Senior Councellor Marianne Sommarin
From 1 July 2016, Marianne Sommarin is senior adviser to the Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for research infrastructure at Umeå University.
Marianne Sommarin is former Deputy Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for research and doctoral education at Umeå University.
Marianne Sommarin is a Professor of Plant Biochemistry. She earned a PhD in Biochemistry at Lund University in 1983 and then began postdoctoral studies at the Department of Physiological Botany, Lund University.
During 1983-1989 she served as Research Council Assistant and University Lecturer at the Department of Physiological Botany in Lund, and as a special researcher and lecturer at the Department of Plant Biochemistry since 1989.
Marianne Sommarin was appointed Professor of Plant Biochemistry at Lund University with effect from 1 January 2000, and since 2003 has performed research on a half-time basis at the Faculty of Science and Technology at Umeå University.
Her research is focuses on regulation at the molecular level of plant nutrient uptake and also the regulation of the calcium metabolism of plant cells, including the mechanisms that plants develop to recognize and respond to environmental stress signals in the form of, for example, cold weather.
Marianne Sommarin has extensive experience in the preparation of research grant applications and as a member of the scientific council for natural and engineering sciences at the Swedish Research Council. She has been a director of studies for a graduate school in plant and forestry biotechnology which involved post-graduate students and supervisors at Umeå, Uppsala, Stockholm and Lund University, and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Umeå. She is now the director of studies for Umea University’s Chemical-Biological Centre of Research (KBC).