Research Group for Child and Adolescents Health

The Research Group for Child and Adolescent Health has several projects in the field of infection, aiming to improve the diagnosis and treatment of severe infections in children.

Historically, research on infections in children in Tromsø began with studies on children with severe meningococcal disease in the 1980s and 1990s. Since the late 1990s, the research group has focused extensively on coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS), which can cause serious infections in children with weakened immune systems, such as premature infants and children with cancer.

Our research areas also include antibiotic resistance, virulence in CNS and other bacteria, the microbiome of the gut, and preventive treatment with probiotics, as well as experimental and epidemiological studies on sepsis in newborns.

Here, we will briefly present some of our research projects. For those who want to know more, we are available for discussion, and we also refer to publications from our research group.

The Infection research group at Malangen, 2022 Photo: Trond Flægstad

Project group


Claus Andreas Klingenberg (Project manager)


Trond Flægstad

Associate Professor

Veronika Kucharová Pettersen

Associate Professor

Hildegunn Norbakken Granslo

Associate Professor

Jorunn Pauline Cavanagh


Erik Hjerde

Head Engineer

Hermoine Jean Venter


Aline Bjerkhaug


Synnøve Holmbukt

Head Engineer

Runa Wolden

Doctoral Research Fellow

Ahmed Bargheet

Doctoral Research Fellow

Gaute Hovde Bø


Oda Gundersen

Doctoral Research Fellow

Martin Christensen

Assistant Professor

Dagny Elise Hemmingsen


Trym Thune Flygel