When working in a laboratory, guidelines from Arbetsmiljöverket and other relevant government institutions in Sweden need to be followed. I am the one responsible for making sure that we do so in our research laboratories.

Ann-Charlotte Svensson Holm, PhDApplying a fixed set of guidelines is not very effective in a research laboratory setting compared to e.g. laboratories in certain bio-industrial company where the activity/production usually doesn't change as rapidly. In research laboratories we need to be flexible in order to allow our researchers to conduct all the experiments they need, and do so in a safe and legal manner.

Thus I, together with the other lab manager at IFM Biology, adapts and applies government rules and policies to our laboratory environment. This results in both broad guidelines and affects the specific protocols our researchers, technicians, and students follow when conducting experiments or analyses in the laboratory.


I have a background in pharmacology and cell biology, more specifically airway remodelling, airway smooth muscle cells and platelets, a subject in which I defended my doctorate thesis in 2010. Currently I am working with Prof. Per Jensen in studying the epigenetic changes between domesticated chickens and their Red Jungle Fowl ancestors.

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