Who we are

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

MSc in Systems Biology (University of Gothenburg)
BSc in Biology (University of Gothenburg)
Started the group in 2017

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 from (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.

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

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.

Haveela Kunche
Master student
BTech in Biotechnology (K L University, India)

Haveela is working on identifying the genes and factors responsible for antibiotic resistance and invasion ability in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Her project extends our work on the P. aeruginosa invasion ability and involves systems biology approaches to identify the location of genes involved in antibiotic tolerance and then use this knowledge to better understand their resistance mechanisms.