Söderhäll lab

Invertebrate infection biology

We are investigating innate immune reactions in invertebrates and compare these reactions with those present in vertebrates. One example is melanization; a reaction that is present in virtually all organisms, but detailed studies on this reaction is mainly performed in crustaceans and a few insects. We use molecular and cell biological methods and investigate how microorganisms, such as fungi, bacteria and viruses interact with crayfish as host animals. An important process that we study is how blood cell-forming stem cells develop into mature blood cells and how this process is affected by various infections.

For students

If you are interested in our resaerch and would like to do a degree project (Bacheler/Master) or research internship contact Irene Söderhäll

Group members

Research leader: Irene Söderhäll

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