I have since my PhD continued to work in virology of arctic mammals, mostly reindeer and seals. My work ranges from epidemiological studies of viral infections in the Arctic to molecular aspects of viral pathogenesis of herpesvirus and discovery of new viruses in reindeer and other arctic animals.
I am very interested in the study of virulence mechanisms specially those regulating the host-pathogen interaction and the pathogen evasion from the host immune system. This is special relevant for agents of veterinary and zoonotic relevance such as vector born viruses. When additionally there is a risk for contact between wildlife and domestic animals or wildlife and invasive species, the detection of agents and the comprehension of their pathogenesis is of vital importance.
I am also interested in the clinical aspects of this diseases, reason for which animal experimentation is also part of my work and a background for my current position at UiT.
I am also the manager of a circum-polar researcher's network focused on reindeer health and education named RANGIFER HEALTH which website can be visited at www.rangifer-health.com
As associate professor position at the University of Tromsø at the Department of Comparative Medicine I deal mostly with animal welfare and use of animals for scientific experiments being responsible for the course in field work animal experimentation. I have experience and focus on health surveillance, microbiology and infectious diseases.