Emma Lundberg

Emma Lundberg, Associate Professor
KTH Royal Institute of Technology


Research Interests

Our research is focused on spatial proteomics and cell biology. At the interface between bioimaging and proteomics are fundamental aspects of human cell biology systematically assessed at a single cell level using an antibody-based approach. The aim is to understand how human proteins are distributed in time and space, how variations and deviations in localization can contribute to cell type specificity as well as disease.

Compartmentalization of biological processes is a fundamental principle of eukaryotic cells that enables multiple processes to occur in parallel. The compartments are specialized for a particular cellular function and contain the molecules needed to fulfill it. Defects in compartment organization or protein mislocalization underlie the cause of many forms of human disease. Despite a great deal of research, basic questions about the spatial organization of many proteins and biological processes remain unanswered. Using computational image analysis we are also investigating variations of protein spatiotemporal expression patterns at the single cell level, in relation to the cell cycle or other deterministic factors.

A part of our work is the creation of the Cell Atlas, part of the Human Protein Atlas project, where the subcellular localization of all human proteins is being determined.

We are currently performing a Citizen Science project called “Project Discovery” for classification of protein patterns in microscope images, integrated into the massively multiplayer online Sci-Fi game Eve Online with over 200.000 participants to date.

Emma Lundberg is also Facility Director of High Content Microscopy.


Group members

Martin Hjelmare, Technology project manager
Peter Thul, Lab manager Cell Atlas
Charlotte Stadler, Head of High Content Microscopy national facility
Devin Sullivan, Postdoc
Frida Danielsson, Postdoc
Diana Mahdessian, PhD-student
Casper Winsnes, PhD-student
Lovisa Åkesson, PhD-student
Anna Bäckström, Research engineer
Rutger Schutten, Research engineer
Christian Gnann, Research engineer
Jenny Fall, Lab technician


Key publications

  • Thul PJ, Åkesson L, Wiking M, Mahdessian D, Geladaki A, Ait Blal H, Alm T, Asplund A, Björk L, Breckels LM, Bäckström A, Danielsson F, Fagerberg L, Fall J, Gatto L, Gnann C, Hober S, Hjelmare M, Johansson F, Lee S, Lindskog C, Mulder J, Mulvey CM, Nilsson P, Oksvold P, Rockberg J, Schutten R, Schwenk JM, Sivertsson Å, Sjöstedt E, Skogs M, Stadler C, Sullivan DP, Tegel H, Winsnes C, Zhang C, Zwahlen M, Mardinoglu A, Pontén F, von Feilitzen K, Lilley KS, Uhlén M, Lundberg E. A subcellular map of the human proteome. Science (2017)
  • Uhlen M, Bandrowski A, Carr S, Edwards A, Ellenberg J, Lundberg E, Rimm DL, Rodriguez H, Hiltke T, Snyder M, Yamamoto T. A proposal for validation of antibodies. Nat Methods (2016).
  • Uhlén M, Fagerberg L, Hallström BM, Lindskog C, Oksvold P, Mardinoglu A, Sivertsson Å, Kampf C, Sjöstedt E, Asplund A, Olsson I, Edlund K, Lundberg E, Navani S, Szigyarto CA, Odeberg J, Djureinovic D, Takanen JO, Hober S, Alm T, Edqvist PH, Berling H, Tegel H, Mulder J, Rockberg J, Nilsson P, Schwenk JM, Hamsten M, von Feilitzen K, Forsberg M, Persson L, Johansson F, Zwahlen M, von Heijne G, Nielsen J, Pontén F.Tissue based map of the human proteome. Science (2015).
  • Danielsson F, Skogs M, Huss M, Rexhepaj E, O’Hurley G, Klevebring D, Pontén F, Gad AK, Uhlén M,Lundberg E.Majority of differentially expressed genes are down-regulated during malignant transformation in a four-stage model. PNAS (2013).
  • Stadler, Rexhepaj, Singan, Murphy, Pepperkok, Uhlén, Simpson, Lundberg. Immunofluorescence and fluorescent-protein tagging show high correlation for protein localization in mammalian cells.Nat Methods (2013).

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