Short CV/Education and training

Current position

  • Since 2012
    Professor of Medical Microbial Physiology, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology

Previous positions

  • 2002 – 2012
    Associate Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology

  • 1998 – 2001
    Junior research group leader at the Gesellschaft für Biotechnologische Forschung (now Helmholtz Center for Infection Research), Braunschweig, Germany

Docent-level competence

  • 2002
    Molecular Microbiology, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany

Postdoctoral appointments

  • 1996 – 1998
    Karolinska Institutet, Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, Stockholm, Sweden, Mentor: Prof. Staffan Normark

  • 1993
    - 1995 Medical School of Hannover (MHH), Germany, Dept of Biophysical Chemistry, Cystic fibrosis research group, Mentor: Prof. B. Tümmler

Doctoral degree

  • 1993
    In Biochemistry about 'Genome analysis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa' at the Technical University of Hannover, Germany, Supervisor: Prof. Günther Maass, Prof. Burkhard Tümmler


  • 1983 – 1989
    Studies of Biochemistry (Diploma) at the Technical University of Hannover, Germany

Selected publications

  • Liu, Y, Lee C, Li F, Trcek J, Bähre H, Guo R-T, Chen C-C, Chernobrovkin A, Zubarev R and Römling U (2020) A cyclic di-GMP network is present in Gram-positive Streptococcus and Gram-negative Proteus species, ACS Infectious Diseases, 6:2672-2687. doi: 10.1021/acsinfecdis.0c00314.

  • Li F, Cimdins A, Rohde M, Jänsch L, Kaever V, Nimtz M, Römling U (2019) DncV synthesizes cyclic GAMP and regulates biofilm formation and motility in Escherichia coli ECOR31, mBio, 10: pii: e02492-18.

  • Lee CH, Kim H, Mansour Kamal S, Lünsdorf H, Nimtz, M, Jänsch L, Treck J, Bukau B, Mogk A, Römling U (2018) Stand-alone ClpG disaggregase confers superior heat tolerance to bacteria, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 115: E273-E282. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1712051115.

  • Lamprokostopoulou, A., Monteiro, C., Rhen, M. and Römling, U. (2010) C-di-GMP controls virulence properties of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium at the mucosal lining, Environ Microbiol, 12, 40-53.

  • Simm, R., Morr, M., Kader, A., Nimtz, M. and Römling, U. (2004) GGDEF and EAL domains inversely regulate cyclic di-GMP levels and transition from sessility to motility, Mol Microbiol, 53, 1123-1134.

  • Zogaj, X., Nimtz, M., Rohde, M., Bokranz, W. and Römling, U. (2001) The multicellular morphotypes of Salmonella typhimurium and Escherichia coli produce cellulose as the second component of the extracellular matrix, Mol Microbiol, 39, 1452-1463.

  • Römling, U., Rohde, M., Olsen, A., Normark, S. and Reinköster, J. (2000) AgfD, the checkpoint of multicellular and aggregative behaviour in Salmonella typhimurium regulates at least two independent pathways, Mol Microbiol, 36, 10-23.

  • Römling, U., Sierralta, W.D., Eriksson, K. and Normark, S. (1998) Multicellular and adhesive behaviour of Salmonella typhimurium strains is controlled by the agfD promoter, Mol Microbiol, 28, 249-264.

  • Römling, U., Wingender, J., Müller, H. and Tümmler, B. (1994) A major Pseudomonas aeruginosa clone common to patients and aquatic habitats. Appl. Environ Microbiol, 60, 1734-1738.

  • Römling, U., Grothues, D., Bautsch, W. and Tümmler, B. (1989) A physical genome map of Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO. EMBO J, 8, 4081-4089.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • A modern Escherichia coli K-12 representative

  • Cyclic di-GMP signaling in Bacteria

  • Regulation of rdar colony biofilm formation in Salmonella typhimurium and Escherichia coli

  • Molecular analysis of persistence mechanisms of world-wide prevalent Pseudomonas aeruginosa clone C

  • Biofilm formation in Candida parapsilosis

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Member of the European Academy of Microbiology, since 2017

  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Karachi, Pakistan, since 2016


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