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Emma U. Hammarlund

I wonder why it took so long for large lifeforms to evolve on Earth, and I focus on the chemical and biological changes that led up to the Cambrian explosion of animal diversity. To explore these changes, I utilize both geochemistry that reflects ocean chemistry at the Precambrian/Cambrian boundary, and experimental biology to decipher the prerequisites of tissue formation. The formation and evolution of tissue can be studied, in fast-track, via tumors. Tumors repeatedly demonstrate a capacity to jump from unicellularity to multicellularity, and they use cellular abilities that were acquired during evolution. These abilities are likely to still remain important for tissue maintenance, whether or not the tissue is malignant or normal. An evolutionary view on the interactions within tissue and between tissue and the environment is, therefore, an important step when getting at the history of life.

Current projects revolve around oxygen sensing mechanisms and Paleozoic water column chemistry. The research is possible thanks for funding from the Swedish Research Council, the Crafoord Foundation, the Royal Physiographic Society, the Gyllenstiernska Krapperup Foundation, and Magnus Bergvall Foundations. The research is also possible thanks to post-doc Hwei-yen Shen and to other excellent collaborators.

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Emma Hammarlund
E-mail: emma [dot] hammarlund [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Researcher

Division of Translational Cancer Research

+46 46 222 64 27

MV 404 C32C3

Medicon Village, Building 404 C3, Sheelevägen 2, Lund

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Principal investigator

LUCC - Lund University Cancer Centre

Researcher

Lithosphere and Biosphere Science

Sölvegatan 12, Lund

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