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Department of Molecular Biology

About the Department

The Department of Molecular Biology is unique, being affiliated to both the Faculty of Science and Technology and to the Faculty of Medicine. The department has a pronounced dynamic international profile with faculty, students and guest researchers from many different countries. Researchers work in modern laboratories with well-equipped common facilities to create a framework for a creative and highly interactive environment. Specific research interests of the independent groups are interconnected by a common interest in fundamental and translational research concerning the molecular mechanisms of both bacterial and eukaryotic systems.

Many of our research groups are affiliated with the interdisciplinary "Umeå Centre for Microbial Research" (UCMR) founded by our department. The department also hosts "Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS) – the Swedish node of "The Nordic-EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine". As the main driver of these centres of excellence and one of the largest departments at Umeå University, we provide undergraduate courses within Medical, Dental, Life Science, and Civil Engineer programs. For further information, please pursue the links below.




A bacterial toxin that acts as a mediator rather than a killer

Umeå researchers have discovered that bacterial toxins can act as modulators of the host immune response.

Discovery at Umeå University awarded 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Emmanuelle Charpentier has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.


The gut microbiota protects against viral infections by keeping the immune system alert
Published: 11 May, 2022

Researchers from Umeå, Stockholm and Gothenburg universities publish new findings in the journal Immunity.

MIMS Spotlight Series: Nóra meets Lana Jachmann
Published: 26 Apr, 2022

Lana Jachmann joined the Barabara Sixt lab and is now a PhD student. She moved to Umeå from Germany

Umeå chemist is awarded the Karl Freundenberg Prize
Published: 22 Apr, 2022

André Mateus' Nature article is awarded 10,000 euros, and the ceremony takes place in Heidelberg on 21 May.

MIMS Spotlight serial: Nóra meets Takahiro Ishizaki
Published: 30 Mar, 2022

Takahiro Ishizaki from Japan is postdoctoral fellow in the Ellen Bushell group at MIMS.