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Arctic worming?

2018-02-16
In North America, the spread of European earthworms is a known environmental issue as it has turned out that some of these species are capable of altering entire forest ecosystems. In Sweden, we have so far had a positive approach to earthworms and no policies have been put in place to limit the spr...

Increases the knowledge of pollutants from small sewage treatment plants

2018-02-12
Kristin Blum's dissertation improves the state of knowledge about how organic pollutants can be separated in small sewage treatment plants, if the organic pollutants lead to environmental impact and how existing small sewage treatment plants can be equipped with biocoal filters to improve the degree...

Two Nordic foundations support a network in a Nobel Prize–winning technology

2018-01-23
A new Swedish-Danish research alliance wants to advance understanding of how biological molecules look and behave. With support from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and the Novo Nordisk Foundation, scientists at four universities in Sweden and Denmark will join forces to create a Nordic net...

CryoNet a new cryo-EM network in Sweden and Danmark

2018-01-23
CryoNet, a new partnership within cryo-Electron Microscopy will bring together scientists at four Universities in Sweden and Danmark. At Umeå University, it will be researchers connected to the cryo-EM facility at KBC, who participate in the network funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation...

When a seedling turns green: Scientists at UPSC have identified the link between light and chloroplast development

2018-01-11
It has long been assumed that light activates chloroplastic gene expression via so-called thiol-mediated redox regulation. However, the mechanism giving rise to this regulation has remained elusive until now. Åsa Strand and her group at the Umeå Plant Science Centre have now identified the component...

Enthusiastic Nobel Prize winner visited Umeå University on Lucia Day

2017-12-19
One of this year's Nobel Prize winners in Chemistry, Jacques Dubochet, arrived by train (for environmental reasons!) in Umeå on Lucia morning to visit Umeå University. In addition to holding a lecture on his revolutionary research, he met with the media, research colleagues and answered questions fr...

Tenure track positions in Infection biology and Cancer research at WCMM

2017-12-15
Tenure track research positions as Assistant Professor (Associate Senior Lecturer) at WCMM are now open for application. In these announcements, the Centre is looking for outstanding researchers – Wallenberg Molecular Medicine Fellows - to be positioned within the areas of Infection biology or Cance...

Scientific researchers' business ideas won prizes

2017-12-12
Twelve promising companies have worked with their business ideas in the autumn in a new round of the Startup programme at Uminova Innovation in Umeå. The programme ended last week with Startup Demoday, a pitch competition, at Allstar in Umeå. Researchers from the Faculty of Science and technology wo...

Traces of historical reindeer grazing can still be observed after 100 years

2017-12-11
With the holiday season around the corner, most people may first think of reindeer as Santa Claus' trusted helpers. But it turns out that reindeer are not only good at pulling Santa's sleigh; they can also teach us important lessons about the functioning of ecosystems. By studying small meadows in t...

EcoChange digs deep into disrupted food web

2017-12-08
Climate change will make the marine food web less efficient, and toxic substances will increase in fish and other organisms. This became clear during the first phase of EcoChange, and now it´s time to dig deeper into these questions. “A large part of our work concerns what the effects of the loss in...

Chemistry laureate to Umeå University on 13 December

2017-12-05
Professor Jacques Dubochet, one of this year’s three Nobel laureates in Chemistry, is visiting Umeå University on Wednesday 13 December to hold a lecture on his revolutionising research. Together with Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson, he has developed an efficient method to produce three-dimensio...

Kebnekaise - inauguration of the new supercomputer at Umeå University

2017-11-29
On Thursday October 30 the Vice-Chancellor of Umeå University inaugurates the new supercomputer Kebnekaise. In connection with the celebration, High Performance Computing Center North, HPC2N, invites to an open house and participation in various activities.

New professors at the Faculty of Science and Technology

2017-11-27
At the end of October 2017, five new professors were installed at Umeå University's Årshögtid. Read more and watch movie clips about the new professors (in Swedish).

