The department is led by the Head of Department, who has the overall financial and organisational responsibility, and is also the Head of the Department Board. The Board decides on major matters concerning finances, teaching and organisation.

Below you can read more about how the department is organized. If you are employed at DBB, you will find more information about our organization on the intranet.

See the Contact page for contact information.


Department Management

Head of Department

Martin Högbom, Professor in Biochemistry

Deputy Head of Department

Christian Broberger, Professor in Neurochemistry

Associate Head of Department with responsibility for undergraduate studies

Daniel Daley, Professor in Biochemistry

Associate Head of Department with responsibility for SciLifeLab

Arne Elofsson, Professor in Bioinformatics

Head of Administration

Madeleine Hellzén


The Department Board decides on major matters concerning finances, teaching and organisation. The Board meets approximately once per month and is elected every three years.

The Department Board consists of:

  • Head of Department
  • Deputy Head of Department
  • 9 representatives from the teaching staff
  • 2 representatives from the T/A-staff
  • 4 student representatives
  • 4 alternate members from the teaching staff
  • 1 alternat member from the T/A staff

The department has a number of working groups that are active in different areas: Steering Group, Work environment and environment, Equality and equal treatment, Premises, Infrastructure, IT, Visibility, Procurement, PhD studies, Recruitment. These working groups consist of representatives from the department.

If you're employed at DBB, you can find more details about our working groups on our Intranet.


At present, around 30 research groups are active at the department. They do research in biochemistry, biochemistry with a focus on bioinformatics, biophysics, cell biology and neurochemistry. The research is often conducted in collaboration with other research groups both nationally and internationally.

Research groups


The PhD student council represents the doctoral students, who work at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, in meetings with DBB's board and in working groups.

Read more about the PhD student council on our intranet



SciLifeLab is a Swedish national scientific center for large-scale research in life sciences, medicine and the environment. SciLifeLab was started in 2010 jointly by the four universities Karolinska Institutet, the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University and Uppsala University. In 2013, SciLifeLab was designated a national research infrastructure and today SciLifeLab has operations at most major Swedish universities.

As a national research infrastructure, SciLifeLab's mission is to make advanced technology and expertise available to researchers from universities and colleges as well as other research practitioners throughout Sweden.

DBB makes up the majority of Stockholm University's part of the Science for Life Laboratory. Here, the department conducts research in biochemistry, bioinformatics, cryo-EM, pharmaceuticals, and DNA sequencing.



KRC – the National Research Center For Chemistry Teachers

KRC – the National Research Center For Chemistry Teachers – is an initiative of the Swedish Ministry of Education and Research, and Stockholm University. KRC supports chemistry teachers throughout primary and secondary school with the aim of promoting a stimulating, interesting and current teaching.

KRC is one of the organizations contributing to Chemistry Day ("Kemins dag" in Swedish) and the resource centre is also involved in developing the experiments that will be included in the material packages.

KRC - The National Research Center For Chemistry Teachers (the page is in Swedish)

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