Postdoc Elisabeth Wik has been a member of the Tumor Biology Research Group (directed by Akslen) since 2013, in combination with a position as resident at the Department of Pathology, Haukeland University Hospital.
Wik focuses her research on prognostic and predictive biomarkers in breast cancer. She mainly works on integrating large-scale omics data and clinico-pathologic information, in particular describing biologic characteristics of the different molecular subtypes of breast cancer. Aiming to capture biologic complexity and diagnostic relevance, signature biomarkers have been of major interest since her PhD studies. Also, morphologic tumor features are of interest and viewed as highly relevant when exploring markers with diagnostic relevance. Following up on previous work on markers of angiogenesis in the Akslen Group, one axis in Wik’s projects presently relates to an angio-immunogenic profile in breast cancer. Further, Wik has initiated studies of young breast cancer patients, supervising one medical student in this field (Amalie A. Svanøe). The surgeons Turid Aas and Benedicte Davidsen from the Department of Surgery, Haukeland University Hospital, are collaborating on this study. One aim is to extend population based biobanking and databases with clinico-pathologic information from breast cancer patients, along with follow-up data.
Wik has been involved as a lecturer at courses provided by the CCBIO Research School since its opening, and has been coordinating the CCBIO Junior Scientist Symposium (CCBIO901) from the start in June 2014, and also as scientific coordinator since 2015. She has coordinated the CCBIO Bioinformatics group (CCBIO-BIG). Wik has been awarded several prizes for oral presentations at international conferences, and in 2016 she received the Professor Kreyberg Prize for her PhD thesis.
Elisabeth Wik is the main supervisor of medical research student Amalie A. Svanøe, and co-supervisor for PhD students Sura Aziz, Kristi Krüger, Tor Audun Klingen and Ying Chen. She also collaborates with candidates involved in pre-PhD studies.