Eivind Andreas Baste Undheim

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Visiting address Blindernveien 31 0371 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1066 Blindern 0316 Oslo


I am a RCN FRIPRO Young Research Talent fellow at NTNU based primarily at CEES although I also have a small research group at the Centre for Advanced Imaging, the University of Queensland, Australia.

Academic interests

I am interested in the molecular processes that drive the evolution of traits, how these processes affect each other across levels of biological complexity, and how this knowledge can be applied to guide the discovery and development of novel analytical and molecular tools, therapeutics, and agrochemicals. I am especially interested in the biology and evolution of animal venoms, which are fascinating and key adaptive traits for a wide range of animals that provide opportunities for studying evolutionary innovation and novelty at levels that range from morphology to molecules.


  • Kazandjian, Taline D.; Petras, Daniel; Robinson, Samuel D.; van Thiel, Jory; Greene, Harry W.; Arbuckle, Kevin; Barlow, Axel; Carter, David A.; Wouters, Roel M.; Whiteley, Gareth; Wagstaff, Simon C.; Arias, Ana Silvia; Albulescu, Laura-Oana; Plettenberg Laing, Anthony; Hall, Cara; Heap, A.; Penrhyn-Lowe, S.; McCabe, Cristopher V.; Ainsworth, Stuart; da Silva, Ricardo R.; Dorrestein, Pieter C.; Richardson, Michael K.; Gutiérrez, José Maria; Calvete, Juan J.; Harrison, Robert A.; Vetter, Irina; Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste; Wüster, Wolfgang & Casewell, Nicholas Robert (2021). Convergent evolution of pain-inducing defensive venom components in spitting cobras. Science.  ISSN 0036-8075.  371(6527), s 386- 390 . doi: 10.1126/science.abb9303
  • Modica, Maria Vittoria; Ahmad, Rafi; Ainsworth, Stuart; Anderluh, Gregor; Antunes, Agostinho; Beis, Dimitris; Caliskan, Figen; Serra, Mauro Dalla; Dutertre, Sebastien; Moran, Yehu; Nalbantsoy, Ayse; Oukkache, Naoual; Stano, Pekar; Remm, Maido; von Reumont, Bjoern Marcus; Sarigiannis, Yiannis; Tarallo, Andrea; Tytgat, Jan; Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste; Utkin, Yuri; Verdes, Aida; Violette, Aude & Zancolli, Giulia (2021). The new COST Action European Venom Network (EUVEN)—synergy and future perspectives of modern venomics. GigaScience.  ISSN 2047-217X.  10(3), s 1- 5 . doi: 10.1093/gigascience/giab019
  • Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste & Jenner, Ronald A. (2021). Phylogenetic analyses suggest centipede venom arsenals were repeatedly stocked by horizontal gene transfer. Nature Communications.  ISSN 2041-1723.  12(1), s 1- 14 . doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-21093-8
  • Aili, Samira R.; Touchard, Axel; Hayward, Regan; Robinson, Samuel D.; Pineda, Sandy S.; Lalagüe, Hadrien; Mrinalini, .; Vetter, Irina; Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste; Kini, R. Manjunatha; Escoubas, Pierre; Padula, Matthew P.; Myers, Garry S. A. & Nicholson, Graham M. (2020). An integrated proteomic and transcriptomic analysis reveals the venom complexity of the bullet ant Paraponera clavata. Toxins.  ISSN 2072-6651.  12(5), s 1- 30 . doi: 10.3390/toxins12050324 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Ashwood, Lauren M.; Norton, Raymond S.; Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste; Hurwood, David A. & Prentis, Peter J. (2020). Characterising functional venom profiles of anthozoans and medusozoans within their ecological context. Marine Drugs.  ISSN 1660-3397.  18(202), s 1- 19 . doi: 10.3390/md18040202 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Chow, Chun Yuen; Chin, Yanni K. Y.; Ma, Linlin; Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste & Herzig, Volker (2020). A selective NaV1.1 activator with potential for treatment of Dravet syndrome epilepsy. Biochemical Pharmacology.  ISSN 0006-2952.  181, s 1- 15 . doi: 10.1016/j.bcp.2020.113991
  • Herzig, Volker; Sunagar, Kartik; Wilson, David T. R.; Pineda, Sandy S.; Israel, Mathilde R.; Dutertre, Sebastien; McFarland, Brianna Sollod; Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste; Hodgson, Wayne C; Alewood, Paul F.; Lewis, Richard J.; Bosmans, Frank; Vetter, Irina; King, Glenn F. & Fry, Bryan G. (2020). Australian funnel-web spiders evolved human-lethal δ-hexatoxins for defense against vertebrate predators. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.  ISSN 0027-8424.  117(40), s 24920- 24928 . doi: 10.1073/pnas.2004516117 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Pineda, Sandy S.; Chin, Yanni K. Y.; Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste; Senff, Sebastian; Mobli, Mehdi; Dauly, C.; Escoubas, Pierre; Nicholson, Graham; Kaas, Quentin; Guo, Shaodong; Herzig, Volker; Mattick, John & King, Glenn F. (2020). Structural venomics reveals evolution of a complex venom by duplication and diversification of an ancient peptide-encoding gene. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.  ISSN 0027-8424.  117(21), s 11399- 11408 . doi: 10.1073/pnas.1914536117
  • Walker, Andrew A.; Robinson, Samuel D.; Hamilton, Brett F.; Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste & King, Glenn F. (2020). Deadly Proteomes: A Practical Guide to Proteotranscriptomics of Animal Venoms. Proteomics.  ISSN 1615-9853.  20(1900324) . doi: 10.1002/pmic.201900324
