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Department of Molecular Biology

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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.

Research

Education

Mentions

Honorary award from the Royal Court to Umeå professor

Professor Bernt Eric Uhlin receives a medal for contributions to the development of microbiological research.

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.

News

Model how a microbe can tell a friend from a foe
Published: 2024-05-16

'Can microbes distinguish friend from foe?' only DDLS funded PhD project at UMU in recent call.

Novel chemical tool for understanding membrane remodelling in the cell
Published: 2024-05-03

PNAS study makes a good "case" for using small molecules as chemical tools to understand complex biology.

Life’s insiders: Decoding endosymbiosis with mathematics
Published: 2024-05-02

Mathematical modelling advances research in endosymbiosis, according to a research group in Umeå.

Key bacterium discovered – maintains the protective intestinal mucus barrier
Published: 2024-04-29

Dietary fibre is vital for our intestinal flora, where the bacteria Blautia is important to the mucus barrier.