Endless forms most beautiful: why evolution favours symmetry
From sunflowers to starfish, symmetry appears everywhere in biology. This isn’t just true for body plans – the beautiful molecular machines keeping our cells alive are also strikingly symmetric. But why? Does evolution have a built-in preference for symmetry?
We think so, and I'd like to tell you why, bringing together computer science, physics and biology to describe a new theory across life!
Perfect marriage criteria? Our algorithms will help you :D
We explain our research by formulating a life problem. What characteristics in a partner guarantees a happy life? One can date as many people as possible to get to know what one's psyche wants. However, time and resources are limited. We cannot date all the people on the planet. How can we get a good insight about what we want given limited resources? Multilevel Data Assimilation helps us with it.
Secrets to regeneration and immortality from cnidarians
Jellyfish, sea anemones and corals are fascinating animals that have captivated scientists for more than a century, as they can do whole-body regeneration when injured and many species are considered biologically immortal. A population of special stem cells seems to be the secret to these abilities, however these cells and their presence within cnidarians are just beginning to be understood.
That's just logic! An Introduction to Logic
When I get asked what my PhD-research is about, I almost always need to explain what my research *field* is: logic. What is logic? In this talk I will aim to answer that simple question, and show how the field of logic is perhaps the most fascinating and important field of science you have never heard of! I offer a brief history of logic, show modern applications and present current resereach.
Down the rabbit hole: the surprising science of otoliths
Fish earstones are one of the world's most widely collected biological structures and, due to their abilities as natural recorders, a fundamental component of modern marine science. Yet, they remain largely unknown to the general public. From fish aging and population discrimination to archeology, nuclear testing and past climate change, let's dive after the Ocean's very own white rabbit.
Understanding Brain and Diseases using Zebrafish
Parkinson's Disease is one of the most common neurodegenerative diseases in humans. It is characterized by the slowness of movement and tremors. It was always challenging to study human diseases such as PD in Humans. In this talk, I explain how we can use Zebrafish to model Human diseases and how they can help in understanding the disease better using locomotory behavior.
The fruit bowl of life
The Greeks, or rather, one in particular, thought that everything was made of tiny, indivisible, building blocks called atomos. Different shape and size of atoms determined why things are bitter or white etc. He was surprisingly proven (almost) correct 2000 years later. Rather than needles and smooth atoms though, a lot is fruit-shaped. But how do we know that Democritus was not entirely correct?
How Norwegian media use audience analytics and metrics
This presentation aims to raise awareness about the connection between the news/media content use and the news/media content production and make media audience better understand how their media consumption translates into different analytics and metrics, by
outlining how media organisations in Norway develop and use audience metrics and analytics.
A Nanovaccine Approach for the Treatment of PancreaticCancer
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most aggressive forms of cancer, killing about 95% of patients within 5 years of diagnosis. Traditional therapies, despite extensive efforts, have not been shown to significantly improve survival rates. Our project aims to develop an immunotheraphy-based treatment using multi-component drug carriers to treat pancreatic cancer.
Unravel the role of ESCRT in chromosome fragmentation
Membranes are important to protect DNA. Among key actors hosted by membranes, the protein ESCRT intervenes in cell surviving processes by closing holes in membranes. Our work investigates a new role of nuclear ESCRT that might be involved in chromosomal stability. Then, we propose to elucidate the DNA damage response and the role of ESCRT in this pathway, especially in the DNA repair pathway.
Fault detection in PV modules based on images
When running a PV power plant it is important to have knowledge about faults in modules. It is not easy to find them in a big power plant and one needs to use different techniques. Imaging is one such technique. We are working with one particular type of imaging called photoluminescence imaging and are trying to develop it so that power plants potentially can use it for fault detection.
Exchange and expansion, a fish story
For a very long time, increasing fishing activities have had a negative influence on Atlantic cod stocks resulting in the decline of several populations across the North Atlantic Ocean. DNA from archaeological material has the potential to provide information that may untangle the growth of medieval trading fishing routes.