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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

Gabriel Torrens is one of the first with the Nobel laureate as a patron

The Excellence by Choice Postdoc programme is managed by UCMR and UPSC with Emmanuelle Charpentier as patron.

New findings of how cells turn independent and regulate functions

New thesis shows how cells regulate their protein level and adjust to the environment outside their organism.

Inactivated protein complex linked to Parkinson-like symptoms

New study shows inactivation of a particular protein complex gives shortage of essential neurotransmitters.

A new way to detect infection

The detection of physical forces produced by bacterial infection can initiate the immune response.

How to maintain gender equality through the sex chromosomes

Marie-Line Faucillion's research can be useful to better understand how sex chromosomes are regulated

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.


Studying the interplay between host cell and pathogen

Barbara Sixt wants to know how human cells can fight pathogenic bacteria.

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

Epigenetic regulation by Polycomb-Trithorax system: leaving the mark on histones and other proteins
Duration 1 January 2022 until 31 December 2025
Type of project Research project
Duplicating the genome
Duration 1 January 2022 until 31 December 2024
Type of project Research project
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
Checkpoint mechanisms that safeguard the mitochondrial genome and their role in cancer development
Duration 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2022
Type of project Research project
Chromatin dynamics in the gigantic genome of Norway spruce
Duration 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2023
Type of project Research project

Research groups

Ludmilla Morozova-Roche
Role of amyloid formation and neuroinflammation in neurodegenerative diseases.
Mattias Alenius
Our group is interested in the essential regulatory processes that control and maintain neuronal activity and which malfunction cause diseases like...
Nasim Sabouri
Maintenance of genome integrity by DNA helicases.
Oliver Billker Lab
The group investigates how malaria parasites reproduce in mosquitoes and get transmitted.
Paulina Wanrooij lab
Our group is interested in the causes and consequences of mtDNA instability.
Peter Lind Lab
Modelling to predict the evolution of biofilm mutants and antibiotic resistance in Pseudomonas bacteria
Richard Lundmark Lab
Membrane sculpting is fundamental for many cellular processes, and malfunction is implicated in many diseases.
Ronnie Berntsson Lab
The group studies structural biology of type 4 secretion systems.
Saskia Erttmann Lab
Insight into inflammatory diseases – understanding the molecular mechanisms during the onset and resolution of inflammation.
Silvia Remeseiro lab
We study long-range gene regulation and 3D organization of the glioblastoma genome.
Sjoerd Wanrooij lab
Molecular mechanism of DNA repair and replication in human mitochondria.
Stefan Björklund lab
The Mediator complex and its function in transcriptional regulation at the molecular level.
Sven Carlsson
SNX9-protein family: Structure and function in intracellular trafficking and autophagy.
Teresa Frisan Lab
We study the role of bacterial genotoxins in modulation of intestinal mucosa homeostasis.
Thomas Borén lab
Helicobacter pylori, Adhesion and Patho-Adaptation.