MARZymes - People
The MARZymes project is continuosly expanding.
Current group members
Trond Øyvind Jørgensen, professor and leader of the Centre on Marine Bioactives and Drug Discovery (MabCent) at the University of Tromsø, is one of three project initators and managers of MARZymes. Additionallly project leader of MARZymes.
Nils Peder Willassen, professor at The Norwegian Structural Biology Centre, Department of Chemistry, University of Tromsø, is one of three project initators and managers of MARZymes. Willassen is part of The Molecular Biosystems research group at the Department.
Arne Oskar Smalås, professor and leader of The Norwegian Structural Biology Centre at the University of Tromsø. is one of three project initators and managers of MARZymes. Smalås is born in Namdalen, and did the Dr. Scient in 1990 at the University of Tromsø. He has had three post doc periods, including one at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, US. Since 1998 he has been affiliated at the Department of Chemistry at University of Tromsø as professor, where Smalås is part of The Structural Chemistry group. Additionally he was, in 2002-2007, professor II at NTNU, Trondheim. From 2007-2011 Smalås was leader of the Department of Chemistry, University of Tromsø.
Adele Kim Williamson is a postdoctoral fellow in the MARZymes project, where her focus is the recombinant expression and structural and functional characterisation of novel enzymes from our metagenomic libraries. Currently she is working with a number of enzymes which may have functions in cell wall degradation, as well as putative DNA ligase and nitrilase proteins. Before coming to Norway, she completed a doctorate at the Research School of Biological Sciences in the Australian National University in 2007, and then worked as a post doctoral researcher at the Umeå Plant Sciences Centre in Sweden until early 2010. Her previous work involved structural and functional characterisation of subunits from the Photosystem II complex, with a particular interest in comparisons between thermophilic and mesophilic homologues. Adele is originally from New Zealand and took her BSc. in biochemistry at the University of Canterbury.
Marcin Miroslaw Pierechod,post doc.
Gro Elin Kjæreng Bjerga born in Stavanger, Norway, received a PhD degree in epigenetics from the University of Bergen, Norway, in 2009. She studied the human transcriptional co-activator p300 and its regulation. Bjerga obtained the master degree in molecular biology, also from the University of Bergen in collaboration with Biosense Laboratories AS in 2004. During her master she studied marine toxin-inhibited protein ser/thr phosphatases. In 2010 Bjerga was leading the 46th Norwegian Biochemical Society’s Contact Meeting. Since 2010 Bjerga has been affiliated at the Department of Chemistry, were she is a researcher in the MARZymes bioprospecting group.
Erik Hjerde born in Tromsø, Norway. Hjerde worked with microarray and transcriptome sequence analysis of fish pathogens during his post doc. Hjerde received his PhD at the Department of Molecular Biotechnology, University of Tromsø, on sequencing and analysis of the complete genome of the fish pathogen Aliivibrio salmonicida. He obtained his master degree in pharmacology also from the University of Tromsø. During his master he performed in silico studies of the molecular effects of different antipsychotics on the human dopamine receptor. Since 2011 Hjerde has been affiliated at the Department of Chemistry were he is a researcher at the platform of Integrated and Systems Biology and the MARZymes Bioprospecting group.
Hege L. Pedersen, research scientist.
Eva Bjørkeng, senior engineer (50%).
Hermeto Gerber, IAESTE exchange student (2 months).
Previous group members
Christian Karlsen received in February 2011 a Ph.D. from the University of Tromsø on marine cold water Vibrio-like Atlantic salmon pathogens – their adaptation, virulence and interactions. He started his molecular biology studies at the University of Tromsø in 2001, and by studying the different proteome expression profiles of the fish pathogenic bacterium, Aliivibrio salmonicida he obtained a master in molecular biotechnology in 2006. He joined the Department of Chemistry in Mars 2011 and is now a researcher in the MARZymes bioprospecting group.
Kristin E. Hansen. Hansen finished her master degree in molecular biotechnology on the MARZymes project, spring 2011.
Stian Bjørn Høgås, senior engineer.
Seila Pandur, senior engineer.
Concetta De Santi, PhD student (NFR/Yggdrasil exchange).