Fish Disease Research Group - FDRG

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The aim of our research is to increase the understanding of diseases of wild and farmed fish  by characterizing pathogens (virus, bacteria, fungi and parasites), studying the interactions between pathogen and host (routes of infection, immunology, pathology), investigating the spreading of pathogens (epizootiology) and elucidating pathogen evolution.


Our project activities

The adaptive immune system     Fish diseases in Uganda


Spread of bacteria and resulting diseases in Norwegian Aquaculture is to a large extent control by effective vaccines. However, some diseases caused by bacteria are still not controlled and large research efforts are still necessary to reduce the losses in productions of salmonids. The our group is...


Viral infections affect the majority of production sites for salmonids in Norway, and use of vaccines to control some of these diseases have only had limited effects. Important viruses are causing, or are associated with, well characterized diseases like infectious salmon anaemia (ISA), pancreas...


Adaptive immunity in teleost fish is based on molecular components with overall similarity to the mammalian counterparts, i.e. T cell receptors, MHC antigens and immunoglobulins. However, significant differences have been introduced between homologous molecules in fish and mammals during evolution,...


Control of the of the salmon louse, Lepeophtheirus salmonis, is considered as a major problem for the salmon farming industry in Norway, as the parasite affects both farmed and wild salmonids. As a result of this challenge, a research centre for study of the biology of the louse has been established...

Study with us!

FDRG mainly recruits students from the Integrated Master Programme in Aquamedicine.

Our graduate students take part in the ongoing activities of the group. We recommend those whom are interested in doing MSc studies withus to contact our faculty to discuss possibilities for thesis subjects.