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Scientific Committee


Jeanette Hammer Andersen


UiT - The Arctic university of Norway (Norway)

Jeanette Hammer Andersen is a professor in marine bioprospecting at UiT- The Arctic University of Norway and head of the natural products platform Marbio at UiT. Marbio has experience in screening extract library of natural product origin, both terrestrial and marine organisms and has successfully identified several novel bioactive compounds.  Research interest:  bioactive natural products,  bioactivity screening, anticancer and antibacterial natural products.

Gro Elin Kjæreng Bjerga

Research Director

NORCE Norwegian Research Centre (Norway)

Gro Bjerga is a Research director at NORCE Norwegian Research Centre where she works on molecular and microbial discoveries and development of biotechnological solutions for industry, focusing primarily on enzyme and microalgae research. Bjerga herself has a background in molecular biology, including a PhD from the University of Bergen. Currently, Bjerga is leading a large portfolio of projects in biotech as an enabling technology for marine and circular bioeconomy in Norway.

Thomas Ostenfeld Larsen


Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Thomas Ostenfeld Larsen is professor in microbial natural product chemistry at the Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine at DTU. His research activities covers various aspects of fungal, bacterial, and microalgal natural products chemistry. This has lead to the isolation and structural characterization of more than 200 novel natural products, including complex fish killing microalgal toxins and pigments being investigated as potential new food ingredients. TOL is currently a member of the Center of Excellence CeMiSt, aiming at understanding the true ecological role of natural product. He is the author of 186 scientific articles and 8 patents.

Trond Vidar Hansen


University of Oslo (Norway)

Trond Vidar Hansen is professor in medicinal chemistry at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Oslo, and adjunct professor in natural product chemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science, Norwegian University of Life Sciences. His research activities are spanning organic chemistry, organic synthesis, biocatalysis, natural product chemistry and medicinal chemistry. Dr. Hansen possesses a strong expertise in lipid chemistry and the chemical mechanisms behind resolution of inflammation. He is the author of more than 115 scientific articles and several review articles and book chapters. For more details, please visit the webpage of the LIPCHEM group.

Donatella de Pascale


Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology (Italy)

Dr. Donatella de Pascale got her PhD in Biotechnology, in 2000. She has been a Researcher at the IBP-CNR in Naples, for 11 years. From 2019, she became Senior Technologist at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, and Director of the Ecosustainable Marine Biotechnology Department in 2020. She has been the Coordinator of H2020-MSCA-ITN: MarPipe, of H2020 – MSCA-RISE: Ocean Medicines and LIFE SEDREMED, and partner in H2020-FNR11-2020 Secreted, HE-MSCA -DN HOTBIO. Her research activity is mostly focused on natural products from marine sources. She has published more than 80 papers (H-index 29). She is Expert for EU Commission and elected in the EuroMarine Steering Committee. She is appointed as Liaison Officer of EMBRC-IT.

Antonio Garcia-Moyano

Senior Researcher

NORCE, Marine Biotechnology Group (Norway)

Antonio García-Moyano is senior researcher at NORCE Marine Biotechnology group, and holds a doctoral phd in molecular biology. He has a background in microbiology and has competence in metagenomic approaches for enzyme discovery as well as synthetic biology methods for strain development.

Elin Moe


ITQB NOVA - Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal)

Elin Moe is a researcher at the Macromolecular Crystallography Unit at ITQB NOVA in Oeiras, Portugal and the leader of the DNA repair team associated with the structural genomics group in the unit. She is also an invited associate professor at the Department of Chemistry at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway. Her main research interest is DNA repair and development of enzymes for biomolecular and biotechnological applications. Her target enzymes originates from extremophilic bacteria whereof several of marine origin.

Alexander Wentzel

Senior research scientist

SINTEF Industry (Norway)

Dr. Alexander Wentzel works as a Senior research scientist in the Research group for Sustainable Biotechnologies and Bioprospecting at the Department of Biotechnology and Nanomedicine at SINTEF Industry in Trondheim, Norway. He studied Biology and holds a PhD in Molecular biology from the University of Göttingen, Germany. After two post-doc periods at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU he joined SINTEF in 2010.

His main scientific interest lies within studying microbial biodiversity in nature and exploiting its genetic potential for the discovery and development of new bioactive compounds and biocatalysts with a wide range of applications. In addition, his work covers the development and use of microbial cell factories in industrial biotechnology processes, pharmaceutical R&D, and new biotech-based solutions for the circular bioeconomy.

He thereby combines, as required, his competences in molecular genetics, microbiology, functional metagenomics, bioinformatics, systems biology, synthetic biology, enzyme biochemistry, and high throughput screening to identify and develop new opportunities for biotechnology towards solving some of today's grand societal challenges.

Within his focus areas, Alexander Wentzel is regularly leading projects at the national and European level. Among others, he is currently SINTEF Principal Investigator in Horizon 2020 projects AtlantECO, EnXylaScope, and MARBLES, and coordinator of BBI JU project PERFECOAT and Horizon 2020 Green Deal project PYROCO2.

Øystein Arlov

Senior Research Scientist

SINTEF Industry (Norway)

Øystein Arlov is a Senior Research Scientist at SINTEF Industry, Dept. of Biotechnology and Nanomedicine. His main research interests are within marine polysaccharides, including their extraction from biomass, functional characterization, and applications within biomaterials and biomedicine. In the recent years, Arlov's focus has been on increasing the understanding and application of wild harvested and cultivated brown algae.