Rikard Runnbergaffiliated with the university
I got my MSc in biotechnological engineering from the Lund institute of technology (LTH). During a year of exchange studies at the University of Melbourne I decided I wanted to be a scientist after doing a research project in the group of Gary Hime, studying the stem cell niche of the Drosophila testis. I continued my studies at the University of Gothenburg where I did my MSc-project, and then continued doing my PhD-studies which resulted in my thesis “Biological functions of G-quadruplexes - Telomere maintenance and transcriptional regulation in embryonic stem cells”. I then did a short postdoc at the Sahlgrenska Cancer Center in the group of Pierre Åman, studying the mechanism of how fusion-oncogenes cause myxoid liposarcoma. I have now returned to Lund University, working as a postdoc in Marita Cohn’s group.
My main research interests involve how proteins interact with nucleic acids, especially the alternative G-quadruplex structure, to regulate cellular processes. I am especially interested in how proteins together with alternative DNA-structures protect the ends of chromosomes; the telomeres. My project in Marita Cohn’s lab involves how the telomere binding protein Rap1 interacts with DNA in order to protect telomere ends.