Molecular Microbiology (MolMik)

Molecular Microbiology (MolMik)

Streptococcus pneumoniae

The Molecular Microbiology research group studies the bacterial pathogens Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus dysgalactiae and Staphylococcus aureus.

It is increasingly difficult to treat infections due to the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria (including penicillin-resistant S. pneumoniae and methicillin-resistant S. aureus, MRSA). An understanding of the underlying mechanisms behind antibiotic resistance will lead to better treatment methods. 

We study different molecular mechanisms to understand antibiotic resistance and identify novel antimicrobial target sites in pneumococci (S. pneumoniae) and staphylococci (S. aureus). These pathogens are responsible for millions of deaths worldwide every year.

News & new publications



  • November 2021: A new preprint from the lab on a novel cell division factor in Staphylococcus aureus. The preprint on the function of SmdA can be accessed here.

  • November 2021: Ragnhild Sødal Gjennestad started her PhD on antibiotic resistance in pneumococci. Welcome and good luck!

  • October 2021: New paper from collaboration with Laboratory of Microbial Gene Technology: discovery and characterization of a new bacteriocin - ubericin K - produced by a bacterium isolated from raw milk.

About MolMik

Contact information

Visiting Address

Dairy Building
Kirkeveien 4 
1430 Ås

We are located in MU128.