Background and activities


Our mission is to control the microworld. 

Combining biotechnology and control theory, we explore feedback control of microorganisms, particularly of bacteria. Our vision is to gain control over microbiological processes and to harness the power of microorganisms for research and industrial purposes.     


1. Coordinator of iFermenter, a bio-based EU H2020 BBI-JU project, 5.6 mill Euro, 2018-2022.

2. Coordinator of SafeFood, an EU project of 6 countries and 8 groups (about 2.5 mill euro, 2016-2019). 

  • The main aim of the project is to turn food products (ready-to-eat products based on meat, fish and vegetables) safer and more durable, by reducing or inhibit the ability of Listeria monocytogenes to recover from high pressure processing (HPP). This can extend the shelf-life of food, increasing its resistance to food-related bacteria (by rendering the food “non-hospitable” for this type of bacteria) and decrease the amount of food waste from processing and throughout the food chain. Cutting edge biotechnological methods will be applied in this project.

3. Leader in ERA SysMed-COPD project, 5.1 mill NOK (2018-2021), Here we use machine learning to improve diagnosis and prognosis for COPD.

4. BacPress: :Qualification Project Norwegian research Council 2021. 

5. Head of the BioSystems feedback control real-time fermentation laboratory (MFCL). 


  • Feedback control of bacteria (e.g. L. monocytogenes, C. glutamicum)
  • Transcription and translation regulation - modelling, analysis and control
  • Sensory motor control in animals (neuroscience)
  • Bioinformatics tools: Gene network discovery  (advance analysis tools)
  • cellular regulation and signaling (modelling)

Current PhD students:

  • Andrea Tuveri
  • Fabienne Roessler
  • Alex Wong

Former and Graduated students: (PhD level)

  • Naresh D. Jayavelu, PhD 
  • Jørgen Skancke, PhD
  • Haakon Holck
  • Pedro Lira
  • Bahareh Nikvarpar

 Graduated Students (M.Sc level)

  • 14 students

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • Doni Jayavelu, Naresh; Bar, Nadav. (2013) A Noise Removal Algorithm for Time Series Microarray Data. Progress in Artificial Intelligence.
  • Bar, Nadav; Volkoff, Helene. (2012) Adaptation of the Physiological, Endocrine, and Digestive System Functions to Prolonged Food Deprivation in Fish. Comparative Physiology of Fasting, Starvation, and Food Limitation.


  • Bar, Nadav. (2015) Den mystiske flaggermusen. Researchers Night . Samarbeidsforum; NTNU. 2015-12-08.
  • Bar, Nadav. (2015) En dynamisk systembiologimodell forklarer forskjellen på flaggermusens flyvning i dagslys og mørket. Schrødingers katt, NRK [TV]. 2015-05-19.
  • Bar, Nadav. (2015) Slik flyr en flaggermus. Gemini [Fagblad]. 2015-05-28.