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After finishing all my lectures for the autumn semester, I had a chance to visit University of California at Santa Barbara for some peaceful working days, sun, and a little bit of tourism.
Ani Saghatelyan, is a PhD student at Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Biology at Yerevan State University, Armenia.
Pargev Hovhannisyan, a research student from Yerevan State University (Armenia) worked on thermostable alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase enzymes from the amylase producer strain Anoxybacills sp. K1.
Ani Azaryan, a master student from Yerevan State University, worked for three months on her master thesis on study of halophilic archaeal strains from Avan salt deposit in Armenia.
Rubén Javier - López has completed his Master’s degree in Microbiology with a study on the novel thermophilic bacterium from hot springs in Tajikistan. Congratulations!
Adam Boulaich, student from Barcelona University worked for four months on his bachelor thesis on the recombinant production, purification and biochemical characterization of two transferase enzymes: dihydroxyacetone synthase (DHAS) from Mycobacterium sp. strain JC1 and sugar aminotransferase (SAT) allegedly related to the thermophilic genus Thermoanaerobacter.
In 2014, I moved from Iran to Norway to start a master program in applied mathematics in University of Oslo. I did not know a single Norwegian word and was not familiar with the culture. On my first day, I took a bus from Sarpsborg to Oslo which took about one and half hours. On the bus, people barely talked, and if they talked I did not understand Norwegian. At that time, I was thinking about... Read more
Our PhD student Chandini Murarilal Ratnadevi was awarded the First Prize for her poster presentation at the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) course in Molecular Geobiology held at European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Heidelberg,Germany, August 2018.
Prof. Nils-Kåre Birkeland and students Chandini Murarilal Ratnadevi (PhD) and Eliya Cholakova (MSc) from the “Extremophiles and biotechnology” group at the University of Bergen are heading towards Tashkent to meet fellow extremophiles from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, China and Germany.
Project MIXsTRUCT will investigate the impact of mixotrophs on the structure of the marine pelagic food web
HOPE post-doctoral fellow Suzette Flantua is one of five main authors of a recent paper published in Nature Geoscience
Issues concerning “animal welfare” and “animal care” constitute a significant portion of both public debate and biological studies. Whereas the first concept is dealing with the well-being of animals, “animal care” comprises the activities conducted that can affects the animal welfare, while an animal is used in research, testing, and production. In our project “dCod 1.0: decoding systems... Read more
A krill hotspot in the Antarctica was identified as a spawning area and located in cold water near the continental shelf edge of the South Orkney area, while salp hotspots were located in warmer and deeper waters. These findings are recently reported by Torborg Rustand in her Master thesis
Martine R. Solås reports in her Master thesis that enriched rearing reduced post-release growth of Atlantic salmon fry (Salmo salar). Moreover, predatory brown trout fed selectively on small fry.
When starting my work in the dCod project I had very limited biological knowledge. My background was mostly in applied mathematics, where applied usually refers to something related to physics. Physics, the field of conservation laws, well-studied phenomena and exact equations. And then I now found myself in the situation where I was supposed to do modeling in biology. Biology, a field I had... Read more
Women are given a special mission of carrying life in its early and most vulnerable stages. Pregnancy, giving birth, breast-feeding, child care and everything that accompanies them are a normal part of life. Nature has decided that we are in our most fruitful age at the same time as we build our careers. Do we have to choose or is it possible to have it all? Global development is depending on... Read more
I remember reading the following sentence in the announcement of my current post-doc position as part of the dCod project: “The work will involve close collaboration with research groups both from biology and from mathematics”. I thought it was an interesting ambition, but I wasn’t sure how close would this collaboration be and how would it be organized. I guess the scheduled biweekly dCod... Read more
The first AQUACOSM group has arrived at UiB's Marine Biological Station. The international team of scientists are here to study the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi.

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