Pupils and study supervisors from Vaasa learn about Umeå University's programmes

2017-11-23
20 potential students and three study supervisors from Swedish speaking upper secondary Schools in Närpes, Vasa Gymnasium and Vasa Övningsskola are currently visiting Umeå University for two days. It is the fourth consecutive year that the study visit is organized.

Icelab Lunch Pitches at KBC

2017-11-20
Welcome to the second interdisciplinary lunch pitch at KBC Focus environment! Inspire and get new inspirations!

Inauguration of the KBC Focus Environment

2017-11-13
The KBC Focus Environment was officially inaugurated during the KBC Days 2017 on the 7th of November. It is one of three Focus Environments at Umeå University that is now available for students, teachers and researchers to interact and create new ideas. Pro-Vice-Chancellor Katrine Riklund joined Per...

The Swedish Bioinformatics Advisory Program 2017

2017-11-10
For the third time the SciLifeLab the National Bioinformatics platform offers within the Bioinformatics Advisory Programme new mentorship possibilities for PhD students

Uptake of mercury in focus

2017-11-03
Erik Björn, researcher at the department of Chemistry at Umeå University, has together with his research group performed several conspicuous studies on methylmercury in aquatic environments, and how climate change will affect the amounts of this toxin in the ecosystem. However, an important but stil...

Enzymes from dangerous bacteria turn into important tools for protein chemistry

2017-10-30
Philipp Ochtrop from Umeå University has worked on a project to turn the two enzymes AnkX and Lem3 from the disease causing bacteria Legionella pneumophila into a valuable tool for the chemical modification of proteins. This new approach for protein functionalization can enable scientists to investi...

New function in gene-regulatory protein discovered

2017-10-20
Researchers at Umeå and Stockholm universities in Sweden and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the US have published a new study in the journal Molecular Cell. In the article, they show how the protein CBP affects the expression of genes through its interaction with the basal machinery ...

Protein restricts sap uptake by aphids

2017-10-10
Researchers at Umeå University and Wageningen University have discovered how plants can defend themselves against aphids. They recorded aphid behavior on video, and identified a plant protein that keeps aphids from feeding. The results have been published in the journal the Plant Cell.

Pulitzer Center student fellow visits ecological researchers at Umeå University

2017-10-05
A fellowship from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting has brought science journalist Erica Andersen from New Jersey to Umeå University to report on research studying pharmaceuticals in water and their ecological consequences.

Airborne method of understanding northern lakes and their links to climate change

2017-10-04
Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden are exploring the potential to create a landscape level map of the shapes of lake basins through a laser survey. This is a critical missing piece of the puzzle for understanding the role of lake carbon cycling at large spatial scales.

MIMS director is new speaker in Nordic partnership

2017-09-28 (from 2017-09-25)
Professor Bernt Eric Uhlin, Director of MIMS (the Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden) at Umeå University, has been announced as new speaker of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine. MIMS is one of four Nordic nodes for research in molecular medicine in collaboration with...

10,000 year-old DNA proves when fish colonialized our lakes

2017-09-20
DNA in lake sediment forms a natural archive displaying when various fish species colonized lakes after the glacial period. This according to researchers at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science at Umeå University in a study published in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

Reindeer grazing protects tundra plant diversity in a warming climate

2017-09-04
Climate warming reduces the number of plant species in the tundra, but plant-eating animals, such as reindeer and voles, can turn this negative effect into something positive. The results of a study coordinated from Umeå University in Sweden are now published in Nature Communications.

The large lecture hall has new name: Carl Kempe salen

2017-08-20
The researchers at Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC) and KBC surprised one of their honorary guests during the symposium "50 years of Plant Science in Umeå": The large auditorium Stora hörsalen at KBC got a new name.

UPSC celebrates 50 years of Plant Science in Umeå

2017-08-14
The Department of Plant Physiology started its work at Umeå University in 1967. It is now part of the Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC), a world leading plant research institute. UPSC celebrates the 50 years anniversary with a three-day lasting symposium about the past, the present and the future of ...

Nasim Sabouri is awarded the 2017 Fernström Prize

2017-07-10 (from 2017-06-29)
A prize committee at Umeå University’s Faculty of Medicine recently awarded the 2017 Erik K. Fernström Prize to Nasim Sabouri, Group Leader at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.

