Since 1st of January 2015 I am Professor in synthetic biology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) institute of biotechnology. Before that I was research director in the non-profit research institution SINTEF. My major research activities are within microbial molecular biology, mainly combining metabolic engineering, synthetic biology and systems biology to develop microbial cell factories, and focusing both on the products and on the raw materials. The research includes
Bioprocesses for the optimized, integrated production of butyl esters from sustainable resources (BESTER)
Industrial Biotechnology is a key enabling technology to produce a plethora of different bio-based products from sustainable resources and a driver for developing the bio-based economy in Europe. Systems biology and Synthetic biology are recent additions to the biotechnology toolbox that in interplay with bioprocess and chemical process technology can help developing competitive industrial
A joint NTNU and SINTEF project to establish a knowledge platform on DHA synthesis and lipid accumulation in the native DHA-producing thraustochytrids, and to develop these into high productivity omega-3 fatty acid producing cell factories.
INBioPharm - Integrated Novel Natural Product Discovery and Production Platform for Accelerated Biopharmaceutical Innovation from Microbial Biodiversity project will develop a new, generic technology platform for the more efficient discovery of novel bioactive compounds with improved prospects to become medical products. A unique national collection of marine microorganisms at SINTEF/NTNU will be used as the basis for the development of different new, complementary molecular biology, analytical
Programme: Independent Projects
Public web page: https://digitallifenorway.org/gb/projects/inbiopharm
There is an urgent need for novel antibiotics to fight life-threatening infections and to counteract the increasing problem of propagating antibiotic resistance. Recently, new molecular genetic and biochemical tools have provided insight into the enormous unexploited genetic pool of environmental microbial biodiversity for new antibiotic compounds. New tools for more efficiently lifting this hidden treasure are needed to strengthen competitiveness of European industry, as well as for a cost-saving
Global metabolic switching in Streptomyces coelicolor
Antibiotics are made during the second phase of growth when there is a transition in metabolism from primary to secondary metabolism. Primary metabolism is growth related and involves all the normal cellular activities associated with cell growth and division. Whereas secondary metabolism is non-growth linked and is non-essential but many important activities occur during this phase which help the bacterium survive.