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My research interests address the basic and applied aspects of fish health with a strong focus on the physiology and immunology of mucosal barriers. The mucosal surfaces (i.e., gills, skin, gut, olfactory organ, and tongue) are considered the first line of defence and the living sensors of fish; hence, they are excellent models to unravel how fish respond and adapt to their environment. My approach is to study the intricacies of the physical and biological barriers (i.e., cells, molecules) at the mucosa, as well as how these barriers are regulated by the environment (e.g., light, handling, nutrition, treatment, infection, water quality), which is highly relevant in fish farming. Eventually, I aim to use these responses to develop more optimised and ecologically sound husbandry protocols.
Current fish models include Atlantic salmon and Atlantic cod. I have also worked with other commercially relevant fish species, such as lumpfish, rainbow trout, sturgeon, permit and Nile tilapia. I am also interested in using zebrafish as a convenient model species. My research upholds the principles of 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement) because I believe an ethical science is a prerequisite to sound science. I am committed to the advancement of gender equality in research, ensuring that a diverse, inclusive and empowering work atmosphere is fostered all the time. I am an ardent supporter of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM.

I obtained my PhD in Aquatic Biosciences from the University of Nordland. I did my postdoctoral training at the Technical University of Denmark and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel (as a Jacob Blaustein Fellow).

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