Bilde av Stensvåg, Klara
Bilde av Stensvåg, Klara
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Klara Stensvåg


Professor/Marine Biotechnology

Job description

Klara Stensvåg (dr. scient) is professor in Marin Biotechnology at The Norwegian College of Fishery Science at the Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics. She is the head of the research group in Marine Bioprospecting. Her research concerns antimicrobial compounds and genes of marine origin as source of developing novel antibacterial compounds with new mechanisms of actions against antimicrobial resistant bacteria. Stensvåg is also the leader of an interfaculty collaborations aiming to develop biofilm inhibiting compounds that in the future can be used in within medicine or industrial context. The research group is member of CANS, Centre for new antibacterial strategies.

She is also programe coordinator for the programs in Biotechnology (Bachelor) and Marine Biotechnology (master).


  • Manuel K Langer, Ataur Rahman, Hymonti Dey, Trude Anderssen, Hans-Matti Blencke, Tor Haug et al.:
    Investigation of tetrasubstituted heterocycles reveals hydantoins as a promising scaffold for development of novel antimicrobials with membranolytic properties
    European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 2023 ARKIV / DOI
  • Jonathan Hira, Klara Stensvåg :
    Evidence for association of Vibrio echinoideorum with tissue necrosis on test of the green sea urchin Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis
    Scientific Reports 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Manuel K Langer, Ataur Rahman, Hymonti Dey, Trude Anderssen, Francesco Zilioli, Tor Haug et al.:
    A concise SAR-analysis of antimicrobial cationic amphipathic barbiturates for an improved activity-toxicity profile
    European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 2022 ARKIV / FULLTEKST / DATA / DOI
  • Igor E Kasheverov, Yulia A. Logashina, Fedor D Kornilov, Vladislav A Lushpa, Ekaterina E Maleeva, Yuliya V. Korolkova et al.:
    Peptides from the Sea Anemone Metridium senile with Modified Inhibitor Cystine Knot (ICK) Fold Inhibit Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors
    Toxins 30. December 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Ida Kristine Østnes Hansen, Johan Isaksson, Aaron G. Poth, Kine Østnes Hansen, Aaron John Christian Andersen, Céline Sarah Marine Richard et al.:
    Isolation and characterization of antimicrobial peptides with unusual disulfide connectivity from the colonial ascidian Synoicum turgens
    Marine Drugs 2020 ARKIV / DOI
  • Jonathan Hira, Deanna Wolfson, Aaron John Christian Andersen, Tor Haug, Klara Stensvåg :
    Autofluorescence mediated red spherulocyte sorting provides insights into the source of spinochromes in sea urchins
    Scientific Reports 2020 ARKIV / DOI
  • Jonathan Hira, Solveig Bentdal, Hege Devold, Klara Stensvåg, Bjarne Landfald :
    Vibrio echinoideorum sp. nov., isolated from an epidermal lesion on the test of a green sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis)
    International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 2019 DOI
  • Klara Stensvåg, Tor Haug, Gabriel Magno de Freitas Almeida, Ida Kristine Østnes Hansen :
    Antibacterial natural products from the ocean - a promising source for future antiinfectives
    2023 PROSJEKT
  • Ataur Rahman, Manuel K Langer, Hans-Matti Blencke, Tor Haug, Johanna U Ericson, Morten B. Strøm et al.:
    Development of novel antimicrobial peptides: two classes with improved antimicrobial and antibiofilm activity
    2023 PROSJEKT
  • Klara Stensvåg :
    Havet som skattekammer – hva er framtidsmulighetene? 
    2023
  • Christoffer Ågnes, Ataur Rahman, hege Devold, Klara Stensvåg, Morten B. Strøm, Tor Haug :
    Antibacterial and antibiofilm activity in Arctic and sub-Arctic marine benthic invertebrates
    2023
  • Ataur Rahman, Christoffer Ågnes, Andrea Iselin Elvheim, Ida Kristine Østnes Hansen, Hans-Matti Blencke, Bjarne Landfald et al.:
    Molecular characterization of marine bacteria and their potential as being antimicrobial producers: a pilot study using co-cultures
