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Antimicrobial resistance

Umeå University has a long tradition of research within the field of antimicrobial resistance including basic research that aims to understand the virulence mechanisms of microorganisms and the interaction between the host and microorganisms. More applied research is also conducted that seeks new solutions to combat the problem, for example through the development of new molecules that are effective against resistant bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.

Antimicrobial resistance is a global public health problem that is increasing at an alarming rate. Today, about 700,000 people worldwide die each year due to infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. If nothing is done, 10 million people are at risk of dying from infections caused by resistant microorganisms by 2050.

Today's healthcare is completely dependent on effective antimicrobial agents, for example in connection with cancer treatment, operations and transplants. If resistance development is not slowed down, previously harmless infections or simple surgical procedures risk a fatal outcome in the future.


The aim is to develop new antibiotics

Felipe Cava wants to learn more about the small and complex microbes.

Research groups

Irfan Ahmad Lab
Our aim is to illustrate molecular mechanisms by which bacteria acquire tolerance to commonly used antibiotics.
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Laura Carroll Lab
We develop and utilize bioinformatic approaches to monitor and combat the spread of bacterial pathogens.
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Johan Trygg - Chemometrics Lab
Advanced data analytics in life science is becoming a core element in modern data driven life science research. Our research focus on data from...
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Natuschka Lee lab
Our lab conducts research into relevant microbes for our environment and health.
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Johan Normark lab
Our research is about host immunological and metabolomic responses to acute infections and vaccination.
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Fredrik Almqvist Lab
Our group focus on method development in organic synthesis and design and synthesis of molecules to be used for treatment of infectious and...
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Åsa Gylfe Lab
We research about novel antibacterial strategies for treatment of Chlamydia.
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Niklas Arnberg Lab
The overall purpose of our research is to identify molecules and mechanisms that viruses need to bind to and enter host cells. This is of importanc...
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Felipe Cava Group
Bacterial cell wall composition and its contribution to long-standing and emerging infectious diseases.
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Jörgen Johansson Lab
Our group study stress regulatory mechanisms and RNA-mediated regulation in the bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogen.
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Bernt Eric Uhlin Lab
Bacterial fitness mechanisms of the versatile pathogenic variants of Escherichia coli and the emerging opportunistic pathogen Acinetobacter...
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Ignacio Mir-Sanchis Lab
Our group studies antimicrobial resistance - phage therapy.
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Magnus Evander Lab
We study viruses that are transmitted from animals or mosquitoes. Also, we develop antiviral drugs.
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Ronnie Berntsson Lab
The group studies structural biology of type 4 secretion systems.
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Jürgen Schleucher Lab
We have a biophysical approach to study both proteins and nucleic acids and tree rings in relation to climate change.
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