Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

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  • His software has taken the life sciences to a new level 2022-03-29 The GROMACS computer software developed by Erik Lindahl’s research group to simulate the molecules of life, is used all around the world to study different processes in our cells. He is using the software to solve a medical riddle: how can substances like alcohol and narcotics cause our nerve cells to disfunction?
  • The Svedberg Prize 2021 to Ville Kaila at DBB 2022-03-29 The prize is awarded to a successful biochemist or molecular biologist who is active in Sweden and who has not turned 40 during the year that the prize is awarded.
  • Scientists show how a salt transporter linked to hypertension and diabetes works 2022-03-16 NHA2 is a protein spanning the membrane in kidney and β-cells that absorbs salt and its activity is linked with hypertension and diabetes in humans. The transporter-protein exchangers the movement of sodium ions across cell membranes with the movement of protons. Researchers at Stockholm University have now determined what the protein looks like and how the protein adapts to the membrane. These findings shed new light into this important biological mechanism, and provide a basis for structural-based drug discovery.
  • Researchers at SU and Imperial College show how Photosystem II can produce reactive oxygen species 2022-02-08 Photosystem II (PSII) is a key enzyme in photosynthesis that produces oxygen by capturing sunlight. The reaction couples to the reduction of plastoquinone, which in turn is used for the synthesis of biomass by fixation of CO2.
  • The world's most dangerous poison can be of great benefit as a drug 2022-02-02 Pål Stenmark sees botulinum toxin – the world's most dangerous poison – as a lego building kit he can change so that it gets new features. One goal is to develop new and more effective drugs, including for pain. Through molecular genealogy, he has also found a new family of botulinum toxins, where a variant can fight malaria mosquitoes.
  • Several researchers includig Christian Broberger at DBB have been elected new members of the Academy 2022-01-25 At the General meeting on 12 January several prominent researchers were elected new members of the Academy's Classes for biosciences, geosciences and the Class for humanities and outstanding services to science.