SciLifeLab: Research for molecular life sciences

Molecular life science research is evolving rapidly. As an increasingly crossdisciplinary and collaborative endeavour, it requires combining expertise in fundamental biology with computer science, engineering, chemistry, and physics.

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The research at SciLifeLab is performed within two main focus areas: health and environmental research. SciLifeLab gather scientists in a broad range of molecular bioscience research to facilitate networking and multidisciplinary studies. The center has a strong focus on genomics, comparative genetics, proteomics, functional biology and bioimaging.

One important aim of the research at SciLifeLab is to understand, diagnose and treat diseases like cancer, cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s disease and infectious diseases. Identification of genetic risk factors, biomarkers, and molecular mechanisms behind these diseases will give opportunities for early diagnosis, personalized therapy, and identification of novel drug targets.

Another focus is an increased molecular/mechanistic understanding of microbes that can lead to new bioenergy production and new tools to monitor the Baltic Sea. Moreover, life science depends on advanced, often costly instruments and complex methods that are frequently beyond the capacity of an individual laboratory, or even a university.

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Read more about two specific cases for impact based upon SciLifeLab research:

Research community programs (RCPs)

To facilitate internationally competitive, cutting-edge collaborative research across Sweden, SciLifeLab supports seven Research Community Programs (RCPs) – networks that connect top researchers with each other and with the SciLifeLab infrastructure:

  • Biology of Molecular Interactions
  • The Human Protein Atlas
  • Large-scale clinical genomics and complex diseases
  • The Human Developmental Cell Atlas
  • Aquatic Microbiome Research Initiative
  • Phenotypic Drug Discovery in Human Disease
  • Swedish Tumor Microenvironment (STorM) Program

Read more about the specific RCPs on the SciLifeLab webpage .

About SciLifeLab


Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm University, Uppsala University and KTH. National facilities are also hosted at Lund University, Umeå University, Gothenburg University and Linköping University.


Several hundreds of senior researchers are engaged in SciLifeLab during.


SciLifeLab receives approximately SEK 150 million annually in government SRA grants. The national infrastructure is furthermore receiving approximately 250 million in SciLifeLab directed grants.


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