The project has several students in connection to the project.

Masters students:

Solveig Bøyesen Klyve (2020) at NTNU: Protein extraction of from brown seaweed Saccharina latissima and Alaria esculenta - The effect of ultrasonication and enzymatic treatment. Supervisor: Turid Rustad (NTNU)

Monika Katarzyna Kopczyk (2020) at NTNU: Searching  for  efficient  methods  of  extraction  and  characterization  of protein from Saccharina latissima and Alaria esculenta. Supervisor: Turid Rustad (NTNU) 

Karoline Kongsrud (2020) at NTNU:  Enzyme engineering of alginate modifying enzyme. Supervisor: Finn Aachmann (NTNU)

Anastastia Brativnyk (2020) at NTNU: Functionalization and Application of Alginate oligomers. Supervisor: Finn Aachmann (NTNU)

Mari Skoglund Godal (2020) at NTNU: The ASC-MSC Seaweed (Algae) Standard. Supervisor John Eilif Hermansen (NTNU), co-supervisor Celine Rebours (Møreforskning).

Markus Lie Skadal (2019) at NTNU: Antimicrobial and antioxidative properties of Alaria Esculenta – The use of A. Esculenta as an absorbent in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) Supervisor: Jørgen Lerfall (NTNU)

Stian Kopperud (2019) at NTNU: The Utilization of bioactive compounds from Alaria Esculenta to increase the shelf life of modified atmosphere packaged Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) Supervisor: Jørgen Lerfall (NTNU)

Hanna Østvik (2020) at NTNU: The use of bioactive compounds extracted from Alaria Esculenta in active packaging systems to increase the safety and shelf life of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) fillets. Supervisor: Jørgen Lerfall (NTNU)

Randi Sund (2020) at NTNU: Studies of thaw water from sugar and winged kelp, Supervisor: Turid Rustad (NTNU), co-supervisor Finn Aachmann (NTNU)  

Nora Gotaas Buøen (2020) at NTNU: Polyphenol extraction and antioxidant activity – effect of drying and extraction solvent, Supervisor: Turid Rustad (NTNU)

Maria Stavnes Sletta (2021) at NTNU: Blanching of cultivated brown seaweeds Saccharina latissima and Alaria esculenta. Supervisor: Turid Rustad (NTNU)

Synnøve Strand Jacobsen (2021) at NTNU: Extraction and characterisation of fucoxanthin from cultivated brown seaweeds Saccharina latissima and Alaria esculenta.  Supervisor: Finn L. Aachmann (NTNU), co-supervisor Jorunn Skjermo (SINTEF Ocean) and Leesa J. Klau (NTNU)​

Harrison Evbayowieru Aighobahi (2021) at NTNU: Evaluation of CTec2 and Ctec3 in Alginate Extraction from cultivated Saccharina latissima and Alaria esculenta. Supervisor: Finn L. Aachmann (NTNU)

Ravina Jassal Skogli: Metoder for å undersøke prebiotiske effekter av komponenter fra tare. Supervisor: Finn L. Aachmann (NTNU), co-supervisor Anne Tøndervik (SINTEF Industry) and Inga Marie Aasen (SINTEF Industry)

Kari Sollerud: Structure and functional characterization of alginate modifying enzyme KgdF. Supervisor: Finn L. Aachmann (NTNU)

Charlotte Lund-Hanssen: Functional characterization of alginate modifying enzymes – Enzyme kinetics of AlgE4 and profile of the alginate lyases PsPL7A-C and PsPL8. Supervisor: Finn L. Aachmann (NTNU)

PhD students:

Katharina Nøkling-Eide

Katharina Nøkling-Eide
PhD candidate, SINTEF Industry (Industrial and Marine Biotechnology) and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Macroalgae contain chemical compounds unique for them (including biopolymers, polyphenols and pigments), with many desirable bioactivities targeting food, feed and medical applications. I am working with standardisation of extraction, purification and characterisation methods of the macroalgal compounds, to better understand the relationship between chemical structure and biological activity, such as anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory effects. Working with material both from cultivated and wild growing macroalgae, the aim is to find products that could facilitate a further upscaling of the macroalgal industry in Norway.

Maren Oftebro

Maren Oftebro
PhD candidate, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), NOBIPOL group

I work on characterizing the structure of fucoidan, a valuable bioactive polysaccharide isolated from brown seaweed, as well as isolating and characterizing novel fucoidan active enzymes. Fucoidan is a highly complex sulfated polysaccharide that poses problems with regards to structural determination and fine characterization, due to its heterologous buildup of varying sulfation degree, different substituents and sub-structural groups. Screening for new fucoidan active enzymes, and establishing their activity on fucoidan from different species, can aid in the understanding the relationship between fucoidan structure and its function as a bioactive component.

Cecilie Bay Wirenfeldt

Cecilie Bay Wirenfeldt
PhD candidate, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

My primary interest is seaweed as food. I am a food engineer with a research focus on how seaweed food quality is affected by processing after harvest. I mainly work with processes such as drying and blanching. I have worked on the reduction of iodine by blanching, which showed promising results. Currently, I am looking into shelf stability and new drying methods.

Johanna Liberg Krook

Johanna Liberg Krook
Industrial PhD candidate, Orkla Ocean and Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

I work with seaweed, mainly sugar kelp and winged kelp, as a food ingredient in common food products. Farming of seaweed is sustainable, scalable and can play a role in meeting the need for increased food production now and in the future. Seaweed as a raw material has many interesting properties as a food ingredient, both nutritional and technological. For large scale use of seaweed as a food ingredient we need more knowledge on the processing of seaweed to obtain a high quality, safe and nutritious raw material, how seaweed as an ingredient interact with other ingredients in a food matrix and develop seaweed ingredients suitable for different applications. This is also what my PhD project is about, to study different aspects of using seaweed as an ingredient in common food products – from sea to table.

PhD students (continued):

Paulina Sandberg Birgersson (NTNU)

Bjørn Pedersen (NMBU)


Post doc students:

Nanna Rhein Knudsen

Nanna Rhein-Knudsen
Post doctor, Norwegian University of Life Science (NMBU)

I work on characterizing new fucoidan active enzymes. Fucoidans are complex polysaccharides found naturally in brown seaweeds, with chemical structures that vary depending on seaweed specie. Different important bioactivities have been reported for fucoidans and fucoidan oligomers but the exact underlying chemical structures responsible for these activities are still unknown. The discovery and use of fucoidan active enzymes can potentially be used to elucidate the structural components responsible for these activities and also assist in the production of bioactive oligomers with different structural elements.

Post doc students, (continued):

Leesa J. Klau (NTNU)

Gitte Koksvik (NTNU)