Ole Andreas Løchen Økstad

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Phone +47 22854789
Mobile phone +47 92603952 +47 92603952
Room 252 ZEB Building (BL21)
Available hours By appointment
Visiting address Pharmacy Building (BL25) Sem Sælandsvei 3 0316 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1068 Blindern 0316 OSLO


ORCID ID: 0000-0001-9351-8535

Academic Interests

Investigating the regulatory mechanisms and the molecular basis for microbial biofilm formation, employing models such as Acinetobacter baumannii and Bacillus cereus.

Mapping resistance mechanisms toward novel antimicrobials, including adjuvant substances used as inhibitors of resistance.

Microbial genome studies, primarily of pathogenic (disease-causing) bacteria belonging to the Bacillus cereus group, including repeated and mobile elements and global transcriptional profiling.

Higher education and employment history

  • Professor, University of Oslo, 2015-present
  • Associate professor, University of Oslo 2005-2015
  • Sabbatical, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 2011
  • Postdoc, University of Oslo, 2000-2002, 2002-2004
  • Visiting scientist, University of Oxford, England, 2001
  • Lab associate, Norwegian Defence Research Estsablishment (military service), 1999-2000
  • PhD, University of Oslo, 2000
  • Master of Science (MSc), University of Oslo, 1995
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc), University of Oslo, 1992


I teach the following subjects in the five year pharmacy masters curriculum:


  • Member of committees (main user group, thematic groups for research laboratories) for the new LifeScience building, UiO campus
  • Member of the board of the Department of Pharmacy (faculty representative) 
  • Course leader - FARM1150 (Pharmaceutical biochemistry) and FRM-MBV4860 (Molecular and pharmaceutical microbiology), UiO





  • For more information, please see my CV
Tags: Microbiology, Life science, Bioinformatics, Molecular biology, Evolution, Biotechnology, Biology, Genomes, DNA sequencing, Biofilm, Food poisoning
Published Nov. 3, 2010 3:46 PM - Last modified Dec. 4, 2020 7:37 AM