Department of Biotechnology and Food Science


Research Box

Experiment in the lab. Photo

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

Research divisions

Research divisions

Research Divisions

Analysis and Control of Microbial Systems

Contact Person: Olav Vadstein

  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Microbial Ecology

Principal Investigators: Ingrid Bakke, Olav Vadstein

Biopolymers and Biomaterials

Contact Person: Bjørn E. Christensen

  • 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, Kurt Draget, Marit Sletmoen

Food Science

Division Leader: Jørgen Lerfall

  • Quality of raw materials and products, including quality changes through processing
  • Marine lipids, proteins and peptides, biopolymers, metabolites and pigments
  • Shelf life and food chain knowledge
  • Stability of marine lipids
  • Food safety, food microbiology, biofilms, hygienic design and development of hygienic processing equipment
  • Rest raw materials, new raw materials (seaweed) and sustainable production

Principal Investigators:  Turid Rustad, Anita Nordeng Jakobsen, Alexander Dikiy, Jørgen Lerfall, Eva Falch, Lisbeth Mehli, Eirin Marie Skjøndal Bar, Ida-Johanne Jensen, Marcin Kurek

Microbial Biotechnology

Division Leader: Trygve Brautaset

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

Principal Investigators: Eivind Almaas, Martin F. Hohmann-MarriottHelga Ertesvåg, Per BruheimRahmi Lale, Trygve Brautaset, Johannes Kabisch, Daniel Machado


National research centre


Centre for Digital Life Norway

Centre for Digital Life Norway is a unique transdisciplinary research centre creating the biotechnology for tomorrow. The aim is to evolve new knowledge and methods to create value and address societal challenges.





PhD candidate in the NMR Lab. Photo

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


Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR lab)


Infrastructure at the NV faculty