Sigbjørn Lien

    Centre leader, professor

    I am professor in genetics at Faculty of Biosciences, NMBU. My main research interests are genomics, genome evolution and genetic variation related to the genetic architecture of complex traits

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        Dag Inge Våge


        In general, my research interest is to reveal and understand the link between genotype and phenotype in molecular terms. Currently, I am involved in projects dealing with genetic and functional studies of flesh pigmentation in salmon and stress-related behaviour in rainbow trout.

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            Simen Sandve

            Associate professor

            I am interested in how genomes evolve and how genomic variation is linked to phenotypic variation, adaptation, and evolution of novel traits. Im currently studying evolutionary consequences of whole genome duplication, the genomics of life stage transitions, and host-microbiome interactions in Atlantic salmon. More info at my website:

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                Guro Katrine Sandvik

                Associate professor

                I am a physiologist/molecular biologist with a special interest in genome engineering. Currently I am working on establishing a CRISPR/Cas platform for genetic manipulation in fish species. The goal is to transfer new CRISPR techniques from model species (both fish and mammals) to non-models such as salmon. My research interests is varied, ranging from early brain development to puberty and behaviour.

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                    Marie Saitou

                    Postdoc tenure-track

                    I am in a tenure-track position in bioinformatics and statistical genomics. Specifically, I have been working on the evolution of genomic structural variants. I am also interested in revealing the biological basis of uniquely evolved various species by combining multiple omics methods. Please come to my lab website for more information:

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                        Matthew Kent


                        Although my formal education was as a cell biologist, I have, in recent years, taken on research more becoming of a molecular geneticist. In my work, I am involved in development of novel genotyping tools for (primarily) fish species, the application of new technologies for fish genomic research, and addressing certain specific biological questions.

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                            Lise Fjellsbø

                            Administrative coordinator

                            I’m responsible for administrative and management tasks within CIGENE group and their research projects. In addition, I’m administrative coordinator for the EU project AQUA-FAANG.  I have a scientific background and have several year’s experience as researcher and project manager.

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                              Associated members

                                Phillip Pope

                                Associate professor

                                My research applies interdisciplinary approaches to study the gut microbiomes of important production animals (cows, pigs and salmon) and wild herbivores (moose, reindeer). I am particularly interested in using multi-omic tools to deconvolute the intimate genetic and physiological relationship between the host animal and its microbiome.

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                                  Nicola Barson

                                  To Thu-Hien

                                  Jin Yang

                                  Victor Boyartchuk

                                  Jon Olav Vik

                                  Sabina Leanti La Rosa

                                  Michel Moser

                                  Tomasz Podgorniak

                                  Lars Grønvold

                                  Gareth Gillard

                                  Post Doctors

                                  Marie-Odile Baudement

                                  Olga Paulouskaya

                                  Ove Øyås

                                  Thomas Harvey

                                  Helle Tessand Baalsrud


                                  Kristil Sundsaasen

                                  Mariann Árnyasi

                                  Tan Thi Nguyen

                                  Juan Fu

                                  Jan Konrad Wallin

                                  Christina de Castro Garcia

                                  Ragnhild Wilberg

                                  Anima Bista Thapa

                                  Silje Karoliussen

                                  Terese Andersstuen

                                  PhD candidates

                                  Darshan Young

                                  Kristina Stenløkk

                                  Marius André Strand

                                  Øyvind Gulbrandsen

                                  Prabin Sharma Humagain

                                  Filip Rotnes

                                  Mari Austad Brandt

                                  Domniki Manousi

                                  Valeria Aguilar Quiñones

                                  Mohammad Ali Noman Reza

                                  Line Røsæg

                                  Dat Nguyen

                                  Øystein Monsen

                                  Mathilde Holen

                                  Professor II

                                  Øivind Andersen

                                  Professor II