Infection biology

Infection biology research at Umeå University has received international attention for many years. The research focuses on microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites, and their molecular infection mechanisms – microbial pathogenesis and virulence.

The hope is that the results from the basic research will lead to the development of new vaccines and agents against microorganisms.

Unique environment

Umeå Centre for Microbial Research, UCMR, is a research environment based on a consortium of researchers with common interests within infection biology. The researchers represent a broad range of natural science and biomedical research disciplines. The links to chemistry and chemical biology are very strong and offer a unique environment for the development of new strategies against infectious diseases.

UCMR and Umeå University are hosts to MIMS, The Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden, a new research unit established with support from the Swedish Research Council. Many young internationally recruited group leaders can be found among the research groups at MIMS. The aim of this new initiative is to strengthen Swedish research and increase the dynamics in the area of molecular medicine through, inter alia, methods to promote career opportunities for young researchers.

Swedish node

MIMS, which emphasises molecular infection medicine, is the Swedish’s node in the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine which was established together with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the new nodes for molecular medicine in Helsinki (FIMM, Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland) and in Oslo (NCMM, Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway).

Articles and press releases

Articles and press releases from last year about infection research.


About Strong Research Environments 2011–2015

In 2010 Umeå University designated 14 strong research environments of high international quality, which was given special support during the period 2011–2015. This initiative will be evaluated shortly.

Advancement of Research Leaders

Anna Överby Wernstedt is one of the researchers that have been awarded an individual grant for the Advancement of Research Leaders (FFL) by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research.

Her research studies Flavivirus, in particular tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV).

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Research Projects

Umeå University engages in research in many disciplines.

Search our database of ongoing research projects