Aiming for the spring seminars

Pär Matsson, who is the new chair of the SciLifeLab The Svedberg seminar series, reveals that this spring will offer a couple of news.

Pär Matsson has been part of the SciLifeLab The Svedberg seminar series committee for over a year and has from this January assumed the chairmanship of the series.

− It is exciting to work more with the seminar series. Aris Moustakas who has chaired it for many years has done a great job of managing and developing the seminar series. It will be fun to take this to the next level during the spring.

The seminar series is given in Uppsala and is open for everyone to attend. Bioscience researchers at Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences can suggest which researchers they would like to have as speakers. The committee gathers the proposals and chooses which researchers to invite in order to assure a good distribution in various disciplines and high quality of the speakers. Those who have submitted proposals will then act as hosts for their invited researchers.

− It is a fantastic opportunity for an individual researcher to simply submit a proposal and get so much of the practical details with the visit arranged. The series is a great opportunity to listen to world-class scientists and meet them in a rather small group where you often get the opportunity to discuss your own research with them.

New for this semester is that the lectures will be held every other week instead of every week. This way the committee can improve the quality of every lecture and to a greater extent receive leading scientists from all around the world.

− Another new thing is that we have a lecture that will be more about scientific theory than the usual seminars, which often are connected to a certain scientific field. That lecture is scheduled in April and will, among other things, be about creativity and research fraud. I think it will be of a broad interest for everyone regardless of research field.

Pär Matsson’s own research is about cellular drug transport. He studies the link between the structures of drug molecules and their cellular and subcellular distribution. To do this he combines techniques for in vitro transport experiments in human cells, chemical informatics, and computational modeling.

– These transport processes are extremely important for getting the right effect from a drug. The drug molecule can bind perfectly to its target, but if it doesn’t get there, it still won’t work.


Short facts:

Name: Pär Matsson

Profession: Researcher at the Department of Pharmacy, Uppsala University.

Connection to SciLifeLab: Chair at SciLifeLab The Svedberg seminar series. Is involved in the SciLifeLab facility UDOPP as scientific advisor in computational ADME modeling.

Leisure activities/hobbies: Spending time with his family and photography.

What you didn’t know about Pär Matsson: He considered a career in graphic design before he decided to steer his course towards science.


Published February 2015
Sara Engström