (11.7). Master’s project grade: 12


PhD in Molecular Immunology


T Cell Biology Group, University of Copenhagen


  • Authored and co-authored 8 scientific articles and reviews published in international journals
  • Research focus has been on how vitamin D3 affects activation of naïve CD4+ T cells


 University of Ulm, Germany

  • Worked on a project investigating the significance of vitamin D3-mediated CD38 upregulation in the course of HIV infection.
  • This project was a part of a self-established collaboration with the renowned professor, Frank Kirchhoff


 B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Molecular Biomedicine


University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Master of Excellence programme


  • Graduated with a grade point average, 10,8 out of 12
  • Obtained part of my Master degree from the University of Minnesota (course title: ‘Advanced Immunology’)
  • Published part of my Master thesis in the highly respected scientific journal, Nature Immunology
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s theses grades: 12




Vice Chairman of the Board, PACT


Volunteer-based organization focusing on Physical Activity after Cancer Treatment


  • Co-organizer and participant in events supported by PACT: IRONMAN Copenhagen, La Flamme Rouge Charity Cycling, TrædTil at Alpe d’Huez in collaboration with the Danish Cancer Society


Novo Scholarship Recipient and Science Ambassador, Novo Nordisk


Independent non-profit organization arranging engaging science experiences for the next generation


  • Awarded the Novo Nordisk Scholarship to allow full-time devotion to my Master project
  • Completed a course in adapting presentations to various audiences, allowing me to speak at several companies and organizations with the presentation: ‘Vitamin D and the immune system’




Jacob Kongsbak Lassen, Copenhagen


Family-owned, 134-year-old wholesale company in the fish-food industry

Executive assistant (Part time, ~15 hours pr. week)


  • Worked as assistant for the company director in the family-owned business. Learned through practical experiences the basic business structure and daily management of ~60 employees



Achievements and further information


Funding, Honours and Awards


  • Granted research funding (total of €680.000) for continuation of my Master’s students’ projects into PhD projects, LEO Foundation, 2016 and 2017
  • Granted research funding (€7.000) by the “A.P. Møller Foundation”, 2016
  • Awarded Novo Nordic Scholarship (€10.000) for an excellent masters project, 2011
  • 1st prize for best presentation at Novo Nordisk Scholarship presentation competition, 2011
  • Chosen in a competition to attend “FEBS advanced lecture course” in Croatia, 2013
  • 1st prize for best presentation at the annual symposium for all Molecular Biomedicine students, 2011
  • Awarded 8 grants for conference participation (USA, Germany, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Estonia, Sweden)




Further information and language


  • Interests: Travelling, cooking, running, cycling, triathlon, golf, wine tasting, PADI diver
  • Studied in: Denmark, Germany, USA
  • Danish (native), English (fluent) and German (basic)






Assistant Professor

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