The Nordic Archaeal Network

The Nordic Archaeal Network comprises a network of fourteen research groups collaborating on studies of the archaea - a group of single-celled microorganisms that comprise the third domain of life on Earth, after bacteria and eukaryotes.

Archaea as a model for human biology

The archaea are abundant across the planet, comprising up to 25% of the Earth‘s biomass.

The abundance and diversity of the archaea make them an important topic for research in their own right. The similarity between various archaeal and eukaryotic cell processes also means that archaeal organisms and archaeal proteins can be used as model systems for studying these processes.

New biology

The archaea also offer enormous opportunities for the discovery of new biological processes with potential medical or industrial applications. Understanding the function of these unique proteins can lead to the development of novel tools for biotechnology as well as having an important impact on our understanding of how life on the planet evolved.

The researchers in the Nordic Archaeal Network work with diverse aspects of archaeal cell and molecular biology and virology in the Nordic research area (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Finland) and beyond (France, Germany and the UK).

Facts about the project
Project leader

Stuart MacNeill, University of Copenhagen, Denmark