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Department of Biotechnology works with development of biotechnological tools, strains and processes in collaborative projects addressing global challenges. These include sustainable growth and production in a future biobased economy, new vaccines/medicines, future food and feed supply and safety, and reduced environmental impact of industry.

Core research and market areas:

  • Microbial and cell based production processes (Industrial Biotechnology)
    • Strain and process development
    • Bioprospecting
    • Biorefinery
    • Enzyme development
    • Purification and characterization
    • Technical and economic analyses
  • Feed/food microbiology and biochemistry
    • Health effects on humans and fish
    • Preservation and food safety
    • Process control and development
  • Environmental biotechnology/ microbiology and ecotoxicology
    • Bioremediation, biofilms
    • Effects of pollutions
    • Clean water technology
  • Medical microbiology and cell biology
    • Biofilm associated infections
    • Characterization of bioactive compounds
    • Host-pathogen interactions
    • Nanobiotechnology


  • Biopharmaceuticals
  • Biopolymers
  • Enzymes
  • Biofuel
  • Vaccines
  • Food/feed ingredients
  • Nanomaterials

Contact: Håvard Sletta