  • Casewell, Nicholas R; Petras, Daniel; Card, Daren C; Suranse, Vivek; Mychajliw, Alexis M.; Richards, David; Koludarov, Ivan; Albulescu, Laura-Oana; Slagboom, Julien; Hempel, Benjamin-Florian; Ngum, Neville M; Kennerley, Rosalind J; Brocca, Jorge L; Whiteley, Gareth; Harrison, Robert A; Bolton, Fiona MS; Debono, Jordan; Vonk, Freek J.; Alfoldi, Jessica; Johnson, Jeremy; Karlsson, Elinor K.; Lindblad-Toh, Kerstin; Mellor, Ian R; Sussmuth, Roderich D.; Fry, Bryan G.; Kuruppu, Sanjaya; Hodgson, Wayne C; Kool, Jeroen; Castoe, Todd A; Barnes, Ian; Sunagar, Kartik; Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste & Turvey, Samuel T. (2019). Solenodon genome reveals convergent evolution of venom in eulipotyphlan mammals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.  ISSN 0027-8424.  116(51), s 25745- 25755 . doi: 10.1073/pnas.1906117116 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Chen, Xingchen; Leahy, Darren; Van Haeften, Jessica; Hartfield, Perry; Prentis, Peter J.; van der Burg, Chloé; Surm, Joachim M.; Pavasovic, Ana; Madio, Bruno; Hamilton, Brett R.; King, Glenn F.; Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste; Brattsand, Maria & Harris, Jonathan M. (2019). A Versatile and Robust Serine Protease Inhibitor Scaffold from Actinia tenebrosa. Marine Drugs.  ISSN 1660-3397.  17(701), s 1- 21 . doi: 10.3390/md17120701 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Drukewitz, Stephan H.; Bokelmann, Lukas; Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste & von Reumont, Bjorn M (2019). Toxins from scratch? Diverse, multimodal gene origins in the predatory robber fly Dasypogon diadema indicate a dynamic venom evolution in dipteran insects. GigaScience.  ISSN 2047-217X.  8(7), s 1- 13 . doi: 10.1093/gigascience/giz081 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Hamilton, Brett R.; Marshall, David L.; Casewell, Nicholas R.; Harrison, Robert A.; Blanksby, Stephen J. & Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste (2019). Mapping enzyme activity on tissue by functional mass spectrometry imaging. Angewandte Chemie International Edition.  ISSN 1433-7851.  59, s 3855- 3858 . doi: 10.1002/anie.201911390 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Jenner, Ronald A.; von Reumont, Bjoern M.; Campbell, Lahcen I. & Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste (2019). Parallel Evolution of Complex Centipede Venoms Revealed by Comparative Proteotranscriptomic Analyses. Molecular Biology and Evolution (MBE).  ISSN 0737-4038.  36(12), s 2748- 2763 . doi: 10.1093/molbev/msz181 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Madio, Bruno; King, Glenn F. & Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste (2019). Sea anemone toxins: A structural overview. Marine Drugs.  ISSN 1660-3397.  17(6), s 1- 26 . doi: 10.3390/md17060325 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Schendel, Vanessa; Rash, Lachlan D.; Jenner, Ronald A. & Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste (2019). The diversity of venom: The importance of behavior and venom system morphology in understanding its ecology and evolution. Toxins.  ISSN 2072-6651.  11(11), s 1- 22 . doi: 10.3390/toxins11110666 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Walker, Andrew A.; Robinson, Samuel D.; Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste; Jin, Jiayi; Han, Xiao; Fry, Bryan G.; Vetter, Irina & King, Glenn F. (2019). Missiles of mass disruption: Composition and glandular origin of venom used as a projectile defensive weapon by the assassin bug Platymeris rhadamanthus. Toxins.  ISSN 2072-6651.  11(11), s 1- 21 . doi: 10.3390/toxins11110673 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Richter, Sandy; Helm, Conrad; Meunier, Frederic A.; Hering, Lars; Campbell, Lahcen I.; Drukewitz, Stephan H.; Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste; Jenner, Ronald A.; Schiavo, Giampietro & Bleidorn, Christoph (2017). Comparative analyses of glycerotoxin expression unveil a novel structural organization of the bloodworm venom system. BMC Evolutionary Biology.  ISSN 1471-2148.  17:64, s 1- 19 . doi: 10.1186/s12862-017-0904-4
  • Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste; Georgieva, DN; Thoen, Hanne Halkinrud; Norman, JA; Mork, Jarle; Betzel, C & Fry, BG (2010). Venom on ice: First insights into Antarctic octopus venoms. Toxicon.  ISSN 0041-0101.  56(6), s 897- 913 . doi: 10.1016/j.toxicon.2010.06.013
  • Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste; Norman, JA; Thoen, Hanne Halkinrud & Fry, BG (2010). Genetic identification of Southern Ocean octopod samples using mtCOI. Comptes rendus. Biologies.  ISSN 1631-0691.  333(5), s 395- 404 . doi: 10.1016/j.crvi.2010.02.002
  • Trembath, Dane F; Fearn, Simon & Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste (2009). Natural history of the slaty grey snake (Stegonotus cucullatus) (Serpentes : Colubridae) from tropical north Queensland, Australia. Australian journal of zoology (Print).  ISSN 0004-959X.  57(2), s 119- 124 . doi: 10.1071/ZO08091

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