Join as the Faculty of Pharmacy inaugurates 3 new Professors

2023-11-03

More efficient immune defense, drug development and treatments are in focus as the Faculty of Pharmacy inaugurates our three new Professors Sara Mangsbo, Luke Odell and Maria Kjellsson. Welcome to listen to lectures from the research frontline in the University Main Building 15 and 17 November.

New Professors: Sara Mangsbo, Luke Odell and Maria Kjellsson
New Professors: Sara Mangsbo, Luke Odell and Maria Kjellsson

In the third week of November, Uppsala University invites you to the 2023 inauguration lectures. At the Faculty of Pharmacy, Luke Odell, Sara Mangsbo and Maria Kjellsson have been promoted to Professors and will present their research on 15 and 17 November in the Uppsala University Main Building.

“That our relatively small faculty inaugurates three new professors is of course very positive. They all conduct research in fascinating areas and I can warmly recommend everyone with an interest in science to listen to their lectures,” says Dean Mathias Hallberg, who will introduce the Professors in room IX on Wednesday 15 November at 2:05 p.m.

Sara Mangsbo busy with Science outreach
Sara Mangsbo busy with Science outreach

First on the podium is Sara Mangsbo, new Professor of Protein and Antibody Drugs, who will lecture on Pharmacologically Controlled Immune Defense, The utopia that became reality (Farmakologiskt styrt immunförsvar, utopin som blev verklighet). Sara was recruited in 2017 as part of Uppsala University's investment in biological drugs in pharmacy. Since then, Sara Mangsbo has been named Entrepreneur of the Year, received the Hjärnäpplet innovation award and earned a place on IVA's 100 list of Sweden's most promising research projects with her acclaimed method Adaptable Drug Affinity Conjugate.

Luke Odell in the Pharmaceutical Lab
Luke Odell in the Pharmaceutical Lab

Wednesday, we will also listen to Luke Odell, new Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, who will lecture on New chemical tools for more efficient drug development (Nya kemiska verktyg för effektivare läkemedelsutveckling). Luke was recruited in 2006 as a postdoc in Preparative Medicinal Chemistry and is today leading his own team that have, among many things, developed a new class of chemical compounds for Mass Spectrometric Imaging of the brain's neurotransmitters – a method currently used at universities and companies worldwide.

At the Inauguration of Professors in the Uppsala University Main Auditorium 17 November, Maria Kjellsson, new professor of Pharmacokinetics, will lecture on The best dosage of a fistful of drugs (Bästa doseringen av en näve läkemedel). During her 20 years at Uppsala University, Maria has had a central position in several scientific advances regarding diabetes diseases and tuberculosis, and also as a teacher at the Faculty of Pharmacy's undergraduate and Master programmes, where Maria has a far-reaching commitment in the work with the rapidly increasing internationalisation.

Maria Kjellsson represents the Disciplinary Domain
Maria Kjellsson represents the Disciplinary Domain

“It is a great honor to be given the task of representing the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy on such a solemn occasion. My lecture will describe the field of pharmacokinetics from a popular science perspective: Why does it take some time for drugs to have the intended effect? How can you know in advance that the effect of a dose will remain for a certain time? What will happen if you combine several drugs and how do we know that we are using available drugs in the best possible way," says Maria Kjellsson.

FACT INAUGURATION OF PROFESSORS 2023

  • Sara Mangsbo and Luke Odell lecture 15 November, 14.05–15.00, in the Uppsala University Main Building, room IX.
  • Maria Kjellsson lectures 17 November, 15.00–17.00, in the Uppsala University Main auditorium
  • The inauguration and all lectures are open to the public. No tickets are required.
  • The inauguration lectures 15 November are live streamed but not filmed.
  • The Inauguration of Professors 17 November is filmed but not live streamed. 
Inauguration of Professors in the Uppsala University Main auditorium
Inauguration of Professors in the Uppsala University Main auditorium

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CONTACT

Sara Mangsbo, Professor
Department of Parmacy
Sara.Mangsbo@farmaci.uu.se

Luke Odell, ProfessorLuke Odell, Professor
Department of Medicinal chemistry
Luke.Odell@ilk.uu.se

Maria Kjellsson, professorMaria Kjellsson, Professor
Department of Parmacy
maria.kjellsson@farmaci.uu.se

text: Magnus Alsne, photo: Mikael Wallerstedt, private

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