Last changed: 04 October 2023

Uppsala BioCenter consists of the following departments:

Department of Aquatic Resources

The department study the dynamics of aquatic ecosystems and how they are affected by environment and human activity. We monitor and assess seas, coastal waters, lakes and watercourses, conduct research with a focus on fish and shellfish and support society with expert advice.

The department is characterized by intensive collaborations with industry, public agencies and NGO:s. This creates a vital research environment and gives us unique opportunities to develop knowledge with high societal impact. Our knowledge contributes to a more sustainable use and management of our aquatic resources.

The department's main address is BioCentrum, and the operational activities are conducted at three divisions. The Institute of Coastal Research has its main office in BioCentrum, and three field stations in Öregrund, Simpevarp and Väröbacka. The Fisheries Research Station in Älvkarleby is also part of the coastal division. The Institute of Freshwater Research is located on Drottningholm (Stockholm), and The Institute of Marine Research in Lysekil

Department of Forest Mycology and Pathology

The department undertakes fundamental and applied research focused on interactions involving plants, pathogenic, symbiotic and saprotrophic fungi and other microorganisms and their role in forest and agricultural systems.

Important research areas include ecosystem and molecular ecology, population biology and the molecular regulation of microorganisms as well as modelling and practical managment of plant diseases.


Department of Molecular Sciences

 The Department conduct research in the fields of inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, organic chemistry, natural products chemistry, molecular biogeochemistry and molecular biology. We isolate, characterize and commercialize a wide spectrum of bacteria, archaea, yeasts and filamentous fungi as well as their metabolites. Our research is also directed towards an increased understanding about microbial complexity and its function in different environments and in response to different treatments. We investigate the composition and properties of our most common foods, and explores how these are affected by different factors in the food value chain, from raw material to consumer product. Our research considers composition, structures and properties of the most common foods of animal as well as plant origin.

Or work is often performed in collaboration with industrial partners and has resulted in several patents and tech companies.


Department of Plant Biology
The central mission of the department is to develop basic knowledge about developmental processes and defence in plants.

The department focuses on genetic, cellular and molecular research addressing questions fundamental for the biology of whole plants, and of interactions between plants and other organisms.