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Meet some of our Excellent Researchers

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg engage the best collaborators and partners from around the world to create knowledge that has a global impact on society. The Vice-Chancellor provides strategic co-funding to support the delivery of research that attracts funding from international strategic programmes.

Here, you can find out about the work of some of the researchers that have received awards from the Vice Chancellor’s co-funding scheme and discover what drives and motivates them.

The scheme is open to researches seeking funding from the following programmes: ERC, Wallenberg Academy Fellows, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Project, Wallenberg Scholars, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond’s programme and Pro Futura.

Elin Naurin

Elin Naurin wants to increase the awareness of the political consequences of pregnancy

Elin Naurin researches on political effects of pregnancy and child birth. She is an Assistant Professor in political science and a Wallenberg Academy Fellow.

'Pregnancy as process hasn't been researched enough as political process'

Fredrik BäckhedFredrik Bäckhed studies how the microbiota affects our metabolism

Fredrik Bäckhed’s research focuses on how the microbiota affects our metabolism and how it contributes to metabolic disease. He is a Professor in molecular medicine and receiver of ERC Consolidator Grant.

'Future challenges are the development of treatments based on the microbiota'

Henrik ZetterbergHenrik Zetterberg wants to develop a simple blood test for Alzheimer's disease

Henrik Zetterberg researches neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's. He is a Professor in neurochemistry and a Wallenberg Academy Fellow.

'The first changes in the body begin long before disease symptoms arise'

Johanna HöögJohanna Höög wants to understand how human sperm cells can swim

Johanna Höög researches the flagella inside the human sperm cell, and in 2018 she did the first high resolution 3D reconstructions of human sperm cells with cryo-electron tomography. She is an Assistant Professor in Cell Biology.

'We saw a structure that had never been seen in flagella before and screamed straight out'

Maria FalkenbergMaria Falkenberg studies how mutations occur in our genome

Maria Falkenberg does basic research on the genome, in particular the mitochondria DNA. She is a Professor in Biomedical Laboratory Science, a Wallenberg Academy Fellow and has an ERC Consolidator Grant.

'We’ve worked out several of the basal replication mechanisms in the mitochondrial DN'

Mia LiinasonMia Liinason researches how feminism can change various aspects of society

Mia Liinason researches feminism as a transformative project, and social justice in a global perspective. She is a Professor in Gender Studies and a Wallenberg Academy Fellow.

'Feminism is about moving boundaries'

Staffan I LindbergStaffan I Lindberg directs the world’s largest dataset on democracy

Staffan I Lindberg is a Professor in Political Science and Director of the V-Dem Institute (Varieties of Democracy). He is a Wallenberg Academy Fellow and receiver of ERC Consolidator Grant 2017-2021.

'We have shown that democracy is good for growth and for human development'


Annika Wall
Research communications officer
University of Gothenburg
Phone: +46 31-786 2015

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