Luca Jovine

Luca Jovine

Visiting address: Blickagången 16, 14152 Flemingsberg
Postal address: H7 Medicin, Huddinge, H7 BioNut Jovine, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I am a professor of structural biology and my research group studies the molecular basis of egg-sperm interaction at fertilization, a topic that is directly relevant to both understanding human infertility and identifying potential new methods of non-hormonal contraception. In parallel, we investigate a set of proteins that contain the same zona pellucida (ZP) module found in egg coat subunits but perform completely different biological functions. This part of our work has implications for the treatment of urinary tract infections - the most common type of non-epidemic bacterial infection in humans -, as well as kidney and vascular diseases.

    More information on our research may be found on my research group's page (

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  • Professor, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet, 2024-
  • Researcher, Department of Biosciences and Nutrition, Karolinska Institutet, 2019-2024
  • Professor, Department of Biosciences and Nutrition, Karolinska Institutet, 2013-2024

Degrees and Education

  • Ph.D, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge, 2000

Distinction and awards

  • Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation Project Grant, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, 2019
  • Center for Innovative Medicine Senior Investigator Grant, Karolinska Institute, 2015
  • Hugo Theorell Prize for Biophysics, Svenska Föreningen för Biokemi, Biofysik och Molekylärbiologi, 2013
  • Göran Gustafsson Prize for Chemistry, Göran Gustafsson Foundation, 2012
  • Erik K. Fernström Prize, Fernströmstiftelsen, 2011
  • ERC Starting Grant, European Union, 2011
  • EMBO Young Investigator, European Molecular Biology Organization, 2010
  • Sven och Ebba-Christina Hagberg Prize for Medical Research, Sven and Ebba-Christina Hagberg Foundation, 2010
  • Human Frontier Science Program Long-Term Fellow, International Human Frontier Science Program Organization, 2001
  • EMBO Long-Term Fellow, European Molecular Biology Organization, 2001

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