Mikkel Meyn Liljegren
Norwegian PhD student at CEES, starting October 2012. I'm working on the Red Queen perspective under Professor Stenseth and doctors Fischer and Trosvik, using satelite molecular markers to track evolutionary changes in competing strains of E. coli.
Before coming to CEES I was a master's student and associate researcher in the research group for pharmaco-epidemiology and bacterial adaptation at the University of Tromsø, working on molecular mechanisms involved in transformation and DNA repair in the soil bacteria Acinetobacter baylyi, and pilot experiments on E. coli competition to determine fitness cost of certain forms of antibiotics resistance.
My research interests are in bacterial evolution, especially in terms of fitness costs of horizontal gene transfer/sexual reproduction (to the degree bacteria can be said to have any), competitive evolution between host/parasite, and the molecular mechanics behind and spread of antibiotics resistance and virulence factors.