More than 20 research groups are active at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. The research projects span across a broad range of topics covering various aspects of structure and function of biological systems. A major fraction of these topics are centered on biological membranes, where many groups working within this area are part of the Center for Biomembrane Research, which is hosted by the department. Also the Stockholm Bioinformatics Centre and the Science for Life Laboratory are closely linked to the department. The combination of the highly interdisciplinary expertise and research projects at the department is unique in Sweden and also at an international level. This expertise ranges across cell biology, biochemistry, biophysics and theory. Some specific topics that are addressed include membrane protein biogenesis, membrane protein topology & assembly, mitochondria & chloroplasts, protein structure & function, protein folding & trafficking, lipid biosynthesis & function, energy conversion, biochemical toxicology, DNA-RNA-PNA interactions, biological nitrogen fixation, viral membrane glycoproteins, protein structure & disease, bioinformatics, computational structural biology and development of theoretical tools.
To be accepted as a PhD student, credits corresponding to four years of full-time studies at the undergraduate level are required, including credits corresponding to at least two years of fulltime studies in chemistry, life sciences or physics, depending on the program.