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Welcome Anna Överby Wernstedt as the next MIMS Deputy Director

Written by Nóra Lehotai. Photo: Anna Överby Wernstedt. Credit: Mattias Petterson.

 

From January 2022, Anna Överby Wernstedt is the new Deputy Director of MIMS, taking over this role from Prof. Maria Fällman.

AÖ“I am very much looking forward to being more involved and helping both the existing MIMS groups, its leadership, but also the new group leaders grow”-says Anna. “I know from my own personal experience that coming to Umeå as a new group leader, not knowing anyone and not knowing what it takes to be a group leader, is a jungle one can get lost in. I would like to be there for them to help.” 

 

 Anna Överby Wernstedt joined MIMS initially as one of the junior MIMS group leaders recruited according to the EMBL model. At the end of her term, she took a position at the Department of Clinical Microbiology as associate professor in virology. Her research is focusing on different aspects of tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) to identify molecular pathways that determine how tick-borne encephalitis infects the host and spread through the brain.

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The Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine highlights Linda Sandblad in its "Technologies Advancing Molecular Medicine” series

Meet Linda Sandblad: Urging research to drive research infrastructure

Original article by Gretchen Repasky. Photo credit: Mattias Petterson.

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The “Technologies Advancing Molecular Medicine” series highlights the people and activities in research technologies and core facilities in the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine. In this article, we meet MIMS Team Leader, Linda Sandblad (featured on the picture), and learn about the world-class cryo-EM facility she and her team have developed at Umeå University.

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MIMS Spotlight Series: Meet Sophia Hernandez

Written by Nóra Lehotai and Sophia Hernandez.

In this episode of the MIMS Spotlight Series, I chatted with Sophia Hernandez. Sophia was born in the Philippines where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and has been traveling around the world gaining research experience in different labs in the USA, UK, Switzerland and Sweden. Her parents have both scientific background while her brother took interest in business. Sophia joined MIMS in August 2020 as a new member of the Bushell lab.

 

Can you tell us about your role at MIMS, what are you working on now? 

SH 1I am a PhD student in Ellen Bushell’s lab. I formally started my PhD in February 2021. I am working on developing gene knock-down tools to study the malaria parasite. Knocking out essential genes result in the Plasmodium parasite’s death which makes it difficult to study these genes. For my project I am trying to develop a scalable conditional system so we can chose when to remove the gene.

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MIMS highlights World AIDS Day 2021

Written by Nóra Lehotai.

who social 06 enDecember 1 is World AIDS Day. This day is the first ever global health day, remembered since 1988. This year’s motto by the WHO is “End inequalities. End AIDS.”

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. Two species of lentiviruses, belonging to the retrovirus virus family, infect humans, and with time, if left untreated, can cause acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS. HIV infection is one of the major global health issues, with an estimate of 37.7 million people living with it. It is also a disproportionately distributing infection as more than two thirds of the infections are located in the African continent. There is no antiviral drug available to cure HIV infection.

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Antibiotic resistance is a complex global problem - interview with Nabil Karah, physician and researcher 

In the frame of MIMS highlights World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2021 

Text written by Nóra Lehotai and Nabil Karah.

Nabil Karah Portrait by Nabil KarahNabil Karah is not only a physician and researcher, but also senior project advisor at the Norwegian Aid Committee (NORWAC, https://www.norwac.no/), residing in Oslo, Norway.In his connection with Umeå University, he is associated with Prof. Bernt Erik at the Department of Molecular Biology.

 

 

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Important toxin helps the cholera bacterium to survive

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Infection researchers at Umeå University have discovered that the cholera bacterium can produce a toxin that is considered particularly important for the bacterium in its natural environments and for survival in competition with other organisms. Knowledge of the toxin means that there is another tool that can be used in the fight against cholera and similar diseases. The study is published in PNAS.

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MIMS Spotlight Series Extra: Meet Karsten Meier

In the frame of MIMS highlights World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2021

 

Text written by Nóra Lehotai and Karsten Meier.

Sixt lab 0163 210120 MPN croppedThis extra episode of the MIMS Spotlight Series is part of "MIMS highlights World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2021" article series. Karsten joined MIMS in November 2018 to start his PhD studies here. He has German nationality and has been living in Germany, Switzerland and Sweden. His three brothers and parents are constantly cheering for him during running competitions and when he is not in the lab or out running, you can trust him with your pets, he will take good care of them.

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Antivirals and the lack of them- interview with Niklas Arnberg, virologist

In the frame of MIMS highlights World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2021

Text written by Nóra Lehotai and Niklas Arnberg.

 

Niklas Arnberg Portrait by Mattias PettersonNiklas Arnberg is Professor of virology at the Department of Clinical Microbiology at Umeå University, Senior PI at MIMS and Chairman of the Virus and Pandemic Foundation (Pandemifonden). He is enthusiastic about the unique research environment in Umeå, a special island within academia, created by researchers from MIMS, UCMR, all life science departments at Umeå University, Region Västerbotten and Biobank Norr. He would like to encourage everyone to talk to each other, collaborate and discover foremost new antivirals together.

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Initiating a Swedish research network to fill the knowledge gap on Gram-negative drug resistant bacteria - interview with Irfan Ahmad, network coordinator

In the frame of MIMS highlights World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2021

Text written by Nóra Lehotai and Irfan Ahmad.

 

Irfan Ahmad by Ann Kathrin SchlotterbeckIrfan Ahmad is the project leader of a Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) funded research network. The aim of the project is to connect different academic researchers working on antimicrobial systems at Umeå University and at Karolinska Institute. The network is studying the signalling pathways of bacteria, which can contribute to their intrinsic and adaptive drug resistance. They would like to bridge the knowledge gap in adaptive drug resistance and fitness properties of Gram-negative bacteria. In his role, he works as a visiting associate professor at the Department of Molecular Biology at Umeå University, associated with Prof. Bernt Erik Uhlin, the founding director of MIMS.

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World Antimicrobial Awareness Week-MIMS Spotlight Series: Meet Magnus Ölander

Text written by Nóra Lehotai and Magnus Ölander. Picture credits go to Magnus Ölander.

This episode of the MIMS Spotlight Series is part of "MIMS highlights World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2021" article series. Magnus has Swedish nationality, lives with his wife and two sons in Umeå, has lived only in Sweden so far and he joined MIMS in October 2019 to work with MIMS group leader Barbara Sixt.

Can you tell us about your role at MIMS, what are you working on now?

Magnus Ölander Portrait by Magnus ÖlanderI have been a postdoc in the Sixt lab for a couple of years now. I am working on a drug discovery project to find new compounds that can combat infection by Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia trachomatis is an obligate intracellular bacterium affecting a lot of people, resulting in more than 100 million cases per year globally. It is very common in Sweden as well, especially among young people since it causes a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It can be quite easily treated, but usually with broad-spectrum antibiotics. These antibiotics kill everything in an uncontrollable way, meaning that they wipe out the normal microbiota in our intestine. The microbiota recovers after a while, but it doesn't necessarily grow back in the same way it was before. We also don't really know the downstream effects of harming the microbiota. Another problem is that antibiotic treatment against C. trachomatis can increase the pressure for resistance development in other pathogenic bacteria that happen to be present.

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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:
Or watch the original movie on:
https://kaw.wallenberg.org/

Research about infectious diseases:

Oliver Billker in movie of Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation:
Or watch the original movie on:
https://kaw.wallenberg.org/

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