CONTACT PERSON: Prof. Frank Nilsen
The University of Bergen (UiB) has six faculties, covering the traditional university disciplines, with about 14,500 students. In several fields, the university is an active participant in EU Framework Programs and is engaged in European Research Infrastructure and Research Training Sites. Moreover, UiB is world leading in education in all fields of aquaculture (e.g., biology, physiology, fish health, fish nutrition), and offers a range of relevant master’s and PhD programs. Marine research is one of the university’s three dedicated areas for long term strategic focus. UiB will participate in ParaFishControl through the Department of Biology (BIO), which is the largest of its departments, covering most fields of research within the biological and marine sciences. BIO is the host institution for several centres of excellence within the Norwegian research environment: Centres of Research Excellence, Centres for Research – based Innovation (Sea Lice Research Centre – SLRC) and Centre for Excellence in Education. These centres cover a large spectrum of research and teaching activities and are connected to a broad range of international projects. The SLRC is a centre of research based innovation appointed by the Norwegian Research Council that focuses on basic and applied research and innovation for sea lice control in the topics ranging from new medicine and resistance, anti-attachment, immunomodulation to molecular parasitology.
Role in the project:
UiB will be the task leader of Task T1.2 and is responsible for the activities and work with sea lice in the project. In addition, UiB will contribute to the work conducted in WP1, WP5, WP7 and WP8.
Key persons involved:
Professor Frank Nilsen is a professor in Fish Health. A man research interest has been fish parasites linked to the application of molecular tools and later genomic tools to study parasites and host parasite interactions. He has led several projects related to fish parasites and parasite-host interactions. He is Director of the Sea Lice Research Centre a centre for research innovation in Norway. He is responsible for sea lice in ParaFishControl.
Dr. Sindre Grotmol is a professor and doctor of veterinary medicine. In his 18 years of research, main scientific interests have concerned fish pathology, virology, parasitology, skeletal deformities and environmental impact on fish health, in addition to teleost development, endocrinology, biomechanics and morphology. He has led and participated in many national and international research projects.