Ylva Ivarsson obtained her PhD in Biochemistry from Uppsala University in 2006, which was followed up by three international postdocs (Italy, Belgium and Canada) on the diverse topics such as protein folding and misfolding, protein-phospholipid interactions and motif-based protein-protein interactions.  Dr. Ivarsson was awarded a Young Investigator grant from the Swedish Research Council and returned to Sweden to start her independent lab in the Department of Chemistry, Uppsala University in July 2013.  Since 2020 she is a full professor of biochemistry. The Ivarsson lab combines biochemical and biophysical methods with bioinformatics and cell-based approach to explore interactions between modular domains and short linear motifs found in the intrinsically disordered regions of target proteomes. The research is focused on affinity, specificity, regulation and deregulation of these motif-based interactions.

Brief curriculum vitae:


Jan 2020 –                            Professor of Biochemistry, Dep. of  Chemistry – BMC, UU


Dec 2017 – Jan 2019          Senior lecturer (tenured), Dep. of  Chemistry – BMC, UU

July 2013 – Nov 2017         Assistant/associate professor, Dep. of Chemistry – BMC, UU


Feb 2012 – April 2013        Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto, Canada.

Feb 2009- Dec 2011            Postdoctoral Fellow, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

Sep 2006- Jan 2009            Postdoctoral Fellow, “La Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy

EDUCATION (Uppsala University)   

2015                                      Docent in Biochemistry, UU

2006                                      PhD in Biochemistry, Dep. of Biochemistry, UU

2001                                      Master of Science with specialization in Chemistry, UU


2015, 2017               Course responsible, PhD course Macromolecular interactions in  biological Systems

2018 –                      Course responsible & lecturer,  Biochemical Technology, 10 credits

2015 –                      Course responsible and lecturer, Master level course Molecular recognition in Biological Systems, 15 credits

2014-16                    Lecturer, Bachelor level course Protein, structure and function, 10 credits


2019 –                        Equal opportunity committe member,  Dep. Chemistry – BMC

2018-19                     Editorial board member BBRC

2017                          Hearing congregation, TekNat, UU, deputy member

2016 –                        Electorate congregation, TekNat, UU, deputy member

2015 –                        Departmental board, Department of Chemistry – BMC

2016 –                        WP leader & management board member Marie Curie ITN “PDZnet”

2016 –                        Protein Module Consortium (


Sci Signal, Nat Com, Nat Prot, Biochemistry, BMC Evol Biol, Sci Rep, PLOS ONE, Bioinformatics, Membranes, Exp Rev Proteomics, ChemMedChem, PEDS, and other


2017-22                    Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research framework grant

2017-20                    Swedish Research Council

2016-19                    EU Marie Curie ITN

2014-18                   Ollie & Elof Ericsson’s foundation

2015-16                   Carl Trygger’s foundation

2013-15                   Åke Wiberg foundation

2013-14                   Magnus Bergvall foundation

2013-16                   Swedish Research Council

2013                         The Lars Hierta Memorial Foundation

2011                         FWO project grant, Belgium


2009-11                     EMBO Long-Term Fellowship

2006-08                     Wenner-Gren Foundations, Sweden


Ivarsson lab has more than 15 international collaborations, with Dr. Norman Davey as a core collaborator.  We also collaborate with groups at UU (Deindl lab, ICM; Jemth lab, Lind lab, Chemistry – BMC; IMBIM; Söderberg lab, FarmBio).


2020                       EMBO workshop on Intrinsically disordered proteins: From molecules  to systems, Bengaluru, India (

2019                       The 2019 Tiselius symposium, Uppsala, Sweden  (

2018                       EMBO workshop on Modularity of Signaling Proteins and Networks, Seefeld, Austria.  (


Total number of publications: 42, many in high impact journals including Nature Communications, Nature Medicin,  Nature Cell Biol. Nature Struct Mol Biol, PNAS, JACS and Mol Sys Biol.

See google scholar for citation information.