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Markus Tamas


Markus Tamas
Professor , Head of Department
molecular biology/genetics/biochemistry/yeast
+46 31 786 2548

Room number: 1450
Postal Address: Box 462, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Medicinaregatan 9 c , 41390 Göteborg

Department of Chemistry & Molecular Biology (More Information)
Box 462
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 2599
Visiting Address: Medicinaregatan 9 C , 413 90 Göteborg

About Markus Tamas

Contact details: Lundberg Laboratory, Medicinaregatan 9, Room number 1415



Molecular biology of metal toxicity and tolerance

Many metals endanger the environment and human health, but are also increasingly used as therapeutic agents for medical treatment. Yet, little is known about the molecular mechanisms causing metal toxicity or the mechanisms by which eukaryotic cells counteract toxicity and acquire tolerance.
To gain insights into metal action and cellular tolerance mechanisms, we use front-line tools in molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, chemical biology and functional genomics. We study (1) transport proteins through which metals enter or leave cells, (2) signal transduction and transcriptional regulatory mechanisms that cells use to sense and respond to metals, and (3) proteins and cellular processes that are targeted by metals. We use the model eukaryote Saccharomyces cerevisiae to explore fundamental aspects of metal biology and also as a heterologous expression system to study tolerance factors from other organisms such as plants and mammals.

Publications ResearcherID: www.researcherid.com/rid/E-8183-2010

Publications Google Scholar: scholar.google.se/citations

Research team: Stefanie Weber (PhD student), Joana Rodrigues (PhD student), Sansan Hua (PhD student), Antonia Romero (postdoc)


  • Eukaryotic Molecular Microbiology (BIO440)
  • Molecular Microbiology (BIO277)
  • Cell biology (BIO900)



  • Head of Department: Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology



Markus J. Tamás studied molecular biology and biochemistry in Lund (Sweden) and Liège (Belgium) and spent a year as a research scholar at the Public Health Research Institute in New York (USA). Markus completed his PhD at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) in 1999 and then moved to Gothenburg. Markus was awarded an assistant professorship by the Swedish Research Council in 2003 and became professor in eukaryotic microbiology in 2010.

Latest publications

Editorial: Molecular Mechanisms of Metalloid Transport, Toxicity and Tolerance.
Gerd Patrick Bienert, Markus J. Tamás
Frontiers in cell and developmental biology, Editorial letter 2018
Editorial letter

Misfolding and aggregation of nascent proteins: a novel mode of toxic cadmium action in vivo.
Markus J. Tamás, Bruno Fauvet, Philipp Christen, Pierre Goloubinoff
Current genetics, Review article 2018
Review article

Cadmium Causes Misfolding and Aggregation of Cytosolic Proteins in Yeast.
Therese Jacobson, Smriti Priya, Sandeep K Sharma, Stefanie Andersson, Sofia Jakobsson et al.
Molecular and Cellular Biology, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Arsenic Directly Binds to and Activates the Yeast AP-1-Like Transcription Factor Yap8.
Nallani Vijay Kumar, Jianbo Yang, Jitesh K Pillai, Swati Rawat, Carlos Solano et al.
Molecular and cellular biology, Journal article 2016
Journal article

Disentangling genetic and epigenetic determinants of ultrafast adaptation.
Arne B Gjuvsland, Enikö Zörgö, Jeevan Ka Samy, Simon Stenberg, Ibrahim H Demirsoy et al.
Molecular systems biology, Journal article 2016
Journal article

The mitogen-activated protein kinase Slt2 modulates arsenite transport through the aquaglyceroporin Fps1.
Doryaneh Ahmadpour, Ewa Maciaszczyk-Dziubinska, Roja Babazadeh, Sita Dahal, Magdalena Migocka et al.
FEBS letters, Journal article 2016
Journal article

HwHog1 kinase activity is crucial for survival of Hortaea werneckii in extremely hyperosmolar environments.
Anja Kejžar, Morten Grøtli, Markus J. Tamás, Ana Plemenitaš, Metka Lenassi
Fungal genetics and biology : FG & B, Journal article 2015
Journal article

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Identifying factors involved in the cellular response to arsenic
Michael Thorsen, Erik Kristiansson, Olle Nerman, Markus J. Tamás
Functional Genomics Conference - from birth to death, Göteborg, Sweden, Conference contribution 2004
Conference contribution

A Regulatory Domain in the C-terminal Extension of the Yeast Glycerol Channel Fps1p
Kristina Hedfalk, Roslyn M. Bill, Johathan G.L. Mullins, Sara Karlgren, Caroline Filipsson et al.
Journal of biological chemistry , Journal article 2004
Journal article

Turgor restoration: the critical event in signal cessation of the HOG pathway
Bodil Nordlander, Peter Gennemark, Markus J. Tamás, Sara Karlgren, Dag Wedelin et al.
Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology Meeting, Seattle, USA, Conference contribution 2004
Conference contribution

Identification of residues controlling transport through the yeast aquaglyceroporin Fps1 using a genetic screen
Sara Karlgren, Caroline Filipsson, Jonathan G.L. Mullins, Roslyn M. Bill, Markus J. Tamás et al.
European journal of biochemistry, Journal article 2004
Journal article

Identifying factors involved in the cellular response to arsenic
Michael Thorsen, Erik Kristiansson, Olle Nerman, Markus J. Tamás
Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology Meeting, Seattle, USA, Conference contribution 2004
Conference contribution

Transcriptional Activation of Metalloid Tolerance Genes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae Requires the AP-1–like Proteins Yap1p and Yap8p
Robert Wysocki, Pierre-Karl Fortier, Ewa Maciaszczyk, Michael Thorsen, Anick Leduc et al.
Molecular Biology of the Cell, Journal article 2004
Journal article


Gis4p is a novel component of ion homeostasis in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Tian Ye, X Bao, Markus J. Tamás, Stefan Hohmann
Yeast, Conference contribution 2003
Conference contribution

Metalloid tolerance based on phytochelatins is not functionally equivalent to the arsenite transporter Acr3p.
Robert Wysocki, Stephan Clemens, Daria Augustyniak, Pawel Golik, Ewa Maciaszczyk et al.
Biochemical and biophysical research communications, Journal article 2003
Journal article

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