SciLifeLab, Science for Life Laboratory, is a Swedish
research center within molecular biosciences with focus on health and environment. To further strengthen the research environment at SciLifeLab the center
regularly recruits young, talented research leaders to
become SciLifeLab fellows. Each fellow is recruited
by one of the center host universities and receives
funding from them.
One of the SciLifeLab fellows is Paul Hudson whose
research focuses primarily on metabolism of photosyn-thetic cyanobacteria. Te idea is to manipulate the bacteria to make chemicals and fuels from carbon dioxide,
water and light, which are all free abundant resources.
Paul’s aim is always to link fundamental science with
“Our dream is to create a microorganism that can simultaneously reduce greenhouse gases and produce
something of value, like a fuel or chemical that we right
now can only get from oil”. Paul said.
Reducing green house gases with cyanobacteria
Paul did his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, US, and then moved on
to a Post Doc position in
proteomics at KTH Royal
Institute of Technology in
Sweden before he applied
for the SciLifeLab fellows
“Tere was this concept at
SciLifeLab of building up
expertise in high throughput
genomics and systems biology and I thought it would
be interesting to apply these new technologies to study
and engineer an ancient organism like cyanobacteria.
Te start up-package ofered lots of fnancial support,
which was appealing of course.”
“Right now we are applying systems biology tools to
cyanobacteria in a way that I think is only possible at
SciLifeLab. Being here has changed our scientifc approach to old problems; as a result I have started thinking about cellular processes in a diferent way. I also get
a lot of great input from the other SciLifeLab fellows.
For example, I sit next to Vicent Pelechano who is an
expert in RNA sequencing techniques. Applying these
makes our research unique in the feld of metabolic
Recently, Paul’s group also expanded to study other
bacteria, such as those that use hydrogen gas as their
energy source. Tat is very relevant for Sweden because
the country has an abundance of sources for hydrogen
like the forest industry and hydroelectric power where
electricity is used to split water and make hydrogen.
“Sweden is good for me professionally because there
are many avenues of support for environmental research. Te government and the industry in Sweden
are unifed in this and are consistent and serious in
wanting to reduce greenhouse gases. I can defnitely see
myself staying in Sweden.”
SciLifeLab – a national resource
SciLifeLab is a Swedish research center within
molecular biosciences with focus on health and
environment. It is also a national center with the
mission to develop, use and provide advanced technologies. The center infrastructure encompasses a
multitude of biomolecular technologies and bioin-formatics services. National funding makes SciLifeLab’s services and expertise available to researchers
in all of Sweden.
The center is a joint effort by four Swedish universities (Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of
Technology, Stockholm University and Uppsala University). Founded in 2010, the center today encompasses more than 1 200 researchers mainly located
in and around the two center nodes in Stockholm