Synne Simonsen Hansen

Senior lecturer. DVM. PhD.

Job description

Senior lecturer attached to the subject unit for physiology. The position involves 70% teaching and 30% research work.

PhD completed at the Cardiovascular Research Group at the Department of Medical Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Tromsø, Arctic University of Norway.

Central research areas are myocardial remodeling linked to nutritional and hormonal stress. Obesity, type II diabetes and heart failure.

Belongs to the Vascular Biology research group.

  • Synne Hansen, Tina Myhre Pedersen, Julie Marin, Neoma Tove Boardman, Ajay M. Shah, Ellen Aasum et al.:
    Overexpression of NOX2 Exacerbates AngII‐Mediated Cardiac Dysfunction and Metabolic Remodelling
    Antioxidants 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Anne Dragøy Hafstad, Synne Simonsen Hansen, Jim Lund, Celio X.C. Santos, Neoma Tove Boardman, Ajay M. Shah et al.:
    NADPH oxidase 2 mediates myocardial oxygen wasting in obesity
    Antioxidants 2020 ARKIV / DOI
  • Matthew Hancock, Anne Dragøy Hafstad, Adam A. Nabeebaccus, Norman Catibog, Angela Logan, Ioannis Smyrnias et al.:
    Myocardial NADPH oxidase-4 regulates the physiological response to acute exercise
    eLIFE 2018 ARKIV / DOI
  • Synne Simonsen Hansen, Ellen Aasum, Anne Dragøy Hafstad :
    The role of NADPH oxidases in diabetic cardiomyopathy
    Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular Basis of Disease 2018 ARKIV / DOI

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    Publications outside Cristin

    Research interests

    PHD: 08-2014 - 06-2022 Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges Arktiske Universitet - Grad: Doktorgrad - Helsevitenskap - Fakultet/avdeling: Helsevitenskaplig fakultet.

    Tittel: Myocardial metabolic, structural and functional remodelling following nutritional and hormonal stress.


    Aim of thesis:

    The overall aim of this thesis was to increase our knowledge related to the underlying mechanisms ofdiabetes-induced cardiomyopathy. The primary objectiveof the first two papers wasto elucidate the role of the reactive oxygen species (ROS)producing enzyme, NADPH oxidase 2 (NOX2), in the development of cardiac dysfunction in obesity/diabetes. We also wanted to examine the potential link between activators of NOX2, such as Angiotensin II (AngII)and fatty acids, in mediating cellular stress, myocardial oxygenwasting and impaired energetics in the heart.


    Affiliation: Physiology teaching unit.

    Teaching duties and responsibilities:

    Bachelor in Nursing: Course leader and teacher on SYD-1110 Anatomy, physiology and biochemistry

    Bachelor in Nursing: Course leader and teacher on SYP-1110 Anatomy, physiology and biochemistry

    Bachelor in paramedicine: Lecturer on PAR-1110 Anatomy, physiology and biochemistry

    Bachelor in physiotherapy: Lecturer on FYT-1110 Physiological basis for movement and function

    Bachelor in radiography: Head of subject for physiology and lecturer on RAD-1120 Anatomy and physiology

    Bachelor in biomedicine: Lecturer on MBI-1104 Physiology, anatomy and histology

    Medicine first year of study: Head of subject and lecturer in physiology MED-1501

    Odontology first year of study: Subject leader and lecturer in physiology ODO-2006

    Medicine second year of study: Lecturer in physiology MED 2501

    Odontology second year of study: Lecturer in physiology ODO-2009 Biomedicine 2

    HEL-0700 Cooperation, ethics and basic academic skills in health and social sciences. Tutor.

    Master in biomedicine first semester. Lecturer in laboratory technique and theory.

    Master in biomedicine. Lecturer in physiology and tutoring MBI-3016 Human physiology

    Bachelor in biomedicine: Supervisor responsibility for bachelor's thesis. 2 candidates as main supervisor, 2 candidates as assistant supervisor.

    Exam work:

    Med-1501 medicine first year: Examination committee, preparation of written examination and examination.

    MBI-1104 Preparation and censorship of written examination.

    RAD-1104 Preparation and censorship of written examination.

    MBI-3016 Preparation and censorship, oral exam.



    08-2014 - 06-2022UIT - PHD , PhD , Credits/weighted number: 180 , Doctorate in health sciences - Medical biology

    08-2004 - 01-2010 Copenhagen University - DVM - Master in veterinary science , Veterinary medicine , Credits/weighted number: 330 , Has taken professional training in veterinary medicine. 5.5 years education. Has the title of master in veterinary science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.


    07-2022: Senior lecturer at the Department of Medical Biology. Subject Physiology. Field of study medicine, dentistry, nursing, paramedicine, physiotherapy, biomedicine, dental care, bioengineering and radiography.

    04-2017 University of Tromsø, Norwegian Arctic University - University lecturer (100%), Teaching at the physiology department. Field of study medicine, dentistry, bioengineering and radiography.

    06-2010 - 08-2014Tromsø Veterinary Center - Veterinary (100%), Work primarily as an inpatient veterinarian for dogs/cats with internal medicine as the main focus. Also has ample surgical experience. This job also involved ambulatory work as a large animal veterinarian with work in cattle, horses, sheep, goats and pigs. Here, too, both internal medicine and surgery.

    Other positions and management responsibilities:

    01-2023: Head of physiology teaching at UIT, temporary position 1 year.

    01-2023: Head of subject 1.4 medicine and dentistry first year. MED-1501

    01-23: Subject leader decentralized nursing studies first year. SYD-1110

    01-23: Subject leader nursing studies first year. SYP-1110

    Representative in the veterinary association for the University of Tromsø.