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Gro Elin Kjæreng Bjerga

Gro Elin Kjæreng Bjerga

Research Director

+47 56 10 74 04
+47 907 81 736
Nygårdsgaten 112, 5008 Bergen, Norway

Research fields are marine biotechnology, bioprospecting, enzyme discovery, enzyme development, protein production, molecular biology. We offer competence within biotechnological solutions for the bio-based marine industry. Our focus is to develop enzymes designed for the industry. We are working on enzyme discovery, but also on optimization of existing enzymes. The methods we are using are bioprospecting, functional screening of enzyme activity, state-of-the-art recombinant cloning, heterologous expression of proteins in prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems, enzyme production, enzyme activity, development of enzyme assays, protein purification, immunoblotting, lab and project management.

Gro Elin Kjæreng Bjerga


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Marin bioteknologi

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A ShK-like Domain from Steinernema carpocapsae with Bioinsecticidal Potential – Toxins 2022
Small, charged proteins in salmon louse (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) secretions modulate Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) immune responses and coagulation – Scientific Reports 2022
The bone-degrading enzyme machinery: From multi-component understanding to the treatment of residues from the meat industry – Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal 2021
Two-step functional screen on multiple proteinaceous substrates reveals temperature-robust proteases with a broad-substrate range – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 2021
Community-Wide Experimental Evaluation of the PROSS Stability-Design Method – Journal of Molecular Biology (JMB) 2021
Deciphering a Marine Bone-Degrading Microbiome Reveals a Complex Community Effort – mSystems 2021
Fragment exchange (FX) plasmid tools for CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene integration and protease production in Bacillus subtilis – Applied and Environmental Microbiology 2020
Use of flavin containing monooxygenases for conversion of trimethylamine in salmon protein hydrolysates – Applied and Environmental Microbiology 2020
Bioprospecting Reveals Class III ω-Transaminases Converting Bulky Ketones and Environmentally Relevant Polyamines – Applied and Environmental Microbiology 2019
Decoding the Ocean’s Microbiological Secrets for Marine Enzyme Biodiscovery – FEMS Microbiology Letters 2018
Development of Versatile Vectors for Heterologous Expression in Bacillus – Microorganisms 2018
Mutational analysis of the pro-peptide of a marine intracellular subtilisin protease supports its role in inhibition – Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics 2018
Biochemical characterization of ParI, an orphan C5-DNA methyltransferase from Psychrobacter arcticus 273-4 – Protein Expression and Purification 2018
Determinants and Prediction of Esterase Substrate Promiscuity Patterns – Journal of the American Chemical Society 2017
Mikroalger – et nytt råstoff for en bærekraftig oppdrettsnæring – Nf xpert : en spesialutgave av Norsk fiskeoppdrett 2017
Fiskeben til middag? – Dagens næringsliv 2016
A rapid solubility-optimized screening procedure for recombinant subtilisins in E. coli – Journal of Biotechnology 2016
Role of residues W228 and Y233 in the structure and activity of metallo-β-lactamase GIM-1 – Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 2016
Engineering low-temperature expression systems for heterologous production of cold-adapted enzymes – Bioengineered 2016
Cold shock induction of recombinant Arctic environmental genes – BMC Biotechnology 2015
Structural and biochemical characterization of VIM-26 shows that Leu224 has implications for the substrate specificity of VIM metallo-β-lactamases – The FEBS Journal 2015
The PHD finger of p300 influences its ability to acetylate histone and non-histone targets – Journal of Molecular Biology (JMB) 2014
His224 alters the R2 drug binding site and Phe218 influences the catalytic efficiency of the metallo-β-lactamase VIM-7 – Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 2014
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