I have an interest in the general biology of microorganisms.
I have always been interested in the physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology of various phototrophic bacteria. The recent years I have especially worked with proteins from phototrophic bacteria living at a high temperature in hot springs. I have also worked on more applied projects in industrial collaborations, to develop rapid molecular methods to detect bacteria in drinking water.
MBV3060- General microbiology
MBV4130- The biology of the prokaryotes
Adjunct, Ris gymnas 1961-1966
Scientific assistant, UiO 1966-1972
Associate Professor, UiO 1977-1988
Professor of microbiology, UiO 1988-2009
General secretary of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters 2001-2009
Cand.mag. natural sciences UiO, 1961
M.Sc. in microbiology from Vassar College, N.Y, 1968. Thesis about sporulation in Bacillus.
Dr. philos. UiO 1977. Thesis ”Carbon metabolism in Chlorobium thiosulfatophilum”.
Sabbatical at Harvard University, 1970/71
Sabbatical at UCSB, Santa Barbara, California 1986/87
Sabbatical at UCSB, Santa Barbara, California 2002
Member of the board of Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Syntethsis (CEES), UiO
Member of the board of the basic science programme VISTA (financed by Statoil in a collaboration with The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
Member of the prize committee for a good learning environment, UiO
Presently I collaborate with groups at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in a project concerning Legionella.