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Inflammatory cell death.


Regulated cell death types such as apoptosis, necroptosis and pyroptosis are central in a wide range of physiological and pathological states throughout the organism.  Understanding how cells initiate or suppress cell death in response to challenges such as drugs or bacterial infections is important to understand both immune responses, cellular homeostasis and drug cytotoxicity.

My research focus is on how intracellular protection mechanisms and cell death pathways tackle stressors such as chemotherapeutic drugs, danger-associated and pathogen-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs and PAMPs). I focus on the role of the RIPK1- and RIPK3-regulated death pathways in inflammation.

Interestingly, cell death pathways are often interconnected with pathways for proliferation and cytokine production. They take important roles in both drug resistance and inflammation. De-regulation of these pathways can lead to malignant states such as cancer and cronic inflammation.

Does this sound interesting? I am looking for enthusiastic and skilled students (bachelor, master, PhD) and postdocs. Contact me pr. email for more information

Philosophy of science.

While doing my PhD in molecular medicine I also had the chance to pursuit a long-standing interest in philosophy of science. This resulted in a master of philosophy at the University of Bergen in 2011, where I used french epistemologists and sociologists such as Bruno Latour and Georges Canguilhem as well as cross-over thinker such as Michel Polanyi to discuss how the laboratory creates knowledge. I have used this as a basis for discussing the status of scientific knowledge in the broader public.

Work experience

2016-present: Researcher, Centre for Molecular Inflammation Research (CEMIR), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim Norway. Young researcher qualifying grant from The Norwegian Cancer Society.

2014-2015: Visiting post doctoral researcher, UMass Medical School, Dept. Infectious diseases, Worcester MA, US.

2013-2015: Post doctoral researcher, CEMIR, NTNU.

2012 Aug-Dec: Research fellow, K.G. Jebsen Centre for Myeloma Research, NTNU

2012 Feb-Jul: Visiting scientist, NTNU.

2011 Feb - Jul: Visiting scientist, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal.

2008 - 2012: PhD Fellowship, Dep. of Surgical Sciences/Dep. of Molecular Biology, UiB

2007 - 2008: Scientific assistant, Dep. Surgical Sciences/Dep. Molecular Biology, UiB.


2008 - 2011: Master of Philosophy, University of Bergen (UiB).

2008 - 2010: PhD, Dep. Surgical Sciences/Dep. Molecular Biology, UiB.

2003 - 2008: Undergraduate studies, Dep. Philosophy, UiB.

2005 - 2007:  Master of Science, Molecular Biology, UiB.

2002 - 2005: Bachelor of Science, Molecular Biology, UiB.

Vitenskapelig, faglig og kunstnerisk arbeid

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  • Starheim, Kristian Kobbenes; De Cuzzani, Paola Maria; Strand, Roger. (2011) Knowledge production in experimental molecular medicine - Primers for a reflexive life knowledge. 2011.
  • Starheim, Kristian Kobbenes. (2010) The human protein N-α-acetyltransferase complexes hNatA, hNatB, and hNatC. Universitetet i Bergen. 2010. ISBN 978-82-308-0991-4.
  • Starheim, Kristian Kobbenes; Lillehaug, Johan; Arnesen, Thomas. (2007) A study of novel N-alpha-acetyltransferase complexes NatB & NatC. Universitetet i Bergen. 2007.