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Research and Development

All R&D activities sorting under the NTNU Biotechnology umbrella stay firmly within the confines of the OECD definition of biotechnology:

"the application of science and technology to living organisms as well as parts, products and models thereof, to alter living or non-living materials for the production of knowledge, goods and services" 

Our R&D streams - emerging from the confluence of life sciences, mathematical sciences and engineering - define the core of the NTNU Biotechnology Programme.

NTNU Biotechnology - the Confluence of Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Engineering

Enabling technology programme 2013-2020

NTNU Biotechnology - the Confluence of Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Engineering


COVID-19 dynamics and control in Norway

"For extreme diseases, extreme methods of cure, as to restriction, are most suitable."                                          Hippocrates (400 BCE)

This website is the primary outreach channel for NTNU’s modelling taskforce dedicated to the understanding and control of the COVID-19 dynamics in Norway. NTNU's motivation for setting up this taskforce is to generate valuable insights that can support the Norwegian authorities in their endeavour to manage the pandemic as safely and effectively as possible.

Our justification for the way we approach the COVID-19 predicament is that the COVID-19 dynamics and our attempts to contain and eradicate it, constitute a very complex system with numerous negative and positive feedback loops. Systems such as these are very difficult to analyse and control in an optimal way, unless one makes use of the very same theoretical tools that much of the technology underlying modern civilisation is based on.

This work is funded by NTNU as part of its societal responsibility. Follow this link to be updated on our work:

This is the main portal keeping you informed about biotechnology R&D at NTNU, the people involved, and available opportunities to contribute to this vibrant field as a student, PhD, postdoctoral, sabbatical or tenured fellow.

NTNU Biotechnology is one of the three enabling technology programmes at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Together they define the strategic core of NTNU’s long-term R&D commitment within natural science and technology.

The design of NTNU Biotechnology programme reflects the conviction that extensive transdisciplinary interaction between the life sciences, mathematical sciences and engineering is the key to transformative 21st century biotechnology. It is developed in close conjunction with SINTEF, the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia, and St. Olavs hospital (Trondheim University Hospital), which is tightly integrated with our Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences .

NTNU is the leading institution of the Centre for Digital Life Norway funded by the Research Council of Norway under its BIOTEK2021 programme. The centre's main mission is to become the major vehicle for reorienting and concerting Norwegian R&D on biotechnology in the years to come.





Trygve Brautaset
Phone: +47 98 28 39 77
Email: trygve.brautaset@ntnu.no


Stig W. Omholt

Stig W. Omholt
Research professor
Phone: +47 90 94 09 85
Email: stig.omholt@ntnu.no