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Departmental Staff

Head of Department


Aftab Nadeem

Research fellow at the Department of Molecular Biology investigating the role of bacterial pore-forming toxins in the pathogenesis of the host.

Albina Waithaka

Albina's research interest is in post-transcriptional gene regulation and is currently a postdoc at the Oliver Billker lab.

Alexander Glotov
Alexandra Berg
Andrea Puhar
Anna Fahlgren
Anna Gharibyan

Study counsellor for Bachelor's Programme in Life Science and Master's Programme in Molecular Biology (studycounsellor.molbiol@umu.se)

Annika Berglund
Annika Gärden
Anton Tjulin
Aparna Biswas

I am doing PhD in molecular biology and PhD thesis is focused on predicting experimental evolution of biofilm mutants for different Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains. 

Barbara Sixt

My research focuses on cell-autonomous immunity and bacterial evasion strategies

Barbro Nylén
Björn Schröder

My research focuses on the interaction between diet, gut microbiota and mucosal barrier function.

Carlos Hernandez Ortego

PhD in Andrea Puhar’s research group.

Changchun Chen
Christopher Karlsson
Daniel Rea Vázquez
Debra L Milton

I am the national director for the National Doctoral Programme in Infections and Antibiotics, NDPIA, and I am a group leader studying infection biology at the Department of Molecular Biology.

Devi Prasad
Divya Das
Dominik Fischer
Duarte João Neves Guerreiro

Postdoctoral fellow in Jörgen Johansson's group. Duarte investigates structural changes of RNA and the impact on the regulation of virulence in Staphylococcus aureus.


Eirini Antoniou
Ellen Bushell

MiMS group leader and malaria researcher interested in parasite-host interactions.

Emil Bayat
Emilia Johansson
Emilio Bueno

I study adaptations of pathogenic bacteria to adverse environments.

I am Manager of Umeå Hypoxic Research Facility, UHRF.

Eric Toh

I am Senior Research Assistant in Sun Nyunt Wai’s research group. My research focuses on molecular mechanisms of bacteria-host interactions.

Fabiola Puertolas Balint

Pharmacist, currently working as a PhD student in PI Björn Schröder´s research group.

Fariba Mansourizadeh

Postdoctor in Lena Svensson’s group. Her research focuses on immune cell function mechanisms and how LFA-1 are reorganized and reused in fast moving cells like leukocytes.


Felipe Cava

I am a group leader at MIMS and researching the cell walls of bacteria.

I am Director of Umeå Hypoxic Research Facility, UHRF.

Francesca Aguilo

My research is about RNA-based gene regulation of cell fate and breast cancer.

Ganeshwari Dhurve

Postdoc in Maria Fällman's research group.

Focus on understanding of the molecular mechanism behind the translational reprogramming occurring upon virulence induction in Yersinia pseudotuberculosis.

Gunn Hedman-Borg
Gözde Türköz

Postdoc in Barabara Sixt’s group. Gözde investigates and characterizes the factors and pathways that are important for the interaction of Chlamydia trachomatis with its host cells.

Hanna Eriksson
Henrik Lindehell
Inés Hernandez Crego
Ingela Nilsson
Ionut Sebastian Mihai

I am a phD student at the industrial Doctoral School.

Jan Larsson

I am a professor of genetics and my research is focused on understanding the meaning and function of chromosomes to organize the genome and to make it function properly.

Jenny Persson

Our study is focused on studying cancer metastasis and developing targeted drugs. 

Johan Henriksson

I am a researcher in T-cell biology and development of new methods (bioinformatics algorithms and wet lab protocols), with special emphasis on immunotherapy and CAR T cells.

Johan Holmberg

Our research is focused on neuroblastoma, a form of cancer that predominantly affects young children.

Johanna Urzúa
Jyoti Mohan Gurung

I am a post-doctoral fellow in the group of Matthew S Francis. My research is focused on understanding the assembly mechanisms of the type III secretion system (T3SS).

Katharina Wulff

Katharina Wulff studies the physiological mechanisms of mammalian timing behaviour from infancy to adulthood and the way in which biological clocks exploit daylight to entrain to the environment. 

Kemal Avican

Director of the µNiSCH research infrastructure.

Kiana Farhanchi
Kristina Nilsson
Lana Jachmann

PhD student in the Barbara Sixt group at the Department of Molecular Biology and MIMS.

Lars Nilsson
Laura Alvarez
Lena Svensson
Leon Jona Schierholz

PhD Student in Molecular Biology with a focus on structural and biochemical principles for enzymatic adaptation. Shared PhD in the groups of Magnus Wolf-Watz and Andre Mateus.

