Who we are

Johan Bengtsson-Palme
Principal investigator, Assistant professor
PhD in Medicine (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
PostDoc at University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA)

MSc in Systems Biology (University of Gothenburg)
BSc in Biology (University of Gothenburg)

Research interests include antibiotic resistance, interactions in microbial communities, secondary effects of antibiotics, pathogen ecology, metagenomic methods, molecular taxonomy and perturbed ecosystems.

Anna Abramova
PhD in Natural Sciences (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
PostDoc at University of Gothenburg, Sweden
MSc in Marine Ecology (University of Nordland, Norway)
BSc in Biology (Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia)


Anna is working within the EMBARK project which is focused on establishing background levels of antibiotic resistance across the world. Her work is primarily focused on the development of methods for detection of emerging resistance using genome-resolved metagenomics and co-localization analysis.

Daniel Jaén-Luchhoro

Daniel is working in the JPIAMR-funded BIOCIDE program and is also associated with the Joakim Larsson lab.

Máté Vass

Máté is part of the DDLS program, funded by the Wallenberg foundation. He will work with microbial ecology and community interactions.

Emil Burman
Doctoral student
MSc in Molecular Biology (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
BSc in Molecular Biology (University of Gothenburg)

Emil is working on identifying specific genes that affect bacterial invasion and colonization success, particularly in the face of environmental stressors, most prominently in the form of antibiotics. His project will lead to a better understanding of the genetic mechanisms that make a bacterium a better or worse invader and will also provide insights into the secondary effects of antibiotic exposure in the environment beyond development of antibiotic resistance.

Mirjam Dannborg
Doctoral student
MSc in Molecular Biology (Umeå University, Sweden)
BSc in Molecular Biology (Umeå University)

Mirjam is working with microbial community interactions focusing on the human gut microbiome. Currently, she is establishing in vitro model systems for microbial communities in a gastrointestinal environment. These model systems will be used to unearth how perturbations such as antibiotic treatment affect interspecies interactions and community resilience to invasion by pathogens. Her project also seeks to understand what genetic mechanisms allow for successful invasions in established gut communities. 

Marcus Wenne
Doctoral student
MSc in Molecular Biology (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
BSc in Molecular Biology (University of Gothenburg)

Marcus is investigating if there is an increased selection pressure for antibiotic resistance in bacteria living in soil amended with environmentally relevant levels of antibiotics. To do this he is using a bioinformatic approach to examine soil samples exposed to different levels of antibiotics for different amounts of time. His project will contribute to the knowledge of where selection for antibiotic resistance is (or is not) taking place.

Vi Varga
Doctoral student
MSc in Bioinformatics (Lund University, Sweden)
BSc in Biological Sciences (University of Cincinnati, OH, US)
BA in German Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology (University of Cincinnati)


Vi utilizes bioinformatics-based approaches to study the evolution of antibiotic resistance and pathogenesis. Their goal is to identify and characterize proteins relevant to the processes by which bacteria develop resistance to a given antibiotic and transition from benign to pathogenic. Vi brings an interdisciplinary approach to their research, having studied archaeology during their undergraduate years.

Jorge Agramont Sanjines
Doctoral student

Jorge is a doctoral student funded by SIDA doing part his PhD thesis in the Bengtsson-Palme lab and part of it in the lab of Volga Iñiguez at UMSA in Bolivia.

Josue Madani Jarro
Doctoral student

Josue is a doctoral student funded by SIDA doing part his PhD thesis in the Bengtsson-Palme lab and part of it in the lab of Volga Iñiguez at UMSA in Bolivia.

Agata Marchi
Master’s Student

BSc in Biological Sciences (University of Milan, Italy)

Agata is working on her master’s thesis project, in which she is implementing a bioinformatic approach to identify differences between the genomes of host-associated and non host-associated strains of bacterial species that can act as opportunistic pathogens. Her goal is to compile a list of genes that are over-represented and under-represented in the pathogenic strains of each species and investigate their specific functions.

Márcia De Souza Eriksson
Master’s Student


Márcia is doing her thesis on antibiotic resistant bacteria in Swedish caves.

Lisa Teichmann
External associated Doctoral Student
(University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
MSc in Environmental Technology (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
BSc in Environmental Technology (University of Stuttgart)

Lisa Teichmann is a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam in the group of Stanley Brul (Molecular Biology and Microbial Food Safety). Her research focuses on the molecular mechanisms that are leading to the development of de novo resistance upon exposure to sub-lethal concentrations of antimicrobial agents. By knocking out different genes involved in stress-induced pathways in Escherichia coli, she is investigating the impact of these cellular mechanisms on the acquisition of antimicrobial resistance.

Nathália Abichabki
Visiting Doctoral Student

Nathália is a visiting doctoral student from the University of São Paulo.