What is the question you will be working on for your PhD?
I will work with C. elegans and study the transgenerational reprotoxic effects of chronic ionizing irradiation. To achieve this, I will be using microscopy and high throughput sequencing techniques to phenotypically visualize and genetically analyze reprotoxic effects resulting from chronic ionizing radiation within the first exposed generation and across multiple generations.
What is your background? And why did you choose NMBU for your PhD?
I received my MSc in molecular biology in 2016 at University of Oslo where I studied aging and stress responses using C. elegans (Caenorhabditis elegans). I also have a MSc in evolutionary biology, during which I studied the evolution of microRNAs by identifying and functional analyzing microRNAs in a group of unicellular organisms. I’ve always been interested in the interactions between environments and organisms, and how do organisms survive all those challenges imposed by the nature and man-made threats. Therefore, I am very happy to join CERAD’s research on reprotoxic effects.
How do you find it to live in Norway?
I came to Norway in 2014 and I love Norway for the beautiful mountains and great nature, caring and respect among people.