    2023
  • Manuel K Langer, Ataur Rahman, Hymonti Dey, Trude Anderssen, Hans-Matti Blencke, Tor Haug et al.:
    Tetrasubstituted hydantoins: Novel membranolytic antimicrobials
    2023
  • Christoffer Ågnes, Ataur Rahman, Hege Devold, Klara Stensvåg, Morten Bøhmer Strøm, Tor Haug :
    Antibacterial and antibiofilm compounds in six marine invertebrates from Arctic and sub-Arctic Oceans
    2023
  • Ataur Rahman, Manuel K Langer, Bartosz Michno, Hans-Matti Blencke, Tor Haug, Johanna U Ericson et al.:
    In vivo toxicity and activity of newly developed novel analogues of short-cationic antimicrobial peptides as novel antibacterial agents
    2023
  • Ataur Rahman, Manuel K Langer, Bartosz Michno, Hans-Matti Blencke, Tor Haug, Johanna U Ericson et al.:
    In vivo toxicity and activity of newly developed novel analogues of short-cationic antimicrobial peptides as novel antibacterial agents
    2023
  • Sabuj Hosen, Ataur Rahman, Klara Stensvåg, Gabriel Magno de Freitas Almeida :
    Isolation and Characterization of Bacteriophages from the Arctic
    2023
  • Sabuj Hosen, Ataur Rahman, Klara Stensvåg, Gabriel Magno de Freitas Almeida :
    Isolation and Characterization of Bacteriophages from the Arctic Ocean
    2023
  • Lotta-Riina Sundberg, Victoria Queiroz, Juliana Miranda Tatara, Waleed Abbas, Zaaron Ricky, Klara Stensvåg et al.:
    The search for Nordic giant viruses
    2023
  • Isabel Victoria Rey, hege Devold, Arthur Sørensen, Katharina Stark, Eiril Limstrand, Klara Stensvåg et al.:
    Building a collection of aquaculture-related phages in the Arctic (Norway)
    2023
  • Waleed Abbas, Gabriel Magno de Freitas Almeida, Klara Stensvåg :
    Exploring the Presence of Norwegian Giant Viruses in the Arctic: Isolation attempts using water samples and determination of viral characteristics
    UiT Norges arktiske universitet 2023
  • Sabuj Hosen, Gabriel Magno de Freitas Almeida, Klara Stensvåg, Ataur Rahman :
    Isolation and Characterization of Bacteriophages from the Arctic
    UiT Norges arktiske universitet 2023
  • Zaaron Ricky, Gabriel Magno de Freitas Almeida, Klara Stensvåg :
    Screening for viruses using unicellular eukaryotes as hosts
    UiT Norges arktiske universitet 2023
  • Jocelyn Hernandez Palerud, Klara Stensvåg, Arinze Akoli :
    mpact of CRISPR Cas 9 procedures on expression of selected immune genes in salmonids
    UiT Norges arktiske universitet 2023
  • Ataur Rahman, Christoffer Sivertsen, Andrea Iselin Elvheim, Ida Kristine Østnes Hansen, Bjarne Landfald, Tor Haug et al.:
    Antimicrobial compounds from Arctic and sub-Arctic marine bacteria and their potential against ESKAPE pathogens
    2022
  • Ataur Rahman, Andrea Iselin Elvheim, Christoffer Ågnes, Ida Kristine Østnes Hansen, Bjarne Landfald, Hans-Matti Blencke et al.:
    Antimicrobial and antibiofilm potential of marine bacteria
    2022
  • Klara Stensvåg, Ekaterina Mishchenko, Hans-Matti Blencke, Andrea Iselin Elvheim, Christoffer Ågnes, Ataur Rahman et al.:
    Health beneficial antimicrobials from marine natural Arctic and sub-Arctic resources
    2022 PROSJEKT
  • Jeanette Hammer Andersen, Klara Stensvåg, Kjetil Rydland :
    Jaktar på medisinar i havet
    30. September 2022 PROSJEKT
  • Klara Stensvåg :
    Medisiner fra havet. Fra kråkeboller til antibiotika
    2022 PROSJEKT
  • Klara Stensvåg :
    Havet som kilde til nye medisiner
    2022 PROSJEKT
  • Klara Stensvåg :
    Bioteknologi og bærekraftig marin næringsutvikling. Bioteknologi programmene ved NFH
    2022
  • Klara Stensvåg, Arnfinn Sundsfjord, Pål Jarle Johnsen, Hanna-Kirsti S. Leiros, Lise Nordgård :
    CANS - Centre for New Antibacterial Strategies
    2022 PROSJEKT
  • Ida Kristine Østnes Hansen, Tor Haug, Klara Stensvåg, Hans-Matti Blencke :
    Antimicrobial peptides from the Arctic ascidian Synoicum turgens
    UiT Norges arktiske universitet 2022
  • Marte Strømmen, Klara Stensvåg, Odd-Gunnar Wikmark :
    The effect of microplastic on natural transformation and biofilm formation using Acinetobacter baylyi as a model organism
