Welcome to Biology


Biology is a scientific discipline of fundamental importance to our understanding of life and nature, and is the basis for a range of issues of central importance to humans, spanning from securing a sustainable environment, to the development of drugs.

The biology section of Uppsala University includes world leading research and PhD student programs. The education of bachelor and master students is at the European top level. The research and PhD programs are organized into research programs, covering a wide range of fields and located in departments at the Biomedical Centre (BMC), a facility shared with departments from the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy, and at the Evolutionary Biology Centre (EBC), which also hosts the Museum of Evolution and a dedicated department of Biological Education. The broad coverage of biological sub-disciplines creates an exciting potential for interdisciplinary research, and enables us to offer advanced courses in many fields. The biology departments provide a dynamic environment with a highly international community of students, postdocs and faculty.

Building on the tradition of Linnaeus, biology at Uppsala University continues to contribute strongly to research and teaching, as indicated by excellent evaluations of education and a high success for competitive research funding. We welcome you as a visitor, collaborator, student, or member of our faculty and staff.

Lars Tranvik, Dean of Biology

Biology Education Centre

Biology Education Centre (IBG) coordinates all undergraduate and graduate education within Biology, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics at Uppsala University. We offer International Master Programmes and a large selection of advanced courses in English in addition to our Swedish courses and Programmes.

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Cell and Molecular Biology

Department of Cell and Molecular Biology (ICM) is an international, multidisciplinary and distinguished biomolecular department. The department teaches a large number of undergraduate and Master courses for students specializing in Biology, Biotechnology and Biomolecular Engineering.

Research interests, ranging all the way from cell biology down to biophysics of single molecules, are divided into six specialty programs: Chemical Biology, Computational and Systems Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biophysics, Molecular Evolution and Structural and Molecular Biology. Several laboratories at ICM are also centers of excellence: Structural Biology, Molecular Biophysics, Protein Synthesis and Uppsala RNA Research Center.

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Ecology and Genetics

Evolutionary ecology and genetics form the core of our research activities and are studied in animals, plants, fungi and microorganisms. This includes a number of high-profile projects on the processes of natural and sexual selection, local adaptation, speciation, and molecular evolution. We also harbour a strong research initiative on processes affecting microbial diversity and ecosystem function.

Various fundamental and applied aspects of conservation biology, including effects of global climatic change, are also part of our collective research. Approaches used range from field experiments to large-scale genome analyses, in the latter case mainly using next-generation sequencing (NGS) approaches.

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Organismal Biology

The research at the department has a developmental and evolutionary theme including early vertebrate evolution, plant development and innate immune reactions in invertebrates and the phylogeny of these processes. The deepest branches in the tree of life are search for using bioinformatics and experimental molecular techniques.

Genomic analyses are used to understand evolutionary processes in microorganisms and eukaryotes. Research about how chemicals of anthropogenic origin interact with cellular functions and give rise to long-lasting adverse health effects in humans and wildlife is also performed. The department harbors the SciLifeLab zebra fish platform, and a Drosophila facility.

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