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Infection biology

Infection biology is a research area that covers the pathways whereby these pathogens transmit between hosts, the mechanisms whereby pathogens (viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites) infect and colonise cells, tissues, and organs, and the mechanisms whereby pathoges 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.
The gut microbiota protects against viral infections by keeping the immune system alert

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

Umeå chemist is awarded the Karl Freundenberg Prize

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

MIMS Spotlight Series: Nóra meets Milica Milivojevic

She is a postdoc in Barbara Sixt Lab and studies interactions between host and pathogen in chlamydia bacteria.

Research about COVID-19

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

Now we want to expand

Postdoc in microbial ecology and environmental biotechnology, beneficial microbes in pollinating insects

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
Chemical Biology Consortium Sweden
CBCS coordinates, and makes available, a powerful and integrated platform for the discovery, development and utilization of small molecules and...
Computational Analytics Support Platform (CASP)
We aim to support researchers understand complex biological systems via the use of data-driven modelling tools
Flow cytometry enables simultaneously analysis of cell surface bound as well as intracellular proteins and RNA expression on a single cell basis. I...
This infrastructure is based on a number of spectrometers (360-850 MHz) and provides support for analysis of a wide variety of biological samples...
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
Public relations officer, other position, communications officer
Lena Åminne
Communications officer