Organisation and management at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics (MBB)

Information about the organisation of and management at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics (MBB).

MBB organisation schedule 2024
MBB organisation 2024

Head of Department

From January 1 2024, the Acting Head of Department is Björn Högberg and Gonçalo Castelo Branco is Deputy Head of Department. The responsibility of divisions are listed below.

Acting Head of Department

Björn Högberg is Acting Head of Department.

Björn is also responsible for the divisions of Molecular Neurobiology, Molecular Metabolism, Immunology, Chemical biology and genome engineering, Molecular structural biology when it comes to:

  • Signing agreements after review by the legal department.
  • Signing green light and admission of doctoral students.
  • Signing procurement documents, application for grants, letters of support for applications, ethics applications, letters of recommendation for docentur, time reports and financial reporting.
  • Signing in Prisma

Deputy Head of Department

Gonçalo Castelo-Branco is Deputy Head of Department which means that Gonçalo stands in for the Acting Head of Department when the Acting Head of Department is not on duty or is otherwise unavailable with the same decision-making authority as the Acting Head of Department, but not for decisions that can't be decided by Acting Head of Department or agreements that are to be signed jointly with officials from the Central Administration. Gonçalo have the responsibility for the divisions of Medical systems bioengineering, Genome biology, Vascular Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry I and Chemistry II with regard to the above points. In addition to this, the Deputy Head of Department is also responsible for signing documents regarding scholarships for the entire department.

Elias Arnér is Assistant Head of Department with strategic responsibility for issues related to undergraduate and postgraduate education.

One week notice

Contact each person in matters concerning your division and remember to have advance notice of at least one week.

Executive council

Consists of the department leadership and meets weekly to handle day-to-day issues. The leadership group is advisory and final decisions are taken by the chairperson. Current members are as follows:

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Björn Högberg

Acting Head of Department
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Gonçalo Castelo-Branco

Deputy Head of Department
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Carina Hammarström

Head of Administration
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Lina Rowland

Head of HR

Additional participants are invited as needed, including (on rolling schedules) the following:

  • Assistant Head of Department with strategic responsibility for issues related to undergraduate and postgraduate education
  • Head of graduate education
  • Head of undergraduate education
  • Heads of unit
  • Student representatives
  • Postdoc representatives
  • Faculty chairperson


The department Senate consists of the full professors. It is designed to ensure the quality of decision-making related to recruitment of professors. The senate performs three major tasks:

  • Selecting a Senate chairperson, who leads the meetings
  • Creation of new professorships, in accordance with the principles and guidelines set out by the Faculty, after proposal from a professor or a division head.
  • Periodic review of the progress of non-professor PIs

The Senate requires 8 members present for a quorum.

The senate elects a chairperson by simple majority, with a mandate of one year. The same person can be elected chair for a maximum of three consecutive years.

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Jesper Z. Haeggström

Chairperson of the Senate
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Elias Arnér

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Jiri Bartek

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Nils-Göran Larsson

Professor/Senior Physician
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Per Uhlén

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Anna Wredenberg

Professor/Specialist Physician


The Faculty consists of all the Principal Investigators. It is designed to ensure the quality of decision-making related to recruitment and promotion. The faculty performs these major tasks:

  • Setting out the principles and guidelines for
    • recruitment of principal investigators at all levels
    • promotion of principal investigators
    • applications for docent
    • creation of new professorships
    • assessment of PIs
  • Selecting a faculty chairperson, who then also serves as faculty representative in the Executive Council
  • Providing its consent to recruitments and promotions of principal investigators — except professorships — after proposal from a division
  • Setting out the long-term scientific direction of the department
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Simon Elsässer

Chairperson of the Faculty

Research divisions

The Department consists of ten research divisions:

  • Biochemistry – division head: Elias Arnér
    • Elias Arnér
  • Chemical biology and genome engineering – division head: Annika Jenmalm-Jensen
    • CBCS, Anna-Lena Gustavsson 
    • HTGE, Bernhard Schmierer
    • PSF, Tomas Nyman
    • DDD, Per Arvidsson 
  • Chemistry I – division head: Roman Zubarev
    • Roman Zubarev
    • Core-faciliteten: Proteomics Biomedicum
    • Core-faciliteten: Chemical Proteomics
  • Chemistry II – division head:
    • Jesper Haeggström
  • Genome biology – division head: Per Moberg
    • Jiri Bartek
    • Oscar Fernandez-Capetillo
    • Simon Elsässer
    • Bennie Lemmens
  • Immunology – division head: Pan Hammarström
    • Rikard Holmdahl
    • Pan Hammarström
  • Medical systems bioengineering – Acting division head: Björn Reinius
    • Björn Högberg
    • Björn Reinius
    • Molly Stevens
    • Jussi Taipale (and Inderpreet Kaur Sur)
    • Christoph Ziegenhain 
  • Molecular metabolism – division head: Camilla Koolmeister
    • Nils-Göran Larsson
    • Anna Wredenberg
    • Joanna Rorbach
  • Molecular neurobiology – division head: Patrik Ernfors
    • Patrik Ernfors
    • Ernest Arenas
    • Sten Linnarsson
    • Per Uhlén
    • Ulrika Marklund
    • Goncalo Castelo-Branco
    • Jens Hjerling-Leffler
    • Onur Dagliyan
    • Core-facilitet: VirusTech
    • Core-facilitet: BIC
    • Core-facilitet: BioM Virus labb
  • Vascular Biology – division head: Ulf Eriksson
    • Ulf Eriksson
    • Lars Jakobsson

List of research groups

Find a list of all research groups at MBB

Core facilities

There are eight core facilities for research at MBB.

MBB PhD and Post-doc Board

The Board consists of doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers from different research divisions at MBB. 

The main objectives of the Board are:

  1. to represent doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers from each research division;
  2. to encourage networking and collaboration within different research divisions;
  3. to organize events and activities to develop skills at the individual and team level;
  4. to enhance the university experience. 

Read more here