I started my PhD in May 2008. I did my master in Molecular Biology at Lund University and my exam project in Microbiology in Klas Flärdh's group in 2007. Part of my inspiration to become a PhD student came from the Microbiolgy course that I took in 2006. The course was the main reason that made me look for an exam project in Microbiology. During my exam project, I realized that I wanted to continue working with microbiology and applied for a PhD position that was available in Klas Flärdh's group.
I study cell division in the bacteria Streptomyces coelicolor which is an important model organism in the phylum Actinobacteria. The most famous relative of S. coelicolor is Mycobacterium tuberculosis which is responsible for the increasing and widespread disease tuberculosis. Our ultimate goal is to find novel antibiotics targeted against M. tuberculosis cell division.
I am working on a project involving S. coelicolor cell division with focus on the widely conserved cell division gene ftsZ. This project will hopefully give us insight into actinobacterial cell division and allow us to develop a screen for novel cell division inhibitors in M. tuberculosis.
I was previously the PhD representative on the COB board, and am currently PhD representative in the Scientific activities group (SACT).
During my free time, I like to cycle and play floorball.