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Department of Molecular Biology

Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Marianne Rasmuson on her 100th Birthday

On October 2, 2021, current and former colleagues at the Department of Molecular Biology (and departments that have merged with them) congratulate Professor Emeritus Marianne Rasmuson on her 100th birthday. Professor Rasmuson is still active in her field, which is genetics. She was appointed professor at the current Faculty of Science and Technology in 1979 and she has been a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences since 1980. Professor Rasmuson is a fantastic role model for us as subject specialists. She has proved that it is possible to remain curious and keep one’s interest in a scientific field alive throughout a long life, and to keep contributing new knowledge and insights to society, even after one’s formal employment has ended. As an example of this, we now have the opportunity to enjoy a new essay on the history of genetics. We wish Marianne a particularly happy birthday and continued good health.

Genetics: a hundred years of inheritance research, by Professor Marianne Rasmuson

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

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Discovery at Umeå University awarded 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

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MIMS highlights World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2021
Published: 18 Nov, 2021

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Emmanuelle Charpentier mentor for research venture in Umeå
Published: 20 Oct, 2021

Umeå University stimulates cutting-edge research with a new program which has Nobel Prize laureate as mentor.

MIMS Spotlight Series: Nóra meets post doctor Barbara Forró
Published: 30 Sep, 2021

Barbaras goal was to work with bioinformatics, programing, sequence data analyses.

AI-council of the Medical faculty invites to AI-Day September 10!
Published: 30 Aug, 2021

The AI-council works in order to strengthen the faculty before a future when AI will play a crucial role.