Team members

NMBU – Norwegian University of Life Siences

BERG Vidar

BERG Vidar

Project partner responsible

PhD, Senior Engineer at the Institute of Food Safety and Infection Biology of NMBU, and during the time he occupied different research position such as: Head Engineer MT-lab, analytical engineer at MT-lab, Norwegian Food Safety Authorities for report writing regarding heavy metals and organochlorines in marine fish, report writing regarding heavy metals and organochlorines in marine fish, Norwegian Food Safety Authorities/Norwegian Environmental Agency for “Suggested strategy for screening of environmental pollutants in marine organisms in Norwegian ports and fjords. PhD diploma at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science. Between 1992–1993 Møreforskning, Ålesund, as fish research, 1990–1991 Lector, Rygjabø Videregående School, teaching, 1987–1989 – Field assistant, University of Oslo, 1986 – Field assistant, PROMARE, Norwegian Polar Institute, work field: Biology sampling of ringed seals.

Recent work activities: 2014 – 2017, SIDPOP – Decision support tool for the management of persistent organic pollutants. Case study: Mureș Hydrographic Basin, EEA grants 2009-2014; 2014 – this date. Screening of contaminants in freshwater fish for the Norwegian Environmental Protection Agency; 2016 – this date. dCod 1.0: Decoding the systems toxicology of Atlantic cod”. An extensive cooperation between several Norwegian Universities to determine effects on a molecular level in cod, including wild life studies, in vivo and in vitro models; 2019 – Novelpol. Toxic chemicals in waste for soil improvement. PhD diploma at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science. He publishes 7 research articles as first author and 27 as co-author.

LYCHE Jan Ludvig

LYCHE Jan Ludvig

Professor, Senior reasearcher

Since 2014 Professor/Laboratory leader, Norwegian University of Life Science (NMBU).

Project management experience:

2021 –NMBU – Miljøgifter I ferskvannsfisk – Coordinator – NFR; 2021 –Capacity Building in Aquatic and Environmental Health in West Africa – Norhed/Norad; 2021 – Enhanced Capacity for Aquatic Resources in East and South Africa – Norhed/Norad; 2021 – Sintef- SFI Harvest/Centre for Research Based Innovation- WP leader-NFR; 2016 – UIB- dCOD/Digital Life project- WP leader-NFR; 2017 – NMBU- NovelPoll-WP leader- NFR; 2018 – UIO – Stranded Whales – Participant – KLP; 2018 – UIO – Anthrotox – Participant – UIO Centre of Life Sciences; 2013 -NMBU- CERAD/Centre of excellence – WP leader – NFR; 2015 –NMBU – Miljøgifter I ferskvannsfisk – Coordinator – NFR; 2014-NMBU – THRAHESA – WP leader – Norhed/Norad; 2017-2018 NMBU – SIDPOP – Coordinator – EEA grant; 2014-2018 NMBU – Moratanz – Coordinator -NFR

Author of 75 original research articles, 4 review articles, 2 book chapters, 4 reports issued by Norwegian Environment Authority, 23 risk assessment reports for the Norwegian Food Safety Authority. 13 publications as first and 16 as last author.

SØRUM Henning

SØRUM Henning

Professor, Senior reasearcher

Research projects investigating novel bacterial infections in the Norwegian salmon farming industry for 35 years, including characterization of novel fish pathogenic bacterial agents and genetic analysis of the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria of fish farms related to antibiotic use in controlling infections. Development of fin rot and skin ulcers is a common health problem related to farming of fish and closed systems like RAS facilities seem to be extra susceptible in development of the infections responsible for the ulcers and fin rot with increased mortality. This work has resulted in a start-up company Previwo (https://www.previwo.no) that develops novel vaccines relevant for controlling bacterial infections including skin ulcer and fin rot diseases. This research has also included development of probiotic bacteria that can enhance growth and reduce ulcer problems of farmed salmonids in particular in salt and brackish water. The work has resulted in three patents and one patent application (NO20120000561 20120514; US201415036237 20141113; US201415036229 20141113 and NO20160001144 20160708). Board member on Previwo AS and Bellevacc AS founded from the research related to bacterial infections. Previous board member in Procaryo AS founded 1998 with focus in on-site diagnostic of bacteria in mastitis milk (US20030036109A1).

ROBERTSON Lucy J.

ROBERTSON Lucy J.

Professor, Senior reasearcher, Parasitology

Profile: Well-published, energetic research scientist, with a large work capacity. Specialises in epidemiology of intestinal parasites (particularly protozoa, e.g., Cryptosporidium, Giardia, but also helminths – especially those with zoonotic potential), detection and identification of transmission stages in environmental matrices (particularly food, water, and sewage), outbreak control and risk assessment, viability assays and method development, and interactions of parasites with host nutrition. Wide, established network of collaboration, both nationally and internationally.