Disputation: Jonas Meier Strømme

Doctoral candidate Jonas Meier Strømme at the Department of Informatics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, is defending the thesis Computational analyses of transcriptomic alterations in prostate and colorectal cancers” for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor.

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Trial lecture

"Transcriptomics data analysis in cancer research"

Friday December 9, 2022, 11:15 AM, Auditorium (1st floor), Research building, Norwegian Radium Hospital


Main research findings:


  • Cancer is caused by genetic mutations which give cells growth advantages over their neighboring cells. The infinite number of possible mutation combinations makes no two cancers the same, and there is a pressing need to identify groups of patients that have similar genetic changes that can be targeted for therapy or contribute to a more precise diagnosis and prognosis. The present thesis studied gene mutations in colorectal and prostate cancer.

    In colorectal cancer, we identified one patient group whose outcome was dependent on how the KRAS gene was pieced together, in a process called splicing. We found another group when we explored the splicing patterns of all 20,000 genes at once. Patients with more splicing changes generally have poorer prognosis than other patients.

    In prostate cancer, patients are commonly diagnosed with many genetically different tumors within their prostate. The majority of the research on prostate cancer has been based on biopsies from a single tumor per patient, and it is then very important that the most aggressive tumor is sampled. We have identified 16 genes that can be sampled from any tumor in a patient and still be used for prognostication of the patient, no matter if the sampled tumor is the most aggressive one.

Adjudication committee:

  • Professor Sampsa Hautaniemi, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Senior Advisor, Christine Stansberg, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Professor Vera Hermine Goebel, University of Oslo, Department of Informatics, Norway


Professor Rolf Inge Skotheim, Department of Molecular Oncology, Institute for Cancer Research / Biomedical Informatics research group, Department of Informatics

Researcher Bjarne Johannessen, Department of Molecular Oncology, Institute for Cancer Research

Professor Torbjørn Rognes, Department of Informatics, UIO


Chair of defence:

Professor Andreas Austeng

Candidate contact information: 

Contact information at Department: Mozhdeh Sheibani Harat

Published Nov. 25, 2022 9:00 AM