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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is Norway’s largest University with more than 40,000 students. NTNU awards 400 PhD degrees yearly within the fields of technology, science, arts and humanities, social sciences and medicine. NTNU encompasses 9 faculties and 55 departments. The annual budget of NTNU is around €820 million. NTNU is a major participant in Horizon 2020, with more than 170 signed projects so far. NTNU also took part in more than 130 FP7 projects. Participation in H2020 is a major priority for NTNU; therefore, the university has developed, over many years, a professional administrative project support team consisting of financial, legal and administrative advisors, to ensure the smooth implementation of H2020 projects.

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (MH) was established 40 years ago and is a centre for both outstanding research and education. It is responsible for one of the world’s largest health studies (HUNT) and home to Nobel Prize winning scientists May-Britt and Edvard Moser. MH consists of eight departments conducting research on a broad range of disciplines in the biomedical sciences (neuroscience, immunology, public health, medical imaging, cancer, to name a few). The faculty also hosts five outstanding research centres that were established through highly competitive national grants. Researchers at MH faculty benefit from state-of-the-art infrastructure comprising 15 specialist labs or core facilities run by dedicated and highly trained staff. Together with St. Olav’s Hospital, MH is responsible for the largest medical school in Norway. This close collaboration also ensures strong ties between basic research and patient-related research.

The Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine has a broad range of research activities within medical field that includes population-based studies of human diseases, immunology and mechanisms of infection and basic, clinical and palliative cancer research. Researchers and students at the department benefit from 6 research units and 4 core facilities. The basic research groups have a close cooperation with the St Olav’s hospital. This cooperation is a major priority for the department and greatly facilitate translational research.

Øyvind Halaas

Coordinator of INCITE, is Professor in Medicine (nanomedicine) at the Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine and the leader of the Biomedical Microsystems research group. He has wide expertise across microfabrication and tissue engineering, as well as in molecular-, cell-, and animal immunology. His research group is mainly focused on engineering partial functions of the immune system in order to better approach of basic immunology and a variety of immunotherapeutic applications.
Prof. Dr. Øyvind Halaas
Prof. Dr. Øyvind Halaas
NTNU
Andrea Nilsen
Andrea Nilsen
NTNU

Andrea Nilsen

Andrea Nilsen, INCITE Project Manager, has administered several EU-funded as well as Research Council of Norway funded projects. In addition to administration she advises NTNU researchers on EIT Health network opportunities and cooperation with Norway Health Tech cluster.

Naresh Kumar Veldurthi

Currently, I am a Post-doctoral researcher at the IV-MTP at the NTNU in Trondheim. Norway. I obtained Master’s degrees in Nanotechnology (RGPV India) and Physics (SKDU, India) as well as a PhD in Applied Physics (DIAT, India).

In the INCITE project, my research aims to design, model and optimize a promising structure that would facilitate homogenous proliferation and dynamics of biological entities. Here I contribute with the expertise in CFD studies and analysis to design and model promising structures.

I am excited to be part of the INCITE research group that gives me the opportunity to embark on modelling immune cell dynamics and cell-cell interactions.

My doctoral studies involved the understanding of the microscale flows by exploring the computational fluid science; and design of microfluidic devices for bio-medical applications. In my master’s project, I have worked hands-on on Optical tweezers for sorting of biological cells (RBCs). Industry experience imbibed me with qualities of engineering the science by advanced computational methods and experimental techniques.

In my free time, like to explore many of the Norwegian sports and its culture.

Dr. Naresh Kumar Veldurthi
Dr. Naresh Kumar Veldurthi
NTNU
Janet Huisman
Janet Huisman
NTNU

Janet Huisman

Janet is a PhD candidate in Medical Technology at NTNU. She graduated cum laude for her masters in Biomedical Engineering and Nanotechnology at the University of Twente (The Netherlands) and has worked extensively with organ-on-chip systems during her internship at the Wyss Institute (Harvard, USA) and master thesis at the Applied Stem Cell Technologies group (University of Twente). Within the INCITE project, she focusses on combining the technology and biology developed in the project to establish a functional mouse artificial immune niche and use it to generate the most potent anti-tumor T cells.

Ansooya Avinash Bokil

As a member of the INCITE project, my research involves work on immune niche to generate a population of T cells with stem like properties that have a robust antitumor as well as self-renewal potential. We expect that this T cell population will help circumvent problems commonly encountered in the current immunotherapeutic strategies. This INCITE project is a fantastic opportunity to build on my knowledge and skills in the field of cancer immunology and investigate the involvement of adaptive branch of immune system deeper.

At present, while working on the INCITE project, I am also putting together my PhD thesis. My PhD work involved work on the tumor immune landscape of metastatic tumors, with a focus on myeloid cells. I explored novel biomarkers associated with metastatic tumors, investigated the role of cancer secreted cytokines on myeloid cells in tumor microenvironment and also modulating the tumor microenvironment to skew tumor promoting neutrophils to a more antitumor phenotype. My past research experience also includes work on cancer cell metabolism and a special interest on cancer stem cell metabolism.

In my free time, I enjoy painting and sketching, making desserts, swimming, and travelling.

Ansooya Avinash Bokil
Ansooya Avinash Bokil
NTNU