Microalgae & Microbiomes

The M2 Research Group


The M2 Research Group (M2RG) specializes in using multi-omics, ecology and advanced cultivation for translating fundamental biology into new engineering design principles related to carbon capture, bioproducts and other sustainability issues.

We study marine microalgae, complex microbial communities and non-traditional hosts for the purposes of biodesign and control.

Founded in 2019, the M2RG is in the Norwegian College of Fishery Sciences within the Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics. Our team also coordinates activities related to greenhouse gas managment, within the Arctic Centre for Sustainable Energy - ARC.









Schweitzer, H.D., Aalto, N.J., Busch, W., Chan, D.T.C., Chiesa, M., Elvevoll, E.O., Gerlach, R., Krause, K., Mocaer, K., Moran, J.J., Noel, J.P., Patil, S.K., Schwab, Y., Wijffels, R.H., Wulff, A., Øvreås, L., Bernstein, H.C.* (2021) Innovating carbon capture biotechnologies through ecosystem inspired solutions. One Earth. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2020.12.006

Dalheim, L.*, Svenning, J.B., Eilertsen, H.C., Vasskog, T. and Olsen, R.L. (2021). Stability of lipids during wet storage of the marine diatom Porosira glacialis under semi-preserved conditions at 4 and 20 C. Journal of Applied Phycologyhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s10811-020-02292-0

Osvik, R. D.*, Andersen, J.H., Eilertsen, H.C., Geneviere, A.-M., Hansen, E. H. (2021). Bioactivity of a Marine Diatom (Porosira glacialis [Grunow] Jörgensen 1905) Cultivated With and Without Factory Smoke CO2. Industrial Biotechnology. 
Osvik, R. D.*, Ingebrigtsen, R.A., Norrbin, M.F., Andersen, J.H., Eilertsen, H.C., Hansen, E.H. (2021). Adding Zooplankton to the OSMAC Toolkit: Effect of Grazing Stress on the Metabolic Profile and Bioactivity of a Diatom. Marine Drugs. 



Morales-Sánchez, D.*, Schulze, P.S., Kiron, V. and Wijffels, R.H. 2020. Temperature-dependent lipid accumulation in the polar marine microalga Chlamydomonas malina RCC2488. Frontiers in plant science. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2020.619064

Svenning, J.B.*, Dalheim, L., Vasskog, T., Matricon, L., Vang, B., Olsen, R. L Lipid yield from the diatom Porosira glacialis is determined by solvent choice and number of extractions, independent of cell disruption. (2020) Scientific reports. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-79269-z

Dalheim, L.*, Svenning, J.B., Eilertsen, H.C., Vasskog, T., Olsen, R.L. (2020). Stability of lipids during wet storage of the marine diatom Porosira glacialis under semi-preserved conditions at 4 and 20 degrees C. Journal of Applied Phycology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10811-020-02292-0

Khan, N., Yeung, E., Farris, Y., Fansler, S. J., & Bernstein, H. C.* (2020). A broad-host-range event detector: expanding and quantifying performance between Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas species. Synthetic Biologyhttps://doi.org/10.1093/synbio/ysaa002

Kessell, A.K., McCullough, H.C., Auchtung, J.M., Bernstein, H.C., Song, H-S.* (2020). Predictive interactome modelling for precision microbiome engineering. Current Opinion in Chemical Engineeringhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.coche.2020.08.003

Zupanic, A., Bernstein, H. C., & Heiland, I. (2020). Systems biology: current status and challenges. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 1-2. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00018-019-03410-z

Lee, J-Y, Haruta, S., Kato, S., Bernstein, H.C., Lindemann, S.R., Lee, D-Y., Fredrickson, J.K., & Song, H-S.* (2020). Prediction of Neighbor-dependent Microbial Interactions from Limited Population Data. Frontiers in Microbiology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2019.03049



Bernstein, H.C.* (2019). Reconciling engineering and ecological design principles for building microbiomes. mSystems. HTTPS://MSYSTEMS.ASM.ORG/CONTENT/4/3/E00106-19

Svenning, J. B.*, Dalheim, L., Eilertsen, H. C., & Vasskog, T. (2019). Temperature dependent growth rate, lipid content and fatty acid composition of the marine cold-water diatom Porosira glacialis. Algal research37, 11-16. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.algal.2018.10.009

Zengler, K., Hofmockel, K., Baliga, N.S., Behie, S.W., Bernstein, H.C., Brown, J.B., Dinney, J.R., Folge, S.A., Forry, S.P., Hess, M., Jackson, S.A., Jansson, C., Lindemann, S.R., Pett-Ridge, J., Maranas, C., Venturelli, O.S., Wallenstein, M.D., Shank, E.A., Northen, T.R.* (2019) EcoFABS: advancing microbiome science through standardized fabricated ecosystems. Nature Methods. 16, pages567–571. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41592-019-0465-0 

Zegeye, E.K., Brislawn, J.C., Farris, Y., Fansler, S.J., Hofmockel, K.S., Jansson, J.K., Wright, A.T., Graham, E.B., Naylor, D., McClure, R.S.*, Bernstein, H.C.* (2019). Selection, succession and stabilization of soil microbial consortia. mSystems. HTTPS://MSYSTEMS.ASM.ORG/CONTENT/4/4/E00055-19

Song, H-S.*, Lee, J-Y, Haruta, S., Nelson, W.C., Lee, D-Y., Lindemann, S.R., Fredrickson, J.K., Bernstein, H.C. (2019). Minimal Interspecies Interaction Adjustment (MIIA): inference of member-dependent interactions in microbiomes. Frontiers in Microbiology. HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.3389/FMICB.2019.01264 

Brislawn, J.C., Graham, E.B., Dana, K., Ihardt, P., Fansler, S.J., Chrisler, W.B., Cliff, J.B., Stegen, J.C., Moran, J.J.*, Bernstein, H.C.* (2019). Forfeiting the priority effect: turnover defines biofilm community succession. The ISME Journal. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41396-019-0396-x

 Linn, V.S., Volk, R.F., DeLeon, A.J., Anderson, L.N., Purvine, S.O., Shukla, A.K., Bernstein, H.C., Smith, J.N., Wright, A.T.* (2019). Structure dependent determination of organophosphate targets in mammalian tissues using activity-based protein profiling. Chemical Research in Toxicology. HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.1021/ACS.CHEMRESTOX.9B00344

Group Leader: 
Hans Christopher Bernstein
Associate Professor
The Arctic Centre for Sustainable Energy - ARC
Norwegian College of Fishery Sciences
Factuly of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics - BFE
email: hans.c.bernstein(@)uit.no 
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