Distinguished Guests Seminars Series - spring term 2022

We invite you to join the following seminar in the scope of the UCMR Distinguished Guests Seminars Series!
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May 9th, 2022, 11:00-12:00   Venue: via Zoomv_gourgoulis2.jpg

Vassilis GorgoulisNational and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Title of the talk: “Escape from oncogene-induced senescence
Host PI: Teresa Frisan

Dr. Gorgoulis is currently Professor and Director of the Department of Histology–Embryology, Faculty of Medicine, National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece (www.gorgoulis.gr). He is an elected European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) member. He received >30 awards and distinctions. Most of his top ranked publications (e.g. in Nature, Cell, Nat Cell Biol, Mol Cell, J Cell Biol) received instant recognition as they were accompanied by corresponding highlights in editorial articles and/or journal covers. He developed a pioneering senescence biomarker (commercially available under the trademark SenTraGor) and provided guidelines to detect senescence that include also the new biomarker (Cell 2019, Nat Protoc 2021).

Dr. Gorgoulis' main research interests include: Mechanisms leading to genomic instability; The role of the DNA damage response (DDR) network as an anti-tumor barrier (eliciting apoptosis or senescence) and mechanisms leading to escape from these barriers; Development of new compounds and methods to detect senescent cells with precision; The role of the replication licensing machinery in cancer progression; Development of machine learning algorithms to predict biological/drug responses. 

Dr. Gorgoulis has special interest in: molecular diagnostics in Pathology, and is the regional coordinator of the European Quality Assessment Scheme for testing KRAS mutations in colorectal cancer, established by the European Society of Pathology. He is also a coordinator of the Greek national: “Emblematic action to handle SARS-CoV-2 infection: Epidemiological study in Greece via extensive testing for viral and antibody detection, sequencing of the virome and genetic analysis of the carriers” (2020-2022) and his lab was appointed by the government as a national reference lab for COVID-19 tests.

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Open position: Up to five tenure-track positions as Assistant professor

Joint call of the Faculty of Science and Technology at Umeå University, Sweden.  

Welcome to apply to become one of our new Assistant Professors at Umeå University! With this faculty joint venture, with a six-year appointment we want to give junior researchers the opportunity to develop a long-term research activity and to qualify for promotion to an Associate Professorship (Senior Lecturer). We welcome your applications before 15 February 2022!

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UCMR Ambassadors 2022


UCMR ambassador grant

Congratulations to Xiaotong, Emelie and Anna for presenting the three best posters at UCMR Day 2022!
This achievement is awarded with the UCMR Ambassador grant!


  •  Xiaotong JiaDepartment of Chemistry

"The Vibrio Cholerae cytotoxin MakA is a novel cholesterol-binding pore-forming toxin that induces non-canonical autophagy"

  •  Emelie BackmanDepartment of Clinical Microbiology

"Neutrophil extracellular traps as a driving force behind severe COVID-19"

  • Anna BergonziniDepartment of Molecular Biology

"Effects of bacterial genotoxins on immune modulation, chronic inflammation and cancer development"


UCMR Day January 20th 2022 - extended deadline

All researchers with an interest in microbial and infection research are invited to a day of inspiring research presentations and an excellent opportunity for networking and initiation of multidisciplinary collaborations.

Please note that the deadline for the submission of abstracts for a poster presentation has been extended to December 31st 2021. On a first-come-first-serve basis, you will also get the possibility to orally present your poster during a pre-recorded 2 min poster elevator pitch.

More information and registration on http://www.ucmrday2022.se/

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Deadline for registration without abstract: January 18th 2022

Upcoming seminars: UCMR Distinguished Guests Seminar Series

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We invite you to join the following seminars in the scope of the UCMR Distinguished Guests Seminars Series!

Please register to get access to all seminars that will be part of the series during this semester: Registration


November 22 2021, 14:00-15:00   Venue: via Zoom

Urs Greber    University of Zurich, Switzerland
Title of the talk: “Adenovirus cell-to-cell infection variability”
Host PI: Niklas Arnberg
Urs Greber

Professor Dr. Urs Greber is a cell biologist and virologist. He is a full professor at the Department of Molecular Life Sciences of the University of Zürich. Urs Greber graduated from the ETH Zürich with a PhD degree in Biotechnology and trained in yeast genetics at the Swiss Institute of Experimental Cancer Research in Lausanne. He was a postdoctoral scientist at the Research Institute of Scripps Clinic, La Jolla, CA, and Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, USA. In 2007, he co-founded the start-up company 3V-Biosciences (now Sagimet Biosciences located in San Mateo, CA, USA) developing treatments of unmet diseases. Professor Greber is an expert in virus infection biology with more than 138 publications in journals, and over 13300 citations. He is internationally recognized for his activities as a section editor with PLoS Pathogens, an editor of FEMS reviews and FEBS Letters. He received more than 10 Mio Euro of grant funding over more than 25 years, and holds patents with academia and industry. His recent work employs systems analyses, and investigates innate immunity in human DNA and RNA viruses, leading to new insights into the cell-to-cell variability of virus infections.