    UiT Norges arktiske universitet 2022
  • Inga Elda, Berit Bang, Miriam Grgic, Klara Stensvåg :
    Protein extracts from Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) for fish allergy diagnostics
    UiT Norges arktiske universitet 2021
  • Haakon Knutsen, Jonathan Hira, Tor Haug, Klara Stensvåg :
    Naphthoquinone pigments from the green sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis
    UiT Norges arktiske universitet 2021
  • Inga Elda, Klara Stensvåg, Berit Elisabeth Bang :
    Protein extracts from Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) for fish allergy diagnostics
    UiT Norges arktiske universitet 2021
  • Sharifa Buchana Imani, Klara Stensvåg, Odd-Gunnar Wikmark, Elisabeth Aarag Fredheim :
    Antibiotic resistance profiles and polystyrene biofilm formation capabilities of bacteria isolated from wastewater in Tromsø
    UiT Norges arktiske universitet 2021
  • Ataur Rahman, Manuel Karl Langer, Hymonti Dey, Jonathan Hira, Ekaterina Mishchenko, Annette Bayer et al.:
    Novel antimicrobial and biofilm-inhibitors from marine resources
    2020
  • Ataur Rahman, Ekaterina Mishchenko, Deanna Wolfson, Hymonti Dey, Johanna U Ericson Sollid, Klara Stensvåg :
    The adhesion and internalization of Staphylococcus aureus into human epithelial cells
    2020
  • Liudmila Sorokina, Jan-Arne Arnesen, Birthe Vang, Klara Stensvåg, Jeanette Hammer Andersen :
    Enzymatic protein hydrolysis of residual raw material from Atlantic cod - Selectivity of proteases, outcome and bioactivities
    UiT Norges arktiske universitet 2020
  • Jonathan Hira, Deanna Wolfson, Tor Haug, Klara Stensvåg :
    A simplified and robust method for isolating red spherule cells, and important immune cell of echinoderms
    2020
  • Pål Are Enbusk, Alice Marie Pedersen, Aaron John Christian Andersen, Ragnar Ludvig Olsen, Tor Haug, Klara Stensvåg :
    Hydrolysat fra raudåte (Calanus finmarchicus). Effekt av avsalting ved bruk av nanofilter
    UiT Norges arktiske universitet 2020
  • Yulia A. Logashina, Runar Gjerp Solstad, Yuliya V. Korolkova, Irina V. Mosharova, Sergey A. Kozlov, Klara Stensvåg et al.:
    Sea anemone peptide from Urticina eques potentiates the TRPA1 receptor and produces an antimicrobial effect
    Toxicon 2019 DOI
  • Klara Stensvåg :
    Antibiotika-verktøykassen trenger påfyll - kan peptider fra havet gi et bidrag?
    2019
  • Jonathan Hira, Klara Stensvåg, Bjarne Landfald, Tor Haug :
    Host-pathogen interaction. Sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis) lesion syndrome and Vibrio bacteria
    UiT Norges arktiske universitet 2019
  • Klara Stensvåg, Morten Kaare Moe, Tor Haug, Magne Olav Sydnes, Sigmund Sperstad, Chun Li et al.:
    Paralithocins, Antimicrobial Peptides with Unusual Disulfide Connectivity from the Red King Crab, Paralithodes camtschaticus
    2019
  • Klara Stensvåg :
    Scholarship Programme, collaboration with the Czech Republic
    2019
  • Klara Stensvåg, Jonathan Hira, Ekaterina Mishchenko, Hans-Matti Blencke, Morten B. Strøm, Bjarne Landfald et al.:
    Marine antimicrobial peptides – an inspiration for new compounds to fight bacteria
    2019
  • Sebastian Reidar Barriteau Siiri, Tor Haug, Klara Stensvåg, Hans-Matti Blencke :
    Antimikrobielle forbindelser i sjøstjernen Asterias rubens og sjøpølsen Cucumaria frondosa
    UiT Norges arktiske universitet 2019

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    Research interests

    Drug Discovery, Marine Natural Products, Antimicrobials, Antimicrobial peptides, Marine Bioactive Peptides, Innate immunitity, immune cells in marine invertebrates


    Teaching

    • Teaching (responsible for courses)
      • Bio-2610 Project thesis in Marine Biotechnology (responsible and teaching)
      • Bio-3612 Marine bioprospektering og bioaktive komponenter (responsible and teaching)
      • Bio-8604 Marine bioprospecting and bioactive compounds for health - (responsible and teaching)
    • Teaching in courses:
      • Bio-2606 Generell og marin bioteknologi
      • Bio-3610 Industrial biotechology

    Member of research group