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Geir Christensen

Group Leader & Professor

Christensen group

Email: geir.christensen@medisin.uio.no
Phone: +47 906 71 853

Education
– MD 1982
– PhD 1993
– Master of Health Administration 2004

Positions (selected)
– Professor of Medicine 2003-
– Founder and Head, Norwegian PhD School of Heart Research ( NORHEART) 2013-
– Head, Centre for Heart Failure Research 2003-2018
– Visiting Scientist, University of California, San Diego 1996-1997
– Postdoctoral Researcher 1993-1996
– PhD Student 1986-1992
– Resident, Internal Medicine 1982-1986

Awards, committees and memberships
– Award for Outstanding Research, Norwegian Health Association presented by King Harald V 2011
– Head of Organizing Committee, Annual Symposium on Heart Research 2003-2020
– Elected Member, The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters 2018-

Research area

  • Cell signaling
  • Diastolic dysfunction
  • Fibrosis
  • Heart failure

Latest publications

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Rypdal KB, Olav Melleby A, Robinson EL, Li J, Palmero S, Seifert DE, Martin D, Clark C, López B, Andreassen K, Dahl CP, Sjaastad I, Tønnessen T, Stokke MK, Louch WE, González A, Heymans S, Christensen G, Apte SS, Lunde IG (2022)
ADAMTSL3 knock-out mice develop cardiac dysfunction and dilatation with increased TGFβ signalling after pressure overload
Commun Biol, 5 (1), 1392
PubMed 36539599 DOI 10.1038/s42003-022-04361-1
Rixon C, Andreassen K, Shen X, Erusappan PM, Almaas VM, Palmero S, Dahl CP, Ueland T, Sjaastad I, Louch WE, Stokke MK, Tønnessen T, Christensen G, Lunde IG (2022)
Lumican accumulates with fibrillar collagen in fibrosis in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
ESC Heart Fail
PubMed 36444917 DOI 10.1002/ehf2.14234
Lunde IG, Aronsen JM, Melleby AO, Strand ME, Skogestad J, Bendiksen BA, Ahmed MS, Sjaastad I, Attramadal H, Carlson CR, Christensen G (2022)
Cardiomyocyte-specific overexpression of syndecan-4 in mice results in activation of calcineurin-NFAT signalling and exacerbated cardiac hypertrophy
Mol Biol Rep, 49 (12), 11795-11809
PubMed 36205855 DOI 10.1007/s11033-022-07985-y
Støle TP, Lunde M, Shen X, Martinsen M, Lunde PK, Li J, Lockwood F, Sjaastad I, Louch WE, Aronsen JM, Christensen G, Carlson CR (2022)
The female syndecan-4-/- heart has smaller cardiomyocytes, augmented insulin/pSer473-Akt/pSer9-GSK-3β signaling, and lowered SCOP, pThr308-Akt/Akt and GLUT4 levels
Front Cell Dev Biol, 10, 908126
PubMed 36092718 DOI 10.3389/fcell.2022.908126
Romaine A, Melleby AO, Alam J, Lobert VH, Lu N, Lockwood FE, Hasic A, Lunde IG, Sjaastad I, Stenmark H, Herum KM, Gullberg D, Christensen G (2022)
Integrin α11β1 and syndecan-4 dual receptor ablation attenuate cardiac hypertrophy in the pressure overloaded heart
Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol, 322 (6), H1057-H1071
PubMed 35522553 DOI 10.1152/ajpheart.00635.2021
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