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DNA from 35 000 year old woman
For the first time, researchers have successfully sequenced the entire genome from the skull a woman who lived 35,000 years ago. Read more.
Current Research at our department
The Department of Organismal Biology is part of the Evolutionary Biology Centre and here you can read more about our research. Our research programs are Evolution and Development, Environmental Toxicology, Systematic Biology, Comparative Physiology, Physiological Botany and Human Evolution. The research at the department has a developmental and evolutionary theme including early vertebrate evolution, plant development and innate immune reactions in invertebrates and the phylogeny of these processes. The deepest branches in the tree of life are search for using bioinformatics and experimental molecular techniques. Research about how chemicals of anthropogenic origin interact with cellular functions and give rise to long-lasting adverse health effects in humans and wildlife is also performed. The department further harbors the SciLifeLab Zebrafish Facility. The department also has a collaboration with Scilife lab for ancient DNA. The Scilifelab ancient DNA facilitity is located here.
Do you want to become a biologist?
All bachelor's and master's biology educations and other biology courses at undergraduate level are coordinated all by the Department of Biology Education (IBG). At IBG, biologists are trained with diverse specializations such as cell biology, ecology, evolution, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, conservation, structural biology, systematics, toxicology, etc. Also engineers with specializing in biotechnology and bioinformatics, as well as teachers in biology and general science are educated at IBG. The Department of Organismal Biology is part of Evolutionary Biology Centre, a world-leading center for research and education, which attracts researchers and students from all over the world. If you are interested to continue as a researcher, you can read more about our postgraduate programs.