We were thrilled to receive funding from Nansenfondet og det dermed forbundne fond and Anders Jahre fond in 2017. The funding is for the project "Uncovering novel mechanisms of jumping genes in development"

We are organising a mini symposium on epigenetics and stem cells 9th of May 2017. With a great line up of speakers and already many in the audience, this will be an unforgetful event. To find out more visit this link or directly sign up here (mandatory, deadline 5th of May but seats are limited).

The Norwegian Research Council announced 15 of March ten new Norwegian Centres of Excellence which will get in total 1.5 billion NOK over the next ten years. Scientific quality at a top international level is the main criteria of the selected centres. Five of the new centres were from University of Oslo, two from NTNU, one from University of Bergen, one from Norwegian School of Economics and one from Norwegian Institute of Public Health.  

We are pleased to announce a postdoctoral research fellowship in epigenetics and chromatin dynamics. This is a 3-year position funded by the Norwegian Research Council with start date in September 2017. We look for a motivated and talented candidate to join our team and push the boundaries of chromatin research. To read more and apply please visit this link. The application deadline is extended over Easter to 12th of May 2017!

We are also looking for a motivated Master student to work on a project in the PharmaTox strategic research initiative. For more info visit link.

For further questions please do not hesitate to contact Ragnhild Eskeland.

The University of Oslo Library of Natural Sciences organized an Exhibition presenting women in natural sciences at UiO the last 100 years. The whole event was opened by Kristin Halvorsen (formerly the 78th Minister of Finance and the first woman to serve in this post) followed by very nice presentations by Anne Vaalund and Solveig Kristensen (UiO). Sissel Rogne lead a debate with Unni Olsbye, Anja Røyne Torunn Kjelsdstad and Ragnhild Eskeland. Overall a very nice and inspiring event and a big thank you to Realfagsbiblioteket.

The exhibition is still open to visit. A collage of todays and tomorrows women researchers at UiO can be found here.


We have announced a 3-year bioinformatician post-doctoral position to be part of a interdisciplinary team from the Department of Informatics and the Department of Biosciences at University of Oslo. We are looking for a strong and enthusiastic candidate to work on integrative epigenomics. The candidate should have documented experience with bioinformatics and preferably with either large-scale software development or with gene regulation and chromatin. The balance between system development and modeling of gene regulation can to some degree be tuned to the selected candidate, meaning that a span of expertise ranging from generic software development to transcription factor dynamics could potentially be of relevance.

Please visit link to apply, the deadline is 1st of August 2017.

Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi is organising a seminar 18th of January 2017 at 17.30 on CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing with Emmanuelle Carpentier who is one of the developers of this technology as keynote lecturer. Ragnhild Eskeland and Olav Gjelsvik will present aspects on use of the technology and ethics. To read more about the seminar visit following link.

Read also an article about the seminar in Titan (in Norwegian).

We are very pleased to receive research funding from The Norwegian Research Council of Norway FRIPRO 2017. Ragnhild Eskeland was one of the 29 that received a research project from a total of 350 applications. This will secure two more group members for the next three years. This research is focused on how genes communicate and the dynamics of these interactions.

We are also grateful for research funding from Wedel Jarlsbergs Fund to our project Safer Medication in Pregnancy, which is part of PharmaTox Strategic Research Initiative at UiO. This is valuable funding for running costs for our study on paracetamol in human embryonic stem cells.

We would like to wish our followers all the best for the Christmas Holidays and the New Year with a photo from our creative Christmas lunch.

16. November 2016 Ragnhild Eskeland presented at UiO Life Science lunch seminar Cancer and Stem Cells organised by the Science library and UIO:Life Science.

Madeleine Fosslie defended her PhD thesis: "Histone variants H2A.Z.1 and H2A.Z.2 in embryonic stem cells and during differentiation" Thursday 27th of October 2016 at Department of Biosciences.

We welcome two new members to the chromatome team: PhD student Martin Falck and masterstudent Melanie Engelfriet.


For the 13th time stem cell researchers gathered at the beautifully located Soria Moria Hotel and conference center.


We are grateful to receive research funding for our study on paracetamol and its the neurodevelopmental effect on the unborn child. This is part of a study in the strategic research environment PharmaTox at University of Oslo. Our study is focusing on the mechanistic understanding of paracetamol using human embryonic stem cells as a model for early human development.

We are pleased to receive funding from Nansenfondet og det dermed forbundne fond, April 2016. We received money for the project " Drugs in pregnancy – epigenetic outcomes of exposure in human embryonic stem cells" which is part of the Strategic Research Environment PharmaTox.


We are pleased to announce that our application Center for Cancer Cell Reprogramming is further to the next round for Centre of Excellence. For more info visit UiO and Norwegian Research Council. 

We are looking for a motivated PhD student for a project in the Chromatome team in the PharmaTox Stategic Research environment, UiO.

The project is entitled: "Drugs in pregnancy – epigenetic outcomes of exposure to pharmaceuticals in human embryonic stem cells "

The project will run from Autumn 2016 for 3 years or 4 years with 25% teaching. 

Please visit link and apply: PhD Research Fellowship in Epigenetics and Stem Cells

The deadline is 15th of April 2016.

The University newspaper Titan UiO features an interview titled "Pointless to clone a pretty cat" written by Bjørn Røsjø.

We do not clone cats in the lab, but we are very interested in epigenetics. Did you know that only female cats can have three colours? Learn more about these calico cats in the featured article and why epigenetics is important in deciding the colour patterns of the cat. Ragnhild Eskeland explains why you will never get a carbon-copy of your favourite cat if you wish clone it. 

The University of Oslo newspaper Titan published an article where Ragnhild Eskeland is explaining how we will use embryonic stem cells to understand the epigenetic effect on the unborn child when the mother uses medication during pregnancy. The focus is on the drug paracetamol. This study is part of PharmaTox Strategic Research Environment.

We are pleased to announce that Ragnhild Eskeland is now an associated member of the Norwegian Center for Stem Cell Research. NCS is a national facility that is doing basic and translational stem cell research. This will be very useful for the chromatome team´s scientific research and promote new and exciting collaborations.

Madeleine L. Fosslie, Ignacio Cuervo and Ragnhild Eskeland visited "Coding and Non-Coding Functions of the Genome" part of the Barcelone Conference series on Epigenetics and Cancer (BCEC) organised by B-DEBATE and CRG.

The conference had a fantastic line up of speakers with over 200 participants and was a meeting place for scientists from all over Europe. 

We are very happy to receive research funds from Norwegian Cancer Society. These funds will help us get a better understanding of epigenetic regulation and chromatin organisation in prostate cancer cells. This knowledge may be helpful for future diagnosis and understanding cancer progression.

Beata Nadratowska-Wesolowska has been granted the Kristine Bonnevie stipend for a research stay abroad. She is going to spend some weeks in spring 2016 at the EMBL Advanced Light Microscopy Facility in Heidelberg, Germany. The aim of her project is to use stare-of-art methods to measure the dynamic changes of the single genetic locus during its activation and repression.

The 12th Annual Norwegian Stem Cell Networking Meetingorganised by the Norwegian Research Council  took place at Soria Moria Hotel in Oslo at 29-30 September 2015. For more info on the program, see this link.

An article "Medisinbruk hos gravide: Den krevende forskningsformidlingen" about PharmaTox and dissemination of research by Norunn K. Torheim was published on UIO´s website. Emma Escribano Serrano is a new Erasmus student that joined our team and she will be working on the PharmaTox project "Drugs in pregnancy – epigenetic outcomes of exposure to paracetamol in human embryonic stem cells".

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