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
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
A clinic in Fourways, north of Johannesburg in South Africa, has recently been selected to take part in an international video-otoscopy project to benefit local underprivileged 2–16 year olds with ear problems. This cutting edge technology project was funded by two universities: the University of Pretoria and Umeå University, Sweden.
Searching for clues for new medicines
Molecular Biologist Anders Nordström is searching for clues among the smallest molecules in the body - metabolities - to produce new medicines to cure cancer and other diseases. In 2011, he was named as a Future Research Leader by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research.