Cell and Molecular Biology

Molecular Biology research focus on  how molecules and systems within cells interact. Of special interest is the flow of genetic information from DNA via RNA to protein synthesis, and how these processes are regulated.

The human body contains on average 50 to 75 trillion cells of hundreds of different types, all with a special task. The individual cell possesses properties that define life; it can grow, divide itself, receive and respond to stimuli from its surroundings, and carry out an impressive number of chemical reactions. The function determines how the cell is built and where it is found in the body.

Cell Biology research studies the function of  different cell types, through signalling within the cell, and how they communicate and cooperate with other cells.

The advances in Molecular Biology over the past few years has led to a biological and medical revolution with entirely new methods for analysis and studies of hereditary factors. This has changed our view of what is  life and resulted in a rapid development within biotechnology, biomedicine, and plant breeding. The genetic and cell biology basis for many diseases will be elucidated in the coming years  and the gained  knowledge is  already implemented  in clinical diagnostics and therapies.


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Hammarström Lab

We are interested in protein misfolding, amyloid formation and disease, both on the molecular level and in the cellular perspective.

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Haemostasis Research Group in Linköping

We study regulation of platelet activation and interaction with coagulation from biochemistry and genes to clinical studies on antithrombotic drugs in cardiovascular diseases and how covid-19 causes thrombosis. We also develop new diagnostic methods.

Studies on chronic lymphocytic leukemia

We reported a novel finding on the highly resticted and biased specificities of CLL Abs some years ago, showing limited target structures for the CLL Abs, which were exposed on oxidized-LDL, apoptotic cells...

Research centers



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Discovery reveals how cells respond to each other

The same message can be interpreted differently by different individuals – also among cells. This is shown in a study by researchers at Linköping University who studied cell communication.

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Estrogen possible risk factor in disturbed heart rhythm

The sex hormone estrogen has a negative impact on heartbeat regulation, according to an experimental study from LiU. Estrogen impact seems to interact with hereditary changes causing a heart disease disturbing the heart’s rhythm.

Colm Nestor.

SEK 22 million ERC grant to research on sex-bias in disease

Associate professor Colm Nestor has been awarded a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) of approximately SEK 22 million over the next 5 years. The funding will be used to research sex bias in human disease.