Department of Biology

Organisational unit: Department


We offer courses at bachelor’s, master’s and PhD level and have bachelor’s and master’s programmes as well as postgraduate studies. At the bachelor’s level our courses are in biology and molecular biology. At the master’s level we also offer courses and a programme in bioinformatics. Our researchers collaborate with the society by giving lectures to the public, participating in newspapers, magazines, television and radio, answering questions, arrange science shows and open house at the department.


Most aspects of biology are covered at the department, both in education and research. We interact with scientists in the disciplines of medicine, technology, physics, chemistry and philosophy and collaborate across boundaries to design new experiments and find fresh ideas. Our premises and infrastructure are modern and include almost everything a biologist might need, from molecular laboratories and electron and confocal microscopes to field stations and wind tunnels. Research at the Department of Biology is characterized by cutting-edge fundamental research within a variety of areas, from molecules and protein production to ecological systems, and from genetic code to behaviour. We are additionally very active in several areas of applied research. Among others, this includes night vision, improving crops and food products, conservation biology, pest control and gene-modified organisms. We also have a research museum that lends material to all over the world.

Recent research outputs

Mikael T. Ekvall, Jonas Hedberg, Inger Odnevall Wallinder, Anders Malmendal, Lars Anders Hansson & Tommy Cedervall, 2021 Dec 1, In: Scientific Reports. 11, 1, 10784.

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Elinor Jax, Inge Müller, Stefan Börno, Hanna Borlinghaus, Gustaw Eriksson, Evi Fricke, Bernd Timmermann, Helene Pendl, Wolfgang Fiedler, Karsten Klein, Falk Schreiber, Martin Wikelski, Katharine E. Magor & Robert H.S. Kraus, 2021 Dec 1, In: Scientific Reports. 11, 1, 10815.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Carina Nebel, Arjun Amar, Arne Hegemann, Caroline Isaksson & Petra Sumasgutner, 2021 Dec 1, In: Scientific Reports. 11, 1, 11053.

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