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Department of Molecular Sciences

We conduct research and education in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, food science and microbiology with focus on fundamental aspects as well as sustainable development and applications in the Green sector.


  • 02 October 2023

    An exploratory journey into probiotic interactions

    Rod-like objects. Microscope photo. Lactobacilli and bifidobacteria are types of bacteria with profound effects on human health. In his doctoral thesis, Ludwig Ermann Lundberg has investigated how they interact with each other and with the humans they live in.
  • 13 September 2023

    EU project will make our diet more sustainable

    Doctoral student speaking at the meeting The second HealthFerm Consortium Meeting took place in Zurich, Switzerland, on 4-6 September 2023. During this meeting, a PhD student from the Department of Molecular Sciences presented her first results on the design of foods based on fermented raw materials, with potential health-related benefits.
  • 24 August 2023

    International collaboration advances science and education

    SLU KATRU International collaboration brings the benefits to science and education of working across borders, cultures and disciplines. Joint efforts are essential to accelerate scientific advances and strengthen ties between countries. A collaboration between researchers from the Department of Molecular Sciences and S.Seifullin Kazakh Agro-Technical Research University is an excellent example of international scientific efforts.
  • 27 June 2023

    Are plant-based analogues better than real meat?

    Vegetus veggie burger A new edition of the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations (NNR) was recently released. This time the NNR contain scientific recommendations on a diet that is good both for human health and for the environment. In this new edition, the recommendation is to further reduce meat consumption in favour of a more plant-based diet.
  • 21 June 2023

    SLU is a Partner in the New Erasmus+ Project

    sulawe logotype Since the beginning of the year 2023, SLU is one of the EU partners in an Erasmus+ capacity building project in higher education coordinated by Nürtingen-Geislingen University (HGU) in Germany. The project is called SuLAWe - Sustainable Livestock Production and Animal Welfare, and will support four Ukrainian agricultural universities in redesigning their animal science education during the coming three years.

About us

We investigate the molecular aspects of biologically relevant processes in nature and industry.

The Department actively collaborate with industrial partners. This has resulted in several patents and innovations. We also have two External Collaboration Specialists at the Department, specialising in Bioenergy and Food Quality. Read more about our collaboration with society here.

In total, ca 110 employees, including researchers, PhD students and technical and administrative staff work at the Department. 


We often collaborate with industrial partners and have two External Collaboration Specialists at the Department, specialising in Bioenergy and Food Quality.

Lennart Kenne's memorial fund

The Fund distributes two travel grants annually to PhD students or postdocs working on projects within natural product chemistry, mainly focused on structure determination.

Instruments and equipment

Do you want to rent our equipment of let us analyse your samples? Take a look at our NMR spectrometers, mass spectrometers, X-ray diffractometers and more here.

Internal information

For employees at the Department. Find information about computers, lab safety and framework agreements here.

Published: 08 February 2023 - Page editor: adrian.dauphinee@slu.se