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Infection biology

Infection biology is a research area that covers the pathways whereby pathogens (viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites) transmit between hosts, the mechanisms whereby these pathogens infect and colonise cells, tissues, and organs, and the mechanisms whereby pathogens cause disease in humans, animals and plants. The area also covers research performed with the intention to develop novel treatments, vaccines, and to tackle the problems with drug resistance.

Areas within infection biology

Under each area, we list all active research leaders and their groups.

New antibacterial substances are being identified that can impair bacterial pathogenicity.


Virology in Umeå is concerned with every aspect of viruses.


Parasites are a broad group of organisms that cause everything from deadly diseases to harmless diseases.


Inefficient diagnostics and therapeutics with toxic side effects urge us to develop better antifungal drugs.

Immunology, inflammation and vaccines

The applied research focuses on the development of drugs against viral infections and vaccine research.

Antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance is a global public health problem that is increasing at an alarming rate.


Here, news about the university's infection researchers are listed.
En man i halvfigur med experimentutrustning i bakgrunden.
New way to study how proteins move

Breakthrough in research enables more experiments than ever before on vital processes inside cells.

Niklas Arnberg, Emma Thomson och Göran Wadell
Virus expert spreads knowledge at the university

The UCMR community welcomed professor Emma Thomson to a summer warm Umeå for networking and talk.

Pokal som står på en vit yta
Trio of virus researchers receive award for utilisation

A clinician, a preclinician, and a biomedical analyst demonstrate successful COVID-19 research.

Research about COVID-19

COVID-19 research is a priority and urgent at Umeå University.

Research infrastructure

Biochemical Imaging Centre Umeå (BICU)
BICU is an interdisciplinary facility providing state-of-the-art imaging technology with affinity measurements
Research area: Cancer, Infection biology
BioMolecular Characterization Umeå
BMCU is an interdisciplinary facility that provides state-of-the-art technology to characterize biomolecules.
Chemical Biology Consortium Sweden
CBCS Umeå node enables screening and development of bioactive small molecules in all areas of life science
Computational Analytics Support Platform (CASP)
We aim to support researchers understand complex biological systems via the use of data-driven modelling tools
Analysis of cell surface bound as well as intracellular proteins and RNA expression with flow cytometry.
Five different spectrometers (360-850 MHz) and provides support for a variety of scientific questions.
Protein Expertise Platform (PEP)
PEP offers services and expert advice in bioinformatics, cloning, growth optimisation and protein purification
Swedish Metabolomics Centre Umeå
SMC is specialized on use of MS-based methods for the analysis of metabolites in different biological systems
Research area: Infection biology
Umeå Centre for Comparative Biology (UCCB)
Biomedical research on experimental animals at Umeå University is organized within Umeå Centre for Comparative Biology (UCCB).
Umeå Centre for Electron Microscopy (UCEM)
UCEM is a joint resource for research and higher education in electron microscopy techniques.
Umeå Hypoxia Research Facility
UHRF is a facility at the Molecular Biology Department for performing experiments under hypoxic conditions
Research area: Cancer, Infection biology

For more information about infection biology research at Umeå University, please contact:

Ingrid Söderbergh
Research coordinator
Lena Åminne
Communications officer