Rigmor Solberg

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Phone +47 22857514
Mobile phone +47 97739048
Room 433, Gydas vei
Visiting address Gydas vei 8 0363 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1068 Blindern 0316 OSLO

Academic Interests

My academic interests are within the area of pharmacology, involving the effects of drugs. Our research group (ProTarg; Proteolytic Enzymes as Drug Targets) is studying proteolytic enzymes, which are enzymes cleaving other proteins and thus, either activate or degrade the substrate proteins. The research group is particularly interested in cysteine proteases (legumain, cathepsins) and their roles in normal physiology and diseases (pathophysiology). Main projects involve studying the interplay between and drug effects on cysteine proteases and their endogenous inhibitors (cystatins) in atherosclerosis, cancer and osteoporosis.


I teach physiology, pharmacology, and pharmacotherapy in the following courses of the Pharmacy program:

  • FARM1110 - Pharmacology, Physiology and Cell Biology 1
  • FARM1140 - Pharmacology, Physiology and Cell Biology 2
  • FARM3110 - Pharmacotherapy 2
  • FARM5140 - Sports pharmacy and anti-doping
  • FARM5170 - Drugs for treatment of degenerative and life style diseases
  • FARM5180 - Drugs against cancer and autoimmune diseases


  • Leader of the Phd committee, Department of Pharmacy, UiO
  • Member of the Phd council, Facultu of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, UiO

Higher education and employment history

Higher education:

  • Ph.D. (Dr. philos.), Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo (UiO), 1994
  • Master of Science in Pharmacy (M.Sci.Pharm.), School of Pharmacy, UiO, 1988
  • Bachelor in Pharmacy, Oslo University College, 1983

Employment history:

  • 2014-15: Visiting researcher (sabbatical), Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, La Jolla, California, USA
  • 2005-today: Full professor in pharmacology, School of Pharmacy, University of Oslo (UiO)
  • 1998-2005: Associate professor in pharmacology, School of Pharmacy, UiO
  • 1996-1998: Researcher, Institute for Surgical Research, Oslo University Hospital - Rikshospitalet, Oslo
  • 1994-1996: Postdoc fellow (Norwegian Research Council), Institute for Medical Biochemistry, Preclinical Medicine, UiO
  • 1992/93 (1 year): Visiting research fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of California San Diego (UCSD), La Jolla, California, USA
  • 1991 (3 mounths): Visiting research fellow, Institute of Medical Genetics, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • 1988-1993: PhD-student (Norwegian Cancer Society), Laboratory for Gene Technology, Institute for Pathology, Rikshospitalet and Institute for Medical Biochemistry, Preclinical Medicine, UiO
  • 1984-1987: Pharmacist, various pharmacies and hospital in Norway
Tags: Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Drugs, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Life science, Atherosclerosis, Cancer, Osteoporosis, Proteases, Proteolytic enzymes, Proteolysis, Cysteine proteases, Legumain, Cathepsins, Cystatins
Published Nov. 3, 2010 3:44 PM - Last modified Apr. 8, 2021 12:19 PM