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Underwater images of marine life

The Michael Sars Centre at the University of Bergen, is an international community of scientists using advanced technologies to study the unique molecular and cellular biology of marine organisms in a changing environment for broad societal impact.

As one of the first EMBL partners, the Michael Sars Centre is rooted in the Bergen academic community and serves as a national strategical asset for Norwegian marine life sciences. We aim to establish, strengthen, and leverage local, national, and international networks through specific activities, including collaborative research, joint training, and scientific exchange.


Sea anemones

Feast or famine: how sea anemones resize their bodies to survive

In a recent article, researchers from the Steinmetz group characterized the astonishing ability of sea anemones to adapt to food availability by growing and shrinking their body throughout their lives.

Defense Giulio Rosano

Congratulations Dr. Rosano!

On the 14th of June 2024, PhD candidate Giulio Rosano successfully defended his thesis titled: “Evolution of the delta family of ionotropic glutamate receptors”

Nordic Developmental Biology Societies & Michael Sars Symposium Joint Meeting

Bringing together the Nordic Developmental Biology communities in Bergen

Offering a unique perspective on the latest advances in Developmental Biology, the Nordic Developmental Biology Societies & Michael Sars Symposium Joint Meeting attracted a diverse audience and strengthened connections between Nordic and international institutions.

Yuhong Wang defense

Congratulations Dr. Wang!

On the 21st of May 2024, PhD candidate Yuhong Wang successfully defended her thesis titled: “Nature's View of Ionotropic Glutamate Receptors”

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Revealing the mechanisms of genome activation in Ciona germline

A new article from the Christiaen group offers crucial insights into the onset of zygotic gene expression in the germline of Ciona, uncovering a two-step model for genome activation.