Marine Bioprospecting

Research activities are drug lead discovery and bioprospecting of marine resources like invertebrates, in particular antimicrobials, their structural features, genes and mechanisms of actions towards bacteria and microbial biofilm.


From left to right: Hymonti Dey, Ida Kristine Østnes Hansen, Andrea Iselin Elvheim, Céline Sarah Marine Richard, Frode Øyen, Klara Stensvåg, Gabriel De Freitas Almeida, Hege Devold, Christoffer Sivertsen and Ataur Rahman. At the back: Tor Haug and Hans-Matti Blecke.

The main focus
  • Obtain basic knowledge of novel bioactive metabolites/products derived from marine invertebrates, algae and microorganisms like bacteriophages, giant viruses and bacteria.
  • Determine the bioactivity profile and mode of action of antimicrobial compounds.
  • Use of biotechnology in marine research and industry.
  • Educate and supervise students at all levels.