Molecular Life Science
The Molecular Life Science profile area examines the macromolecules that control the function of living cells, for example control of chemical processes, metabolism and communication between cells. By learning to understand these processes, the potential of treating diseases in humans as well as in plants and animals increases. The field is directly linked to several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, such as Good Health and Well-Being, Zero Hunger, Life Below Water, Life on Land, as well as Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.
At the University of Gothenburg, there are approximately 60 research teams in the field and that several of them are very successful is demonstrated by the latest Shanghai Ranking: Human Biological Sciences at the University of Gothenburg is ranked highest in Sweden (23rd place internationally) and Biological Sciences is ranked second in Sweden (36th place internationally).
– The field involves collaboration between the Faculty of Science and the Sahlgrenska Academy, but also the IT Faculty, for example when it comes to machine learning to highlight relationships within large biological data sets and to extract new functional and medical insights that would otherwise not have been available. We also collaborate with external stakeholders, such as Astra Zeneca. Biotechnology is big in Gothenburg, so even from a Västra Götaland perspective, an investment in this area is very significant, explains Richard Neutze, Professor of Biochemistry.