UU, Upsala University


The Department of Neuroscience at Uppsala University is committed to research and education about the nervous system. Our research aims to increase our knowledge about normal nervous system functions and our understanding of mechanisms underlying abnormal development, diseases and injuries of the nervous system, as well as to develop improved treatments for these conditions. The research at the department is performed by different independent research groups, which in many cases closely collaborate with each other as well as with other national and international scientists. The research is experimental as well as clinical. The department is very well equipped with a wide range of techniques, especially for behavioural studies, imaging, electrophysiology, molecular biology, functional genomics and proteomics.

Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology at Uppsala University conducts research within the three major areas of genomics, biochemistry and molecular cell biology, immunology and microbiology with numerous active scientific exchanges and collaborations between the three sections. In addition, much of the research is interdisciplinary in character and involves collaboration with other departments at Uppsala University and other universities. Core facilities for proteomics and transgenic animals are present at the department.

Project team in WIN-FISH

Prof. Svante Winberg, The Department of Neuroscience has considerable experience in the areas of neuroethology and neuroendocrinology and has, during the last 15 years, carried out a substantial program on the effects of stress and social interactions on behaviour, brain functions, and neuroendocrine responses in various fish species.

Leif AnderssonProf. Leif Andersson, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology. His main research interest concerns the relationship between genetic and phenotypic variation. The research group has a strong competence in genetics, genomics, transcriptomics, whole genome sequencing and functional analysis. The aim is to reveal genes, causal mutations and mechanisms underlying phenotypic diversity. The research program has resulted in a number of gene discoveries including genes underlying muscle growth in pigs, gaits in horses, beak morphology in Darwin’s finches and male reproductive strategies in ruff. The group has also generated a genome assembly for the Atlantic herring and used whole genome sequencing to reveal more than 500 loci underlying ecological adaptation in this species. 

Role within WIN-FISH

Prof. Svante Winberg is responsible for WP4.

Prof. Leif Andersson is responsible for genome-wide association study (GWAS) in the Atlantic salmon with the aim to better understand the genetic basis for behavioural differences of relevance for applied aquaculture (WP4).

Learn more about the work packages of the WIN-FISH project



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