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The MIMS Executive Board and Scientific Advisory Board

The MIMS Executive Board (2022-2025)

The Executive Board meets four times per year to consult with MIMS leadership and to advise on questions of strategy, governance and finance, and to approve the annual budget, as well as major budget awards.

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Chair: Carl-Henrik Heldin, Professor (Molecular Cell Biology), Uppsala University
Vice-Chair: Katrine Riklund, Pro-Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for research, Umeå University


  • Johan Trygg, Professor (Chemometrics), Umeå University
  • Gunilla Westergren-Thorsson, Professor (Lung Biology), Lunds University
  • Birgitta Henriques Normark, Professor (Medical Microbial Pathogenesis), Karolinska Institutet
  • Thomas Nyström, Professor (Molecular Biology), University of Gothenburg


Former Board Members:
Marianne Sommarin, Professor (Plant Biochemistry), former Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Umeå University
Elisabeth Haggård-Ljungquist, Professor (Genetics), Stockholm University
Kristina Luthman, Professor (Medicinal Chemistry), University of Gothenburg
Glenn Björk, Professor Emeritus, Department of Molecular Biology, Umeå University
Lars Björck, Professor (Experimental and Clinical Infection Medicine), Lund University

On the picture: members of the MIMS Executive Board (2022-2025). From left to right, first row: Katrine Riklund, Thomas Nyström, Carl-Henrik Heldin, Lars Björck, second row: Johan Trygg, Birgitta Henriques Normark and Gunilla Westergren-Thorsson.

The MIMS Scientific Advisory Board (2021-2023)
The Scientific Advisory Board is composed of international experts covering diverse aspects in infection medicine. It advises MIMS leadership on questions of strategy, governance, mentorship and research culture, evaluates MIMS formally against its missions and contributes to mid-term evaluations of group leaders.

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Chair: José R. Penadés, Imperial College London, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Infectious Disease, Director MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection
Expertise: Bacterial infections


  • Carmen Buchrieser, Institut Pasteur, Genomes and Genetics, Unit Biology, Head of “Biologie des Bacteries Intracellulaires”
    Expertise: Bacterial pathogens
  • Christine Clayton, Heidelberg University, Center for Molecular Biology (ZMBH), Professor and Research Group Leader
    Expertise: Eukaryotic pathogens
  • Zamin Iqbal, European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), Research Group Leader
    Expertise: Computational biology
  • Geoffrey L. Smith, University of Cambridge, Department of Pathology, Division of Microbiology, Head of Department
    Expertise: Viruses


On the picture: members of the MIMS Scientific Advisory Board. From left to right: (first row) Geoffrey L. Smith, Jose R. Panadés, Carmen Buchrieser, (second row) Christine Clayton, Zamin Iqbal. 

Emmanuelle Charpentier took the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Emmanuelle has been awarded jointly with Jennifer Doudna the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering the groundbreaking CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology. She is a former group leader at MIMS, honorary doctor at Umeå University and former visiting professor at UCMR.

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Battling antibiotic resistance

movie by Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, with participation of scientists from MIMS and UCMR:
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Research about infectious diseases:

Oliver Billker in movie of Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation:
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