Let us transform every challenge into opportunity, let us convert every idea into reality, let us work hard for an inspiring positive, and scientifically successful year. Happy New Year to all FIV members and collaborators.
I did my master’s degree in Biomedical Science at the University of Bergen in the Mitochondrial Medicine & Neurogenetics (MMN) group working on mitochondrial biogenesis and function in glial astrocytes derived from induced pluripotent stem cells carrying POLG mutation. I am broadly interested in gene editing and fish immunology with particular emphasis on the innate immune response. My main research focus is to elucidate the roles of viral pattern recognition receptors in antiviral immunity in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) using CRISPR/Cas9 based gene editing. This includes investigating and identifying the in-depth function of innate immunity and its relevant signaling pathways against viral invaders. I do my Ph.D. under the supervision of Eva Stina Edholm and Jorunn Jørgensen as a part of the interdisciplinary project among genomics, vaccinology, and immunology partners at UiT.
We are pleased to announce a new paper by Yorick van der Wal et al.
We are pleased to announce that collaboration between members of Vaxxinova Research & Development GmbH (Germany), including Ph.D. student Yorick van der Wal, and UiT based members of Vaccinology and Immunology Group has led to the publication of "The importance of the Atlantic salmon peritoneal cavity B cell response: Local IgM secreting cells are predominant upon Piscirickettsia salmonis infection is" in the Journal of Developmental & Comparative Immunology. The article is now accessible online.
As a new PhD student at the Fish Immunology and Vaccinology group I will be developing new methods in microscopy and histology to study the progression of piscine myocarditis virus. I am part of the interdisciplinary UiT project VirtualStain, which aims to develop label free microscopy methods utilizing computer vision and machine learning. I am very passionate about science, and I am eager to learn more about the research you are conducting at FIV! My supervisors at NFH are Jaya and Roy.
After completing a bachelor’s degree in microbiology at Michigan State University I worked for several years in an immunology laboratory at the University of Michigan where we studied mycosis caused by Cryptococcus neoformans in a mouse model. While working there I developed a foundation in immunology and also got firsthand exposure to the duties of a career researcher. For my master’s thesis, written at Wageningen University, I implemented a metabolic model to optimize growth of Mycoplasma pneumoniae, a proposed vaccine chassis, through metabolic engineering and media design, with a focus on lipids.
During my PhD I will salmon cardiomyopathy resulting from piscine myocarditis virus infection (PMCV) utilizing methods in automated, label-free microscopy. This is an exciting and rapidly developing technology which can bypass diagnostic antibodies, for instance via high throughput in-situ hybridization. Part of my duty work will involve maintaining the microscopy lab on the 3rd floor, and I look forward to training users in these techniques (once I become proficient mysefl!).
My career aspirations are to become a researcher in fish and marine biotechnology working in academia along with partners in the aquaculture industry.
Group members had a lot of fun during a short ski trip to Charlottenlund. Lunch with aromatic campfire coffee followed by sledging really lifted our spirits. We made sure that the social distancing rules were followed.
Huge thanks to the orginizers!
We are hoping to have more initiatives like that in the near future.
Congratulations to many of our group members on their newly released article Salmonid Alphavirus Subtype 3 Induces Prolonged Local B Cell Responses in Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) After Intraperitoneal Infection. You may read it here.
Congratulations to Eva-Stina Edholm for being awarded the Educational Prize 2019
Eva-Stina was awarded the BFE Faculty's 2019 price for excellence in teaching!
The nomination by the students is based on her ability to communicate a difficult topic in an engaging and inspirational manner. Her teaching motivates students' discussion, while her enthusiasm and strong scientific background contribute to a healthy learning environment.
I am a trained molecular biologist in infection biology. My Ph.D. thesis from the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi, India was focused on the comparative study of structural and immunological characteristics of erythrocytic stage expressed merozoite surface protein 3, a leading vaccine candidate. My Post-Doctoral fellowship in International Aids Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) thereafter dealt with the immunological characterization of novel MPER based vaccine constructs against HIV-1. Further, I was Post-Doctoral scientist in Karolinska Institute, Sweden, where I studied host-pathogen interaction in the context of Surfin 4.2 in Plasmodium falciparum. I also did my advanced masters in Exercise Biomedicine-Human performance from Halmstad University, Sweden with a research thesis from Karolinska Institute, Sweden, in molecular characterization the effect of exercise stimulated secretory mimetics from adipocytes in type 2 diabetic subjects.
In January 2020 we will resume our biweekly Journal Club meetings. Presentations open for the public will be announced in the Events section and on Tavla. As usual, please await reminders about meetings from Michelle.