MD, PhD, Specialist in Internal Medicine
UiO and OUH employee
Awards, committees and memberships
Recipient, as principal investigator, of several national and international awards and scientific recognitions including NIH R01 grants, a Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Scientific Development grant, Helse Sør Øst grants, Nasjonaforeiningen for Folkehelsen grants, the American Society of Hypertension Young Scholar Award, and several others from both public institutions and private foundations.
My general research interests include cardiac endocrinology and physiology in human and experimental models of cardiovascular and renal diseases, such as congestive heart failure, hypertension, atherosclerosis, and renal failure. I have a particular interest in the natriuretic peptides and their regulatory actions on cardiovascular and renal homeostasis in hypertension, heart failure and renal dysfunction. This interest has led to the development of natriuretic peptide based chronic therapy (oral, subcutaneous, and gene delivery). I have been the principal investigator (PI) of an NIH funded grant on innovative gene delivery strategies for the treatment of organ damage secondary to hypertension, e.g. hypertensive heart disease and renal fibrosis and dysfunction. I led studies focusing on the effects of natriuretic peptides treatment in preclinical models of diastolic dysfunction and humans with hypertension resistant to standard treatment. My interest is also on cardiorenal epidemiology and biomarkers development and discovery of novel drugs for the treatment of cardiovascular and renal diseases. My research resulted in the publications of more that hundred manuscripts and in five patents.