Maria Fällman is a professor in Medical microbiology at Umeå University´s Department of Molecular Biology and an Icelab Affiliate. She performed her undergraduate studies in Molecular Biology at Umeå University and her PhD studies at University of Linköping, she was recruited to Umeå University as Forskarassistent in 1996.
The research in the FallmanLab aims at understanding molecular mechanisms behind the ability of bacteria to adapt to different environments. Current work involves studies of bacterial adaption mechanisms of importance for maintenance of infection using transcriptomic analyses combined with classical molecular biology methods. The group has been involved in developing advanced methods for RNA extraction and in vivo gene expression analyses. The work includes experimental systems with chronic mouse infections of model bacteria such as Yersinia pseudotuberculosis and Salmonella Typhimurium as well as analysis of in vivo bacterial gene expression of bacteria from human patient samples. Data analyses are now expanded to include system biology and machine learning, approaches for cross microbial comparisons in this Icelab connected project.