Researcher Profiles

Being a researcher is a free and exciting profession. In the search for new knowledge researchers can embark on unknown and exciting areas, sometimes never studied before. In our researcher portraits some of Umeå University's scientists explain more about their work and discoveries.


“With CRISPR-Cas9, gene therapies may be developed for a large number of diseases with genetic causes for which there is currently no treatment or where treatment could be much more effective,” says Emmanuelle Charpentier – Visiting professor and group leader at Umeå University.
Foto: Hallbauer & Fioretti

Future genes

She has received a host of awards from research foundations and features on lists of the world’s most influential people. Umeå researcher Emmanuelle Charpentier’s discoveries are revolutionising genetic engineering. Possible results of her work include new treatments for a range of serious diseases.

“Mutations often occur on their own in nature, and are neither dangerous to people nor the environment. With modern genetic engineering, we can effectively cultivate both resistant and healthy crops.”, says Stefan Jansson – one of Europe’s leading plant scientists.
Photo: Elin Berge.

Paving the way for future crops

Five years ago, he decided to take on the debate. With roots in the forests of Ångermanland, researcher Stefan Jansson stands strong when the winds blow.

“I personally do not view the Holocaust as incomprehensible. I see it as my godgiven duty to all those who suffered to understand as best I can why they were made to suffer", says Lena Berggren – Teacher and senior lecturer in History at Umeå University.
Photo: Elin Berge.

Nothing is black or white

Lena Berggren, teacher and senior lecturer in history at Umeå University, is one of Sweden’s most knowledgeable experts on fascism and anti-Semitism. The driving force behind her research is trying to understand the dark forces that many view as inexplicable.

“An issue that affects all of us is how we can train the brain and what makes it possible for people to maintain their mental agility well into old age,” says Jessica Körning Ljungberg, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Umeå University.
Photo: Andreas Nilsson.

Thinking against dementia

It was once believed that the brain was not particularly malleable. Nowadays it is seen as a dynamic and responsive muscle that can be trained.

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