Biology (BIOLO)

Biology covers all aspects of life science, from subcellular molecular processes, via organisms to whole ecosystems.

Basic scientific challenges in the area concern the way in which genetic instructions influence the development of organisms, which interact and constitute a complex biological system. This is knowledge which is strongly requested from society. It influences a wide range of societal issues from the use of gene technology for altering and affecting the function of various organisms, to questions of animal welfare in modern farming and the management of species and ecosystems for biological conservation purposes.

Within Biology at IFM, research is organised in research groups, which are ad hoc associations of people working on a common scientific theme. The groups are dynamic, and can change their composition as deemed suitable by the involved people.

Research at Biology division

Computational code frog and network system.

Research in ecological and environmental modelling

Our research uses mathematical, computational, and statistical modeling techniques to integrate knowledge from large datasets across a variety of specialities.

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Evolutionary genetics of ageing and sex differences - Friberg Group

Research in our group focuses on two fascinating biological phenomena – ageing and sex differences - and their interesting intersection. To answer questions related to these topics we conduct research using the model organism Drosophila melanogaster.

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Animal behaviour, personality and cognition - Lovlie Group

We are interested in understanding behavioural variation, and most of our research is on causes and consequences of animal personality, including links to cognition, sexual selection. We mainly (but not only) use red junglefowl as our model species.

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Animal behaviour, domestication and welfare – Jensen Group

What guides the many facets of how animals behave? How has it changed during domestication, and what does it tell us about their welfare? Focusing on chickens and dogs, we tackle such questions using ethology, genetics and epigenetics.


Genetic architecture of brain structure - Henriksen Group

We use populations of both wild and domestic chickens to identifying the genetic architecture underlying variation in avian brain size and composition, as well as elucidating the effects and pathways of maternal stress.

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The genomic basis of feralisation and domestication - Wright Group

Our research focuses on the genetic basis of domestication, feralisation and behaviour. We use the twin processes of domestication and feralisation to unravel the genetic basis of complex traits.

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Evolution of heart size in birds - Altimiras Group

The heart size determines aerobic scope and flight performance of birds. By comparing different South American Tinamous with Red Junglefowl and quail we want to understand evolutionary steps leading to the enhanced performance of modern birds.

Nucleic Acids Technologies Lab

The Nucleic Acids Technologies Lab explores the use of nucleic acids as biorecognition molecules to develop highly specific and sensitive systems, with various detection modalities.

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Human-animal interaction - Roth Group

We study domesticated animals such as dogs and horses in their interaction with humans and how humans and everyday life affect the animals in the short and long-term. Our focus is on the behaviour of the animal but also on hormonal changes.

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The sensory world of mammals - Laska Group

We study the mechanisms underlying between-species differences in sensory capabilities. Which roles do genes, anatomy, ecology, and behavior play in this context? Further, we study lateralized behavior, e.g. limb preferences, in mammals.

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Environmental Epigenetics - Guerrero-Bosagna Group

We investigate how environmental exposures such as nutrition, contaminants or stress interfere with developmental and epigenetic mechanisms in various model organisms.

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Conservation Ecology Group

The management of species-rich grassland and deciduous forests have changed drastically over the last 80 years. Many species have become rare and endangered as the resources and habitat decreased. We study what is needed to preserve diversity.

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Crop evolution - Hagenblad Group

Humans rely on crop plants for food, medicine, clothing and many other functions. The Hagenblad lab studies how crop plants have spread across the world and how they have adapted to different climates and cultivation methods.

Red Jungle Fowl

AVIAN - Behavioural Genomics and Physiology group

The AVIAN - Behavioural Genomics and Physiology group at Linköping University studies the genetic basis of behaviour and physiology.

Doctoral education

More about our research

a trainer stands on the edge of a dolphin pool measuring exhaled air, a researcher works on a computer at the pool edge

Zoo biology course opened interesting opportunities for degree project

LiU student Ioulia is doing research for her master thesis on energy requirements in doplhins in both Kolmården Wildlife Park and Oceanografic de Valencia.

man working with bacteria culture in laboratory.

Pioneering safe chemotherapy methods for treating infections

Antibiotic resistant bacteria are a threat to human lives, and yet the development of new drugs is slow. A group of proven cancer drugs could possibly be the solution. A new class of antibiotics is now being developed by researchers at LiU.

Per Jensen with a chicken in his hands.

Pioneer with animals’ best interests at heart

What do animals do? What do they think? Do they have feelings? These are questions that have fascinated people through the ages and represent a field of research of their own. In ethology, Linköping professor Per Jensen is one of the leading figures.




Visiting Address

Campus Valla, B-building

Mail Address

Linköping University
581 83 Linköping

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