Rikard Runnberg

affiliated 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.

Recent research outputs

Rikard Runnberg, Narayanan, S., Marita Cohn & Humberto Itriago, 2019 Dec 16, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 10 p., 19181.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Rikard Runnberg, Narayanan, S. & Marita Cohn, 2017 Dec 1, In : Scientific Reports. 7, 1, 8729.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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