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Shreesha Sadashiva Rao

Postdoctoral Fellow, SEAS (Shaping European Research Leaders for Marine Sustainability)
  • E-mailShreesha.Rao@uib.no
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    Thormøhlens gate 53 A/B
    5006 Bergen
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    Postboks 7803
    5020 Bergen

 Shreesha Sadashiva Rao is a postdoctoral researcher at the Haugland’s group at the Department of Biological Sciences (BIO-UiB), under the umbrella of “Shaping European Research Leaders for Marine Sustainability Programme(SEAS-UiB)”. His research interests include molecular fish immunology and vaccination. 

Research questions:

1. Demonstrating the strengths and weaknesses of non-linear defence deployed during host pathogen interactions.

2. Hybrid warfare methods of the pathogen during infections.

3. Bacterial fawn responses during infection: mode of biofilm interactions!

The current project on Lumpfish Immunology and Transcriptomics  is one of the 37 projects funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 - Marie Skłodowska-Curie (innovation programme) towards Marine Sustainability. It aims to obtain crucial genomic information’s from the emerging/persistent Lumpfish and related pathogens through molecular and clinical studies to help the EU fight the pathogen and serve to the aquaculture industry.

The overall goal of this project is to better understand the intricate host-pathogen interactions during infection and apply these discoveries to relevant clinical questions of immunology. To accomplish this, the research group explore multidimensional transcriptomic studies in relation to infection and immunology. By working closely with the collaborators,  the research group aim to develop novel and realistic approaches against infections through prophylaxis or/and preventions.

Haugland’s group has expertise on functional analyses of fish immune cells, host-pathogen interactions, transcriptome-wide analyses of signalling pathways, as well as genomics and comparative/evolutionary studies. The research group is part of the fish immunology group that focus on immunology and vaccinology. The research group is also connected to the molecular biology unit at BIO, UiB, and collaborate with Computational Biology Unit (CBU), UiB.