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Popular Science

It is important for Umeå University to make our exciting and diverse research available to the public. Therefore, we are focusing on a wide range of popular science activities.

You are welcome to read more about what our talented scientists are working on or visit any of our events.

Discoverer of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology
(Film length: 10 min)

Emmanuelle Charpentier is professor and group leader at the Department of Molecular Biology (within the Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden and Umeå Centre for Microbial Research).

She received the 2015 Louis-Jeantet Prize for medicine for her discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 mechanism in bacteria, which became a gene editing tool now used in research labs world wide.

Film courtesy of the Louis-Jeantet Foundation

Battling antibiotic resistance (Film length: 20 min)

Researchers throughout the world are working at a frenetic pace to win the war against antibiotic resistance. Without effective antibiotics or other ways of neutralizing or killing pathogenic bacteria, we face the risk of dying of common infections. Modern medical care, including cancer treatment, transplants and other surgery, is also entirely dependent on the availability of antibiotics that work.

Scientists at Umeå University are trying to neutralize bacteria in various ways and find new approaches, including:


Umeå University to lead prestigious EU-funded Zika research initiative

Umeå University to lead prestigious EU-funded Zika research initiative

Umeå University will host and coordinate the Zika Preparedness Latin American Network (ZikaPLAN), an unprecedented international consortium for Zika research. This EU-funded Horizon2020 project involves 25 institutions in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia - which, over a four-year period, will focus on addressing urgent research gaps on Zika. The main objective however is for the Zika outbreak response effort to grow into a sustainable Latin-American network for emerging infectious diseases research preparedness. Read more