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"Excellence by Choice" Postdoctoral Programme in Life Science 2023

A new call for postdoctoral fellows is open in the frame of the "Excellence by Choice" Postdoctoral Prohramme for Life Science. The application deadline is 19 March 2023.

Umeå University is currently running the “Excellence by Choice” Postdoctoral Programme in Life Science research to train outstanding young researchers and stimulate cutting-edge research. As a collaboration between the two national Centres of Excellence – Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR) and Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC) – the programme aims to encourage new synergies in Life Science with a focus on molecular and translational research and to strengthen world-class research activities in Umeå. Patron for the programme is Nobel laureate Emmanuelle Charpentier, who discovered the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology during her time as a scientist and group leader in Umeå.

Learn more about the programme and how to apply:
You can also have a look at the job ad of the Programme, published in Nature Careers:

List of projects:

1. Chemo-optogenetic engineering of cellular metabolism for microbial chemical production
PIs: Yaowen Wu, Anita Sellstedt
2. The identification of essential enzymes and genes of resistance that regulate herbivore infections in plants
PIs: Peter Marhavy, Sandra Jämtgård
3. Elucidating the role of cuticle on epidermis morphogenesis
PIs: Stéphanie Robert, Stéphane Verger
4. Developing data-driven structural refinement of neutron reflectometry data to understand processes at biological membranes
PIs: Gerhard Gröbner, Magnus Andersson
5. The effects of horizontal gene transfer on cell decision making
PIs: Eric Libby, Peter Lind
6. Regulation of host cell epitranscriptome in Salmonella infection
PIs: Teresa Frisan, Francesca Aguilo
7. Linking molecular structure and function with ultrafast multidimensional spectroscopy
PIs: André Mateus, Nicolò Maccaferri
8. Structure-function characterisation of the plant COP9 signalosome multiprotein
PIs: Catherine Bellini, Karina Persson
9. Interactions between bacterial membrane vesicles and enteric viruses
PIs: Sun Nyunt Wai, Annasara Lenman
10. Role of mitochondrial dysfunction in host cell-autonomous immunity against Chlamydia
PIs: Barbara Sixt, Paulina Wanrooij
11. Mechanism of assembly at the tip of a Yersinia injectisome
PIs: Magnus Wolf-Watz, Matthew Francis
12. Illuminating the virological origin of type 1 diabetes
PIs: Anna Överby Wernstedt, Ulf Ahlgren
13. Across kingdoms exploration of evolutionarily conserved uncharacterized process essential for cell proliferation
PIs: Totte Niittylä, Bernt Eric Uhlin
14. Viral infections and pregnancy-related complications
PIs: Anne-Marie Fors Connolly, Sophia Harlid
15. Extracellular membrane vesicles from Gram-positive bacteria: biogenesis and host
PIs: Aftab Nadeem, Jan Oscarson
16. Detecting infections in elderly populations
PIs: Mattias Forsell, Anders Johansson
17. Pushing the resolution of intracellular co-localization by correlative fluorescence and electron microscopy
PIs: Linda Sandblad, Richard Lundmark
18. Mosquito-pathogen interactions at single cellular resolution
PIs: Oliver Billker, Magnus Evander
19. Mode-of-action of a novel anti-Cryptosporidium compound family
PIs: Christian Hedberg, Lars-Anders Carlson
20. Interaction circuits of epithelia and neutrophils during mucosal infection
PIs: Constantin Urban, Andrea Puhar


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.

Movie by Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (

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Emmanuelle Charpentier, Alumna at MIMS, Director of the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens, Berlin, Germany.

Link to the Emmanuelle Charpentier Lab

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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Emmanuelle Charpentier
about her research at MIMS

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