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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.


Poster for 2024 Conference

Nordic Developmental Biology Societies & Michael Sars Symposium Joint Meeting

We cordially invite you to join us in Bergen, Norway from Tuesday 28th until Friday 31st May 2024!

Carey Sweeney

Traveling from Oregon to Bergen to study Oikopleura in culture

The Appendicularian Facility at the Michael Sars Centre at the University of Bergen is one of only four in the world. This month, guest researchers traveled from the U.S. to conduct experiments in this unique laboratory.

Voss VGS school visit

Voss VGS students visit the Chatzigeorgiou lab

Students from the Nature program specializing in wilderness studies at Voss vidaregåande skule (VGS) experience a molecular biology laboratory for the first time.


An ancient neuronal network controls movement in humans and tunicates

Understanding the neural control of movement and how it evolved is critical to better address neurodegenerative diseases. In a recent study, researchers discovered that neuronal networks controlling movement in humans and tunicates have the same building blocks, structure, and function.

Mowgli Dandamudi

Congratulations and farewell to Dr. Dandamudi!

On the 28th of September 2023, PhD candidate Mowgli Dandamudi successfully defended his PhD thesis titled: “Development of chemogenetic tools from invertebrate ion channels”.