Short CV/Education and training

Current Positions

  • Since 2014
    Associate Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Uppsala University, Sweden

  • Since 2015
    Regional director of studies, National Doctorate Program for Infection and Antibiotics, Sweden

  • Since 2016
    Co-ordinator for the mentorship program for young researchers at the faculty of Science and Technology, Uppsala University, Sweden

Previous Positions

  • 2014
    Wenner-Gren researcher, Faculty of Science and Technology / Department of Cell and Molecular Biology/Uppsala University, Sweden

  • 2011 – 2013
    Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology /University of California Santa Barbara, USA

  • 2010
    Researcher, Faculty of Medicine/Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology/ Uppsala University, Sweden


  • 2010
    PhD. Title: Dynamics of the Bacterial Genome – Rates and Mechanism of Mutation, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University, Sweden. Name of PhD Supervisor: Dan Andersson

  • 2004
    Master in Science (MSc), Facutly of Science and Technology, Department of Clinical Microbiology / Umeå University, Sweden

Selected publications

  • Nilsson AI, Koskiniemi S, Eriksson S, Kugelberg E, Hinton JC, Andersson DI. Bacterial genome size reduction by experimental evolution. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2005 Aug 23;102(34):12112-6. Epub 2005 Aug 12.

  • Koskiniemi S, Andersson DI. Translesion DNA polymerases are required for spontaneous deletion formation in Salmonella typhimurium. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 June 23;106(25):10248-53.

  • Koskiniemi S, Pränting M, Gullberg E, Näsvall J and Andresson DI. Activation of cryptic aminoglycoside resistance in Salmonella enterica. Mol Microbiol, 2011 Jun;80(6):1464-7.

  • Koskiniemi S, Sun S, Berg OG and Andersson DI. Selection driven gene loss in bacteria. PLOS Genetics 2012 Jun:8(6).

  • Koskiniemi S1, Lamoreux JG1, Nikolakakis KC2, t’Kint de Roodenbeke C2, Kaplan MD, Low DA and Hayes CS. Rhs proteins from diverse bacteria mediate intercellular competition. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2013 April 23:110(17):7032-7037.

  • Koskiniemi S, Gibbons HS, Sandegren L, Anwar N, Ouellette G, Broomall S, Karavis M, McGregor P, Liem A, Fochler E, McNew L, Rosenzweig CN, Rhen M, Skowronski EW, Andersson DI. Pathoadaptive mutations in Salmonella enterica isolated after serial passage in mice. PLOS one, 2013 Jul 25;8(7):e70147.

  • Koskiniemi S, Garza F, Sandegren L, Webb JS, Braaten B, Poole SG, Andersson DI, Hayes CS and Low DA. Selection of orphan Rhs toxin expression in evolved Salmonella, PLOS genetics, 2014 Mar 27;10(3):e1004255.

  • Koskiniemi S, Garza-Sánchez F, Edman N, Chaudhuri S, Poole SJ, Manoil C, Hayes CS, Low DA. Genetic analysis of the CDI pathway from Burkholderia pseudomallei 1026b, PLOS one, 2015. Mar 18;10(3):e0120265.

  • Koskiniemi S* and Elf J. Arming the neighborhood. Dev. Cell, 2016. October

  • Ruhe Z. C, Nguyen J. Y, Xiao J. Koskiniemi S, Beck C. M, Perkins B, Low D. A, Hayes C. S, CdiA effectors use modular receptor-binding domains to recognize target bacteria. mBio, 2017.

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Institutional Responsibilities

  • Teacher representative in the Advisory Committee for Collaboration, Faculty of Science and Technology, Uppsala University, Sweden, 2017 – 2019

  • Board member of the Department board, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Uppsala University, Sweden, 2017 – 2019

  • Assistant director of studies, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Uppsala University, Sweden, since 2015

  • Chair of Junior Faculty at Uppsala University, Sweden, 2015

  • Board Member of the Junior Faculty, Uppsala University, Sweden, since 2014

  • Member of the equal rights group at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, since 2014

  • Responsible for organization of the microbiology seminar series at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, 2014 – 2015

  • Supplementary Board Member of the Department Board, Faculty of Medicine,Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University, 2005 – 2008

  • Board Member in the Medical Faculty PhD Association, Uppsala University, 2006 – 2007

Commissions of Trust

  • Reviewer for journals like: PLOS Genetics, Nature Communications, JMB etc., since 2012

  • Chair of the dissertation committee during the PhD defense of Mohammadali Khan Mirzaei, Stockholm university, Sweden, 2016

  • Opponent during the PhD thesis defense of Nina Molin Høyland-Kroghsbo, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2014

  • Committee member during 50% evaluation of PhD studies for Lisa Praski Alzrigat and Eva Garmendia, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University, Sweden and Haris Charalampos Antypas, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska institute /Sweden, 2015

  • Committee member during the 75% evaluation of PhD studies for Anna Åsman, Department of Plant Biology and Forest Genetics, Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences, Sweden, 2014

Membership in Scientific Societies

  • Member of the Swedish Young Academy, 2016 – 2020

  • Vice chair of the Swedish society for microbiology (SFM), 2015 – 2019

  • Vice chair of the National Junior Faculty, 2015

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