Matrix biology

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Cables and wires

The glue that shapes us and holds us together

We wish to understand the molecular and physiological mechanisms of how cells interact with their microenvironment in normal tissues and in pathological situations like inflammation, fibrosis and cancer using methods from molecular and cell biology.

In the Matrix Biology group, consisting of two principal investigators, we study several aspects of proteoglycans, integrins and the integrated role of ECM on cell-matrix interactions in both physiological and pathological conditions.

      The group is part of the Metabolism and Cancer research unit, and also part of the Center for Cancer Biomarkers (CCBIO) at the departments of Biomedicine and Clinical Medicine at the University of Bergen, as well as being the partner of MOTIF project financed by Norwegian Center for International Cooperation in Education (Diku).


      Courtesy of Cedric Zeltz, currently Univ. of Toronto

      MOTIF - Main objective

      A four-party training initiative focused on the Mechanism Of TIssue and tumor Fibrosis (MOTIF).

      Fibrosis meeting, Bergen 2022
      Group picture of Fibrosis Meeting in Bergen 2022
      Jun 09

      Symposium on tumor and tissue fibrosis

      Digital BMED904/DIKU course 2021

      Successful digital completion of BMED904

      BMED904, the Graduate Course in Extracellular Matrix, was this year run jointly with the DIKU Summer School in Fibrosis, June 7-11, 2021. This was the first time the course was held through a digital platform, a bit of a challenge as parts of the course are lab based

      Lecture room at Dept. of Biomedicine

      Matrix biology course with international top-speakers successfully completed

      The week-long matrix biology (BMED904) course was held for 4th time at the Dept. of biomedicine and next BMED904 course will be given in June 2021.

      Screen in conference room CSMB 2018.

      Three Scandinavian scientists invited to the third National Conference of the Chinese Society of Matrix Biology

      Matrix Biology group leader and CCBIO PI Donald Gullberg recently returned from an inspiring conference in China.