SciLifeLab and WCMM network for Fellows

2017-06-28
SciLifeLab (Science for Life Laboratory), a national center for biomolecular sciences, and the Wallenberg Centers for Molecular Medicine (WCMM) in Gothenburg, Linköping, Lund and Umeå have formed a collaborative network to bring together the future leaders of life science and molecular medicine in S...

35 million SEK for interdisciplinary research on plant stress responses

2017-06-16
Åsa Strand, Stefan Björklund and Martin Rosvall, all researchers at Umeå University, have been awarded 35 million SEK from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research for a five-year research program on systems biology. The interdisciplinary project aims to map how plants react to abiotic stresse...

Infection challenges attract top-end scientists to Umeå

2017-06-15 (from 2017-06-14)
On Monday 19 June, world-leading infection researchers visit Umeå to discuss altered spreading patterns of infectious diseases, and antibiotic resistance. The symposium is the second in a series of jubilee symposia celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

Spotting the invisible

2017-05-31
Chemists at Umeå University have succeeded in mapping structures and functions of a transient enzyme state. By modifying the enzyme adenylate kinase, researchers were able to isolate the molecule and study it using the quantitative techniques X-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR...

Mathematical and Theoretical Ecology in Umeå

2017-05-11
Theoretical and mathematical ecology is an interdisciplinary field, where scientists cooperate across borders to further our understanding of ecology an evolution by building conceptual and mathematical models. In this workshop, researchers from the Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statist...

Chemistry world: Fish on valium

2017-05-08
What are the consequences of unintentionally medicating wildlife against anxiety and depression? Imagine what happens when, as has been extensively shown, that Prozac type of psychiatric medicine makes it into the wild. For Jonatan Klaminder, an ecologist at Umeå University in Sweden, it’s straightf...

Pathogenic bacteria train their defence in lakes and oceans

2017-05-04
Peter Mathisen at Umeå University has found links between the aquatic environment and the spreading of diseases such as tularaemia. The results indicate that aquatic environments act as “gyms” for bacteria, where the presence of predators train their defence against being killed and eaten up. The re...

You and I can help climate researchers in Abisko

2017-04-27
A new citizen science project in Abisko aims to teach the public how we do climate change science while collecting valuable data. CIRC researcher Keith Larson will receive nearly SEK 500,000 for an outreach project centred on the establishment of a research trail. This Formas grant is the second of ...

Upcoming deadlines for funding calls at SciLifeLab

2017-04-25
SciLifeLab now welcomes applications for National Projects (Swedish Genomes Program 2017 and Swedish Biodiversity Program 2017) and for Bioinformatics Long-term support.

New study emphasizes the relative scarcity of lake water

2017-04-12
What is the volume of water in lakes on Earth? Using a mathematical analysis, researcher David Seekell, at Umeå University, and his American collaborators now suggest that the mean depth of lakes is 30 per cent lower than previously estimated. Shallower lakes implies less fresh water and has consequ...

PH-sensitive binding mechanism key to virulence of H. pylori

2017-03-17 (from 2017-03-08)
To thrive and establish chronic infection in the very acidic stomach, the gastric pathogen Helicobacter pylori uses a specific protein to attach to the protective pH-neutral mucous lining. New research shows how the BabA adhesin protein has a pH-responsive mechanism allowing H. pylori to rapidly det...

Workshop on Mass spectrometry based Protein/Proteomic analysis in Umeå

2017-03-14
Welcome to the workshop on Mass spectrometry based Protein/Proteomic analysis in Umeå! The KBC Proteomics Core Facility invites to discuss about protein analysis and mass spectrometry.

Renens betydelse i ett föränderligt klimat

2017-03-06
The importance of the reindeer in an ever changing climate - Researchers at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science present their research during Sami Week.

Frozen chemistry controls bacterial infections

2017-03-03
Chemists and molecular biologists have made an unexpected discovery in infection biology. The researchers can now show that two proteins that bind to one another slow down a chemical reaction central to the course of the disease in the bacteria Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. The results have been publ...

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