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MIMS Group Leaders

The independent MIMS Group Leaders are the centre of MIMS. The recruitment of young, talented international scientists is following the non-tenured EMBL Group Leader model. The MIMS Group Leaders and their laboratories are evaluated after five years by external reviewers. After a positive evaluation the funding of the MIMS Group Leaders will be prolongued for additional four years.

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Jonas Barandun

Department of Molecular Biology
Visualizing unique molecular machines important for the infection process - Organism specific elements in universally conserved assemblies

Ellen Bushell

Ellen Bushell

Department of Molecular Biology
Parasite-host interactions that govern malaria infection and disease

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Johan Henriksson

Department of Molecular Biology
T cell systems biology

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Andrea Puhar

Department of Molecular Biology 
Extracellular ATP – an endogenous danger signal and its role in intestinal infection and inflammation

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Björn Ole Schröder

Department of Molecular Biology
Gut microbiota and intestinal mucosal barrier function

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Barbara Susanne Sixt

Department of Molecular Biology
Cell-autonomous immunity – uncovering the pathogen-suppressed cellular defense pathways

MIMS Mentors and Affiliated Alumni MIMS Group Leaders

MIMS was established founded by faculty members within the Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR). The founding director professor Bernt Eric Uhlin and his colleagues and professors at the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Science and Technology act as mentors for the young group leaders.

Arnberg Niklas 4087 110823 MPN square    

Niklas Arnberg, Professor in Virology
Department of Clinical Microbiology
MIMS affiliated since 2008

Virus-host interactions - Adenoviridae and Picornaviridae families

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Sven Bergström, Senior Professor
Department of Molecular Biology

Pathogenesis, antigenic variation and genetic organization

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Oliver Billker, Professor in Biotechnology with an emphasis on Molecular Genetics
Department of Molecular Biology
Director of MIMS (since 1 October 2018)

Malaria parasite transmission and reproduction in mosquitoes

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Thomas Borén, Professor in Molecular Biology
Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics

Protein-carbohydrate interactions during health and disease - Helicobacter pylori

Felipe Cava, forskare vid. Molekylär Infektionsmedicin

Felipe Cava, Assistent Professor
Department of Molecular Biology

Understanding the structure and composition of bacterial cell walls – a database opens for new antibacterial strategies

Carlsson Lars Anders 8281 161213 MPN cr

Lars-Anders Carlson, Assistant Professor
Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics
Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine
MIMS affiliated since 2020

Structural and mechanistic studies of positive-sense RNA virus replication

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Andrei Chabes, Professor in Medical Chemistry
Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics
MIMS affilitated since 2008

dNTPs and maintenance of genome stability

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Emmanuelle Charpentier, Professor
Director of the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens, Berlin, Germany

MIMS Group leader 2008-2013
Visiting Professor 2014-2017
Patron of the MIMS Excellence by Choice Postdoctoral Programme

The science of pathogens

Gekara Nelson 1150 MPN

Nelson Gekara, Associate Professor at Stockholm University


Regulation of the innate immune reaction during infection – chronic inflammatory disease development

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Maria Fällman, Professor in Medical Microbiology
Department for Molecular Biology
Deputy Director of MIMS

Molecular mechanisms involved in bacterial persistence in host tissue

Vasili Hauryliuk, institutionen för molekylärbiologi, Umeå universitet

Vasili Hauryliuk, Researcher at Lund University


The molecular mechanisms of bacterial stringent response – adaptation of pathogens to environmental stress

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Åke Forsberg, Senior Professor
Department of Molecular Biology
Scientific Secretary of MIMS

Molecular mechanism of Type III secretion systems in Yersinia

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Jörgen Johansson, Professor in Molecular Biology
Department of Molecular Biology
MIMS Group leader 2009-2016

Stress regulatory mechanisms and RNA-mediated regulation in the bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogen

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Richard Lundmark, Professor

Department of Integrative Medical Biology
MIMS Group leader: 2010-2017

Director of the Biochemical Imaging Centre Umeå (BICU)

Mechanisms and dynamics of endocytic carrier formation during infection

 Uhlin Bernt Eric 5460 110517 MPN Square

Bernt Eric Uhlin, Senior Professor
Founding Director of MIMS and UCMR
Department of Molecular Biology

Bacterial virulence mechanisms of the opportunistic pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii and the versatile pathogen Escherichia coli

Constantin Urban 5399 110516 MPN square

Constantin Urban, Professor
Department of Clinical Microbiology
MIMS Group leader from 2009 - 2013

Defence mechanisms of the innate immune system – neutrophils and fungal infections; Candida and Aspergillus

Nyunt Wai Sun 8856 151127 MPN square

Sun Nyunt Wai, Professor in medical microbial pathogenesis
Department of Molecular Biology
Member of the National Steering Board, NDPIA

Roles of bacterial membrane vesicles and Vibrio cholerae type VI secretion system in host interactions and inter-bacterial virulence.

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Hans Wolf-Watz, Professor Emeritus
Department of Molecular Biology

Structure and Function of bacterial secretion systems (Type III) in Yersinia – innovative targets for new drugs

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Anna Överby Wernstedt, Associate Professor

Department of Clinical Microbiology


The innate immune defence mechanisms against tick borne encephalitis virus – restriction factors for new therapies

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