During 2018 DBB became an even larger Department, after the merge between the Departments of Neurochemistry and biochemistry and biophysics. We are now one of the largest departments within our faculty. DBB is also one of the most successful when it comes to the ability to attract external funding, which we are very happy about. A glance at our webpage reveals that we excel in many different areas, which is of course the reason for this. Among others, David Drew was recently awarded a prestigious ERC consolidator grant, the only one awarded to a researcher at SU, and Alexey Amunts received an ERC starting grant earlier this fall, congratulations to both of you! Several of our researchers have been awarded prizes and honors, including the Novo Nordisk Foundation Novozymes Prize to Gunnar von Heijne. We should not forget that we also have dedicated teachers and earlier this year Rob Daniels was awarded teacher of the year, the most prestigious award given to any teacher at SU, for his creativity in teaching.


To make work more efficient, when it comes to running the Department, the Department board recently decided to appoint two deputy Heads of Department, one with a special responsibility for first and second cycle education, and one for handling DBB matters at SciLifelab. This is a good opportunity for the Department to put more emphasis on these two areas. Dan Daley has been appointed as deputy Head with a responsibility for education, and Arne Elofsson as responsible for SciLifeLab issues starting January 1, 2019.


From January 1, we will only have two directors of study for first and second cycle education, as Andreas Barth will no longer continue as director of study for the advanced level. From now, all questions concerning studies on the advanced level will be handled by Anna-Lena Ström, and on the basic level by Pia Harryson as usual. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Andreas for all his hard work with organizing, developing and administrating our education on the Masters. A big thank you to Andreas!


I also would like to inform/remind you that we have new rules for financing PhD student. PIs are now required to finance 23 months of students time with external funding and there is a limit to how many students that can be financed according to this plan in each research group. Rules for this can be found on our webpage.


Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of you for making 2018 a great year, and would like to wish you all relaxing holidays and a Happy New Year. See you all in 2019.  


All the best