Algae and microbial biotechnology division

mikroalger i pulver og i løsning på EM-kolbe
The division focuses on basic organisms in aquatic ecosystems, where both microalgae, bacteria and fungi play an important role.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​About the division

​Research on microalgae was initiated at Nord University in 2009, to examine the potential of defatted biomass—derived as a co-product of biofuel production—as a feed ingredient for fish and shellfish. Ever since, through national and international funding, we have been examining defatted and whole microalgae as potential components in the fish feeds of different species.

Another line of research spans from identifying cold-adapted microalgae to in-depth molecular studies for optimizing their growing conditions and enriching their high-value metabolites such as fatty acids, pigments and polysaccharides. We are engaged in developing bioprocesses under different environmental conditions. This knowledge is important given that microalgae should have a future role in Norwgian bio-economy.  

- Projects: Defatted microalgae from biorefinery as aquafeeds (2009-2011), Large-Scale Production of Fuels & Feed from Marine Microalgae (2012-2015), Marine Algae Industrialisation Consortium (2017-2020), Bioteknologi - en framtidsrettet næring (2014-2018), Alger4laks (2016-2020), Algae to Future (2017-2021), Metabolism of novel strain of Arctic algae (2017-2020)


 Head of division


Scientific staff


Kiron Viswanath​
Christopher Hulatt

Researchers and postdoctors

Alexander Jüterbock
Juline Walter

Technical staff


Hirono Suzuki