Lewis Murugu

I am a PhD student in Lena Svensson's research group. My primary focus lies in unravelling the intricate molecular dynamics of LFA-1 signaling, transport, and surface re-expression in T lymphocytes.

Leyden Fernández

Leyden is bioinformatician and postdoc in Maria Fällman's group. Her research focuses on deciphering adaptation strategies in pathogenic bacteria aiming to identifying novel antimicrobial targets.

Lieke van Den Bos
Lina Helgesson
Linas Mazutis
Lingyu Li

Lingyu Li is working as a postdoctoral fellow in the group Sun Nyunt Wai and group Saskia Erttmann.

Louise Lindbäck
Lovisa Lidén
Lucia Perez Jimenez

PhD student in André Mateus lab since September 2022. Focused on identifying protein function and drug targets in gut microbiome species using functional proteomics and structural approaches.

Lukas Kenner
Marek Wilczynski
Maria Fällman

Our research aims at understanding molecular mechanisms behind the ability of bacteria to adapt to different environments.

Maria Ivanova
Maria Kim
Maria Lopez Chiloeches

I am a postdoc in molecular biology working on host-pathogen interaction.

Maria Westling
Mariam Amin
Marta Nieckarz

Marta Nieckarz is a postdoctor in Felipe Cava's group focusing on cell wall biology and environmental adaptation strategies of pathogens capable of residing inside eukaryotic cells.

Martina Casarini
Martuza Sarwar
Matthew Francis

Research: Understanding the physiology and pathogenesis of bacteria

Education: Director of undergraduate education at the Department of Molecular Biology

Michael Gilmore
Mostafa Basiony
Natarsha Bates

(she/they) Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Design and Molecular Biology at Umeå Institute of Design, Department of Molecular Biology & Um...Arts


Nattawan Suwannakul
Nina Norgren
Nora Lehotai

Communications officer and project coordinator for at The Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden, MIMS, and communications officer for the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine. 

Oliver Billker

My research is about genome scale approaches to understand the biology of malaria parasites and how they interact with the mosquitoes that transmit them.

Oytun Sarigöz
Palwasha Baryalai

I am a PhD student in the Sun Nyunt Wai group. My research focuses on understanding the role of outer membrane vesicle-associated proteases in bacterial pathogenesis.


Paula Petronela Groza

PhD student focusing on how gene expression is regulated by alternative splicing and RNA modifications. 

Peter Lind

Forecasting experimental evolution of biofilm formation and antibiotic resistance

Rachel Feeney

PhD student in Björn Schröder's research group

Raiyan Ibrahim
Ronan Connor
Ryo Morimoto
Sandhya Malla
Sandra Holmberg

Sandra is a PhD student in Björn Schröder's research group.

Saskia Erttmann

Assistant professor

Focus: Researches on molecular mechanisms during the microbial-driven onset and resolution of inflammation.

Sonja Viljamaa

Project coordinator at The Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS)

Sophia Hernandez
Sophie Tronnet

Postdoc in Andrea Puhar’s group. Her research interests focus on molecular biology, library screening and metabolomics.

Subhamita Maitra
Sun Nyunt Wai

Sun Nyunt Wai is Professor of Medical Microbial Pathogenesis and conducts research on the properties of pathogenic bacteria at the molecular level.

Supapit Wongkuna

I am a postdoctoral researcher in Björn O. Schröder group with a focus on gut microbiota and intestinal mucosal barrier function.

Sussan Castro Vivanco
Tatiana Kan
Teresa Frisan

Teresa Frisan, PhD, is Professor in Cell and Molecular Biology at Umeå University, actively involved in research and in teaching within the frame of undergraduate programs.

Teresa Tiensuu
Thorey Jonsdottir

Thorey is a postdoc in the Ellen Bushell lab. She studies the asexual blood stage of the rodent malaria parasite Plasmodium berghei and new techniques for gene modification.

Ulf Persson
Ummehan Avican

I am a staff scientist in Maria Fällman's group working on in vivo transcriptomics of Salmonella Typhimurium.

Verena Kohler

Assistant professor in Molecular Biology

Vicky Shingler

I am full professor and studying environmental signal sensing and integration.

Victor Pinedo
Victoria Rackow
Vikash Pandey
Viktor Skog
Viktoria Vedin
Yngve Östberg
Yuri Schwartz
Zhuang Zhu
Latest update: 2020-10-02