Björn Lillemeier

Associate Professor
NOMIS Center for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis
Waitt Advanced Biophotonics Center

Salk Institute for Biological Studies - News


Immune receptors amplify “invader” signals by turning into mini-machines

Salk Institute scientists discover how Immune receptors use a protein called ZAP70 to amplify “invader” signals and attack a biological intruder. Single molecule tracks of Zap70 overlaid with T cell …

Super-resolution microscopy reveals unprecedented detail of immune cells’ surface

LA JOLLA—When the body is fighting an invading pathogen, white blood cells—including T cells—must respond. Now, Salk Institute researchers have imaged how vital receptors on the surface of T cells …

Salk promotes four leading scientists in the fields of neuroscience, circadian rhythms and immunology

LA JOLLA–Four Salk Institute faculty members have been promoted after the latest round of faculty reviews determined they are scientific leaders who have made original, innovative and notable contributions to …

New insight into how the immune system sounds the alarm

LA JOLLA–T cells are the guardians of our bodies: they constantly search for harmful invaders and diseased cells, ready to swarm and kill off any threats. A better understanding of …

A rare feat: Two scientists at Salk score NIH New Innovator awards

LA JOLLA, CA—The Salk Institute announced today that researchers Björn Lillemeier, and Axel Nimmerjahn, have been named recipients of the prestigious 2012 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator …

Salk Institute celebrates Grand Opening of the Waitt Advanced Biophotonics Center

LA JOLLA, CA—The Waitt Advanced Biophotonics Center at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies officially opens on February 9, 2011 after quietly hiring two faculty members specializing in biophotonics—the science …

Salk recruits three top scientists in Immunobiology, Biophotonics and Neuroscience

LA JOLLA, CA—The Salk Institute for Biological Studies has recruited three assistant professors who exemplify the next generation of leading international scientists hired to forge new research territory and to …


Undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, Free University Berlin (Germany) and Cancer Research UK (formerly Imperial Cancer Research Fund, U.K.)
PhD, Biochemistry, Cancer Research UK (formerly Imperial Cancer Research Fund) and University College London (U.K.)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University (U.S.A.)

Awards & Honors

  • 2013 Helen McLoraine Developmental Chair
  • 2012 NIH Director's New Innovator Award
  • 2010 Rudolph and Sletten Developmental Chair
  • 2002 Human Frontier Science Program Fellowship
  • 1997 Böhringer Ingelheim Fonds Scholarship
  • 1996 Dr. Carl Duisberg Stiftung Scholarship