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Molecular biology and genetics

Molecular biology is the study of biomolecules (e.g. DNA, RNA, proteins and metabolites) and control of their dynamic interactions within cells. It interfaces extensively with genetics concerned with the mechanisms of inheritance and evolution. Molecular biology and genetics, alongside bioinformatics, underscore modern approaches in cell and developmental biology, infection and immunology, as well as functional interpretation of structural data and regulatory networks underlying system biology.

Latest news

Forestry has little impact on the genetic diversity of the spruce

Genetic variation in spruce does not differ significantly between cultivated and old forest in Västerbotten.

A new way to uncover targets for future antibiotics

Maria Fällman and Kemal Avican made their idea into a interdisciplinary project together with Icelab.

Four questions to researcher Ellen Bushell - new Swedish Young Academy member

Ellen tells us about how one becomes a member of the Swedish Young Academy and how she plans to use her time.

“This will shine a light on Umeå University”

The Nobel Prize will help Umeå to attract new young research fellows with exciting ideas.

Evolutionary legacy of a keystone tibetan conifer tree

The prestigious journal New Phytologist selects the study led by researcher Xiao-Ru Wang as its cover story.

Novel insights of how prostate cancer causes secondary tumors

Awareness of how prostate cancer cells become mobile and spread may provide opportunities for treatment.

Mosquito immune system mapped to help fight malaria

The results give possibilities to find ways to prevent mosquitoes from spreading malaria parasite to humans.

Prestigious postdoctoral fellowships for malaria research in Umeå

Mirjam Hunziker will study how malaria parasites switch to sexual reproduction.

Studies factors that ensure cellular protein production

In his thesis, Fu Xu contributes to new knowledge about the factors that modulate tRNA-biogenesis.

Ellen will find targets for a malaria vaccine

Wallenberg Academy Fellow Ellen Bushell will map the ways a variant of the malaria infects.

Umeå researchers in scientific breakthrough for malaria research

Research team publishes in Cell seven metabolic pathsways that the malaria parasite to infect the liver.

Targeted Gene Modification in Animal Pathogenic Chlamydia

MIMS researchers for the first time performed targeted gene mutation in the zoonotic pathogen Chlamydia.


Charpentier: "I really miss the atmosphere at Umeå University"

Words of praise, memories and laughter. Celebrating Umeå's first Nobel laureate via a live web link.

Chasing unusual bacterial toxins

Professor Teresa Frisan is researching how so-called genotoxins affect mammalian cells.

Genetic technology for the future

CRISPR-Cas9: Emmanuelle Charpentier's breakthroughs.

The biomedicine student who got on the plane to Umeå

"The course starts tomorrow!" Henry Bwanika just got on the plane to Umeå to start his student life.

Research projects

Establishment of Photosynthesis, a Tale of Two Genomes
Duration 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2024
Type of project Research project
Chromosomal Gene Regulatory Systems and Chromosome-Specific Adaptations
Duration 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2024
Type of project Research project
"To live and let die"
Duration 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2023
Type of project Research project

Research groups

Anders Hofer
Nucleotide biosynthesis in the parasite Trypanosoma brucei.
Anders Olofsson
Amyloid Fibrils and Cytotoxic Oligomers.
Andrei Chabes Lab
dNTPs and maintenance of genome stability.
Anna Arnqvist Lab
We study mechanisms for stochastic and tightly controlled regulation of Helicobacter pylori adhesins.
Danielson/Backman Laboratory
Lab of Professor Patrik Danielson and Associate Professor Ludvig Backman and co-workers.
David Cisneros Lab
Molecular biology of human bacterial symbionts.
Erik Johansson
DNA polymerase.
Ignacio Mir-Sanchis Lab
Our group studies antimicrobial resistance - phage therapy.
Jan Larssons forskargrupp är intresserad av kromosomövergripande genregleringsmekanismer.
Jan Larsson's research group is interested in chromosome-wide gene regulatory mechanisms.
Johan Henriksson Lab
Our group aims at integrating all regulatory mechanisms about T cells in a single predictive model
Jürgen Schleucher Lab
A biophysical approach to study climate change.
Lars Thelander
Professor Emeritus.
Lars-Anders Carlson Lab
Our group studies structure and mechanism of viral replication complexes.
Linda Sandblad
use electron microscopy methods to study cytoskeleton structure, assembly and spatial organization in cells and bacteria
Ludmilla Morozova-Roche
Role of amyloid formation and neuroinflammation in neurodegenerative diseases.