Professor, Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo
Senior Researcher, Institute for Cancer Genetics and Informatics,
Oslo University Hospital
I was trained as a molecular and cell biologist at Maharishi International University where I completed my PhD on aryl hydrocarbon signaling in 1990. I then joined the laboratory of Prof. Michael Karin at the University of California in San Diego as a postdoctoral fellow and then as a researcher where I studied structure-function of nuclear receptors. In 1996 I moved to Oslo to establish my laboratory at the Biotechnology Centre of Oslo, University of Oslo, where my focus has largely been on androgen signaling as it relates to prostate cancer. In 2002 I moved to the Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo. Our research focuses on molecular and cell biology of hormone action and stress signaling as they relate to carcinogenesis. In addition to science, I am deeply interested in yogic practices and philosophy, including serving as an instructor and conducting scientific research on these. I also enjoy a variety of sports, in particular basketball, volleyball, swimming, table tennis and cycling (my daily transportation when there is no snow and ice on the roads). In addition, I enjoy listening to various types of music and spending quality time with friends and family.