Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

Molecular evolution

What kind of research are we doing?

Research in the Department of Molecular Evolution focuses on the molecular evolutionary processes that shape microbial life on Earth. Our model organisms range from bacteria to archaea and eukaryotes. We are interested in the patterns and processes that shape genomes, in the unique functional characteristics of the archaea and in the early evolution of the eukaryotic cell. We study these processes using genome sequencing, bioinformatics and experimental work. Nearly 20 PhD-students in total have graduated from this program, many of which have since moved on to leading positions in national and international academic research organizations.

Research- groups

Prof. Siv Andersson

  • Microbial genomics

Dr. Jan Andersson

  • Comparative genomics methods

Universitetslektor Thijs Ettema

  • Microbial dark matter

Dr. Lisa Klasson

  • Symbiotic bacteria in eukaryotic cells