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



  • March 2022: Our paper on the novel staphylococcal morphology determinant SmdA has been published in mBio!

  • January 2022: Sara Arbulu started as a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow in the lab. She will work on the project BOB, where she will study how oral streptococcal pathogens form biofilms and how bacteriocins and bacteriocin immunity genes contribute to this process. Welcome, Sara!

  • January 2022: Inteview with Ine, where she talks about her PhD-project, is published at A piece about Ine's work is also published in Dagens Medisin!

About MolMik

Contact information

Visiting Address

Dairy Building
Kirkeveien 4 
1430 Ås

We are located in MU128.