Laboratory of Chemical and Synthetic Systems Biology

at SciLifeLab Stockholm

Our laboratory is applying new synthetic and chemical biology methods to understand chromatin structure and function. We are developing tools to engineer proteins in living cells based on genetic code expansion and unnatural amino acid mutagenesis. We will, for example, control and probe chromatin proteins using light-activated and bioorthogonal chemistries. These methods, combined with quantitative, high-throughput, proteomic and genomic read-outs, will allow us to dissect the complex mechanisms governing chromatin dynamics, histone modifications and epigenetic inheritance.


Simon Elsässer is appointed as Wallenberg Academy Fellow

Lab retreat with team building and strategic sessions at Solvik

Welcome visiting students Maximilian Hornisch (Munich), Jana Braunger (Heidelberg) and Mrinal Panday (KTH)

Dörte Schlesinger
attends the MBL Physiology Course 2019

Simon Elsässer takes up visiting fellowship at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin

Histones win the Lasker Award: Congratulation to David Allis and Michael Grunstein

Welcome summer students Ruth Lappalainen and Laura Neises

Dörte Schlesinger
wins Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD Fellowship

Welcome master and project students Turid Everitt, Alexandra Morscher, Johannes Heimgärtner, Javier Gomez, Sofia Kalaidopoulou, Minh Nguyen Trung

Rui Shao
 is accepted to The Swedish Bioinformatics Advisory Program

Björn Högberg, Ana Texeira, Simon Elsässer receive collaborative Wallenberg Project Grant

Welcome summer and master students Rumeysa Ermis, Franziska Liss, Matthias Block, Kyle Kimler, Marianne Simon, Justine Brun

Computer Scientist Carmen Navarro Luzon joins the lab

Elsässer lab receives Wallenberg Bioinformatics support grant

Dörte Schlesinger joins the lab

Rozina Caridha joins the lab

Lorenzo Lafranchi and Angelo Salazar join the lab

Elsässer lab receives a two collaborative doctoral education grants from KI

Elsässer lab receives a Cancerfonden grant

Simon Elsässer is named a Ragnar Soderberg Fellow in Medicine 2016

Elsässer lab receives a grant from the
The Ming Wai Lau Centre for Reparative Medicine

Rui Shao
joins lab on CSC PhD student scholarhip.

 Philip Yung joins the lab on Croucher Foundation Fellowship

Elsässer lab receives an ERC Starting Grant!!

Welcome summer student Laura Neises

Welcome new students Helena Ishak, Alexander Kühn and Mareike Bach

Thanks for a contribution by the Clas Groschinsky Foundation

Meet Simon at the Bridging Worlds Through Science conference

Congratulations to Maria Pires passing her MSc defense

Welcome new Students Banushree Kumar and Annika Faucon

Congratulations to Evan Alsaleem passing his MSc defense

Welcome new students Lea van Husen, Daniel Horn, Taotao Xiang

Anna-Maria Katsori wins Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation Postdoc Fellowship

Simon Elsässer receives grant from The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education for establishing an international collaboration for Alzheimer’s research

Simon Elsässer has been appointed to the Global Young Academy

Elsässerlab receives grant from Åke Wibergs Foundation


We are always looking for talented Master, PhD candidates and Postdocs

Please contact us for more information at simon at

Funding from the Strategic Research Programme in Molecular Biosciences (strategiska forskningsområdet Molekylär biovetenskap)




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