Molecular Biosciences – SciLifeLab
SciLifeLab is a national center for molecular biosciences with focus on health and environmental research. This research facility combines frontline technical expertise with advanced knowledge of translational medicine and molecular bioscience.
Science for Life Laboratory – SciLifeLab – is a joint effort between four Swedish universities Karolinska Institutet (KI), KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University and Uppsala University but serves as a national resource for all of Sweden. The infrastructure at SciLifeLab includes advanced technologies for high-throughput molecular biosciences. SciLifeLab is situated at two nodes: Stockholm and Uppsala and more than 200 research groups are associated with the center.
The SciLifeLab center was established in 2010, with support from the Swedish government. It is the results of strategic research funding in the field of molecular biosciences to a joint initiative from the Karolinska Institute, the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University and an initiative from Uppsala University. The government entrusted SciLifeLab with the assignment to be a national resource in 2013. This assignment was prolonged in the proposed research bill for the years 2017-2020.
Today, SciLifeLab is a national center that develops, uses and provides access to advanced technologies for molecular biosciences with focus on health and environment. Researchers from all of Sweden can use both the technology and the know-how that is present at SciLifeLab.
SciLifeLab at Karolinska Institutet
The Stockholm node of SciLifeLab is situated at Campus Solna. The close proximity to KI and the Karolinska University Hospital greatly facilitates collaborations with clinically oriented groups, and provide such groups easy access to the established infrastructure.
The funding’s for SciLifeLab under the strategic research areas was in 2013 released for research in each university. To deal with KI's activities in SciLifeLab the Board of Research at KI decided to create the KI SciLifeLab group, which amongst other things is commissioned to manage available SFO funds and facilities within SciLifeLab.
An interim management group has been appointed for SciLifeLab during the period January to June 2017, by the vice-chancellors of the four host universities. KI has appointed Lars Engstrand as Scientific Director, Vice-Dean of Infrastructure Stefan Eriksson has been appointed Integration Director, and the Dean of Research Anders Gustafsson is the new KI representative in the national board of SciLifeLab. Members of the internal KI-SciLifelab group is currently Pontus Aspenström, Thomas Helleday, Mats Wahlgren, and Anna Wedell.