Department of Biotechnology and Food Science


Turid Rustad, head of the Food Chemistry Division together with exchange researcher Manuel Félix. Photo: Per Henning/NTNU

Research at the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science is structured into four scientific divisions. For further details please see below.


Research Divisions


Analysis and Control of Microbial Systems

Contact Person: Kjetill Østgaard

  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Microbial Ecology

Principal Investigators: Ingrid Bakke, Kjetill ØstgaardOlav Vadstein

Biopolymers and Biomaterials

Contact Person: Berit Løkensgard Strand

  • Applications of Biopolymers and Biomaterials
  • Carbohydrate Based Biomaterials
  • Carbohydrate Structure–Function Relationships
  • Enzymatic and Chemical Tailoring of Biopolymers

Principal Investigators: Berit Løkensgard StrandBjørn E. Christensen, Catherine Taylor NordgårdFinn L. Aachman, Gudmund Skjåk-Bræk, Kjell Morten Vårum, Kurt Draget, Marit Sletmoen

Food Chemistry

Division Leader: Turid Rustad

  • Plant biomass processing
  • Preserving positive health components in fish and fish products
  • Processing and preservation of fish
  • Stability of marine lipids
  • Utilization of seaweed and rest raw materials
  • Waste water purification

Principal Investigators: Alexander Dikiy, Turid Rustad

Food Technology

Division Leader: Anita Nordeng Jakobsen

Microbial Biotechnology

Division Leader: Helga Ertesvåg

  • Alginate Biosynthesis
  • Bioenergy
  • Controlled Expression of Genes and Pathways
  • Metabolomics, Fluxomics
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Systems - Network Biology

Principal Investigators: Eivind Almaas, Martin F. Hohhmann-MarriottHelga Ertesvåg, Per BruheimRahmi Lale, Trygve Brautaset


Berit Løkensgard Strand, Deputy of Research at the Department of BiotechnologyBerit Løkensgard Strand

Deputy of Research





Instrument from the Inductively Coupled Plasma-High Resolution-Mass Spectrometer (ICP-HR-MS) Lab. Photo: Per Henning/NTNU

The department has access to a broad spectrum of advanced, scientific equipment


Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR lab)


Infrastructure at the NV faculty