November 30 2021, 11:00-12:00   Venue: via Zoom

Feng Shao    National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing, China
Title of the talk: “Pyroptosis in antibacterial & antitumor immunity”
Host PI: Yaowen Wu
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Dr. Feng Shao is an investigator and the deputy director for academic affairs at the National Institute of Biological Sciences in Beijing, China, with a research focus on molecular mechanisms of bacterial infection and host innate immunity defense. Feng Shao graduated from Medical School at the University of Michigan with a PhD in Biological chemistry and did his postdoctoral training at University of California, School of Medicine, and Harvard Medical School, with focus on Bacterial pathogenesis and Ubiquitin signaling. Using pathogens such as Shigella, Salmonella, Enteropathogenic E. coli (EPEC), Legionella and Burkholderia as the model, Dr. Feng Shao discovered and revealed some novel and common biochemical mechanisms utilized by bacterial effectors in modulating host signal transduction pathways. These discoveries for the first time identify the inflammasome receptor dedicated for bacteria, establish a biochemical framework of cytosolic antibacterial immunity, and also explain how innate immunity distinguishes pathogens from non-pathogenic microbes. For his most current projects, he received more than 3.7 Mio Euro of grant funding. He is member of Chinese Academy of Sciences.




Call for postdoctoral projects to Principal Investigators

With the aim to strengthen world-class research activities in Umeå, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR) and Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC), the two national Centres of Excellence, in collaboration with other research centres will launch a new ‘Excellence by Choice’ Postdoctoral Programme (EC Postdoctoral Programme). The programme is funded by Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, Kempe Foundation and Umeå University with Professor Emmanuelle Charpentier as patron and mentor of the programme.

The programme will fund postdoctoral fellowships and organize activities to strengthen networking and collaborations. The programme aims to recruit 17 postdocs on fellowships through three international calls for 5-6 fellowships each. 

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9th National Infection Biology/Swedish Microbiology Meeting, November 16-18 2021


National Doctoral Programme in Infections and Antibiotics (NDPIA) and the Swedish Society for Microbiology (SFM) invite you to join the 9th National Infection Biology/Swedish Microbiology Meeting, taking place November 16-18, 2021.

The meeting will be a virtual meeting that aims to provide a broad vision on current state-of-the-art microbiology techniques and research in Sweden. Keynote speakers are Swedish researchers working within the sub-disciplines of bacteriology, virology, parasitology, host response, clinical infection biology, environmental microbiology, zoonotics, and new methods. To involve junior researchers, additional talks will be selected from the submitted poster abstracts. Poster presentations will be organized as digital poster walks that allow participants to present and discuss their work with other participants.

For more information and registration, go to https://ndpia.se/events/9th-national-infection-biology-swedish-microbiology-meeting/

4th Annual CryoNET Symposium, October 18-19th 2021

The 4th Annual CryoNET Symposium will through a panel of distinguished speakers highlight the latest discoveries facilitated by cryo-EM research and new directions that are emerging. The symposium will be fully accessible as an online meeting but we will provide viewing and presentation options in Umeå to the extent that the guidelines at the time allow (more info to follow). Students and postdocs are encouraged to apply to give talks. CryoNET is a network between the Cryo-EM facilities at University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University, Stockholm University and Umeå University and is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

Registration is free but mandatory to get access to the platform. Deadline for registration is September 30th

For more information and registration, go to CryoNET Symposium homepage 

UCMR Infection and Cancer Symposium, 24 August, online

Infections due to certain viruses, bacteria, and parasites are strong risk factors for the development of specific cancers. Approximately 20% of cancers worldwide are attributed to infections. Conversely, a subset of pathogens preferentially lyse tumor cells, leading to tumor regression and improved anti-tumor immunity. In addition, the intestinal microbiota influences our response to anti-cancer therapy. The Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR) Infection and Cancer Symposium aims to present and discuss these aspects of the complex relation between microbes and cancer. 

International experts will present concepts on principles by which viruses and bacteria subvert the cellular micro-environment to cause cancer. Speakers will address a) mechanisms of malignant transformation by DNA and RNA viruses, b) mechanisms by which chronic and latent bacterial infections contribute to cancer initiation and progression, c) key issues related to pro-carcinogenic viruses/bacteria and immune defense, and d) how these processes can be prevented by prophylactic vaccination. Participants will have an opportunity to present their research during poster and, if selected, oral presentations and to meet other researchers within the field.

To see the speaker program and to register at no cost for the virtual symposium, go to www.ucmrinca2021.se

Registration deadline: 20 August (without poster presentation).

1st Umeå Interdisciplinary Symposium on Hypoxic Biology - 25 May 8:45-16:45, online via Zoom

The concentration of oxygen is one of the most important variables in many physiological and pathological processes. Do you care about oxygen levels in your experiments? Probably you should, and now you can at UHRF.

UHRF (Umeå Hypoxia Research Facility) is a new facility created to support research projects that require controlled oxygen conditions. We are co-financed by the Kempe Foundation and the Umeå Center for Microbial Research (UCMR) and you can find us at the Department of Molecular Biology.              

To introduce UHRF, we have organized an exciting virtual symposium to highlight the fundamental role of hypoxia in microbial ecology and infection, fungal biology, plant science, cancer, neurobiology and virology research. This first interdisciplinary symposium on hypoxic biology in Umeå is a joint initiative of UHRF (https://www.umu.se/en/uhrf) and UCMR (https://www.ucmr.umu.se/).

The invited speakers include: Michael Jetten (Microbial ecology; Radboud University, The Netherlands), Emilio Bueno (Infection biology; University of Umeå, Sweden), Francesco Licausi (Plant biology; University of Oxford, UK), Emily Flashman (Plant biology; University of Oxford, UK)  Jonathan Gilthorpe (Neurobiology; University of Umeå, Sweden), Randall Johnson (Tumor biology; Karolinska institutet, Sweden), Jane McKeating (Virology; University of Oxford, UK), Robert A. Cramer (Fungal biology; Geisel School of Medicine, USA), Constantin Urban (Fungal biology; University of Umeå, Sweden), Björn Schröder (Gut microbiome; University of Umeå, Sweden), Andreas Baumler (Gut microbiome; UCDAVIS, USA).



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