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Circle for Infection, Inflammation and Immunity

The Circle for Infection, Inflammation and Immunity (CIII) connects basal and clinically oriented research groups in a common effort to develop scientific collaborations and insights in a stimulating, productive and high-quality multidisciplinary learning environment.



CIII is a continuation of the PhD school for Infection, Inflammation and Immunity, wich was held from 2012 to 2016. It consists of members of the Departments of Medical Biology (IMB), Clinical Medicine (IKM) and Pharmacy (IFA), and Closely Collaborating partners are the University Hospital of Northern Norway (UNN). Other IMPORTANT collaboration partners are the Department of Community Medicine (ISM), MabCent (BFE), SYSBIO, and Nordland Hospital Trust (NLSH).



The continual development of virulent pathogens resistant two antimicrobials under lines the importance of increasing our understanding of adaptations, responses and interactions both within- and between hosts and microbes. Participants will gain insight into these processes through the circle's multidisciplinary profile including the research fields of microbiology, immunology, epidemiology, cell biology, infection medicine and drug therapy.


Graduate courses

Molecular and clinical aspects of infection, inflammation and immunity MBI-8001

This is an advanced topic graduate-level course with lectures provided mostly by invited distinguished scientists. The course curriculum will change on a yearly basis and addresses important research questions, approaches as well as applied methods in selected topics within the PhD school's research areas.



Research seminar series in infection inflammation and immunity  MBI-8002

This weekly seminar series creates an open arena for collegial discussions, and sharing of new knowledge emerging from ongoing research. Presentations are given by members of the affiliated research groups as well as from visiting scientists.

Thursdays at 2:15 pm unless other wise stated. The title and location of upcoming presentations are announced under "III seminar series" in the right margin on this page.


Activities for students

Annually, an overnight research gathering outside of campus for students and advisors is arranged with invited guest lectures. Some of the students will be invited to presented their ongoing research. A main focus of this event is to create social and scientific networks for both students and employees. The gathering is also meant as an arena for identification of new perspectives and research approaches creating synergy effects.







Inflammation in human disease


Microbial Pharmacology, Population Biology


Pediatric Infection


RNA and molecular pathology


Infection Biology

Zykov, Ilya

Wagner, Theresa

Røkeberg, Merethe

Ajayi, Clement

Lægreid, Ingvild 

Killie, Ida

Heide, Gøril


Skjeflo, Espen

Nymo, Stig

Kloos, Julia


Pain, Maria

Esaiassen Eirin


Horvei, Kjersti


Storflor, Merete

Bleis, Christina

Graduated PhD Students

Audun Sivertsen - Mobile genetic elements causing plasticity in E. faecium

Ekaterina Mishchenko - Antibacterial and anti-biofilm activity of novel marine natural product mimics

Vidar Sørum -  Evolution and Maintenance of DNA-uptake and Recombination in Acinetobacter baylyi

Fatemeh Askarian - Molecular determinants Involved during Staphylococcus aureus colonization and / or infection

Upcoming events

III seminarseries

"Population Dynamics of V. cholerae"

By Aaron Nicholas Gillman (InfBio)

today 14.15 at Aud8

Past events

III seminarseries

"SasG protein of Staphylococcus aureus MSSA476" by Clement Ajayi (HMI)

"Enterococcus faecium releases membrane vesicles" by Bishnu Joshi (HMI)

"Staphylococcus haemolyticus - clinical vs commensal isolates" by Maria Pain (PedInf)


MBI-8001 Molecular and Clinical Aspects of Infection, Inflammation and Immunity

10 stp PhD course

2017: PicturesProgram

2016: Program

2015: PicturesProgram

2014: Progam

Cruise to Lofoten Svolvær: Pictures, Program