Staffan Normark

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Staffan Normark

Jan Staffan Normark, born 1945, is a Swedish physician, microbiologist and infectious disease researcher. He grew up in Umeå and was awarded his Ph.D. at Umeå University in 1971.[1] At the end of the 1970s, he was one of the first Swedish scientists to use the new genetic engineering tools in infection-related research.[2] In 1980, he was made a professor at Umeå University, then the university's youngest. 1989 he was recruited as professor of molecular microbiology to Washington University in St. Louis.[3] 1993 he returned to Sweden as professor of infectious disease control, in particular clinical bacteriology, at Karolinska Institutet.[4] From 1999 to 2005 he served as the Executive Director of the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF). In 2008 he was active at Umeå University to build up a research group within bioinformatics and infection research. Much of his research in the 2000s have focussed on pneumococcus.

Normark was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1987[5] and took up the position as the Academy's permanent secretary on July 1, 2010, when he succeeded Gunnar Öquist.[3]

1992 he was awarded the Göran Gustafsson Prize in medicine and in 1999 he was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. He was elected a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences in April 2019.[6]

Staffan Normark is married to Birgitta Henriques-Normark, also a professor and researcher within infectious disease at Karolinska Institutet.[7]


  1. ^ Normark, Staffan: Genetic, physiological and ultrastructural studies on a chain-forming mutant of Escherichia coli K12 with increased sensitivity to several antibiotics, Diss., 1971, Umeå
  2. ^ Umeå University, November 24, 2008: Staffan Normark – en världsledande infektionsforskare har återvänt (in Swedish)
  3. ^ a b Kungl. Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences: Staffan Normark blir ny ständig sekreterare, press release April 15, 2010 (in Swedish)
  4. ^ Karolinska Institutet: Staffan Normark, accessed April 19, 2010
  5. ^ Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien, Matrikel 1991, ISSN 0302-6558, p. 72.
  6. ^ "2019 NAS Election". National Academy of Sciences. April 30, 2019.
  7. ^ Karolinska Institutet: Birgitta Henriques-Normark Archived 2011-07-18 at the Wayback Machine, accessed April 19, 2010

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