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From left: Pawel Kallas and Krister Grønlien. Photo credit Pawel Kallas Margit Selsjord OD/UIO

Pawel Kallas and Krister Gjestvang Grønlien are PhD candidates from the University of Oslo who have recently come to NIOM to work on collaborative projects.

Kallas is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biomaterials, Faculty of Dentistry and Grønlien is a PhD candidate in the School of Pharmacy.

Kallas’ project focuses on how nanostructured surfaces can reduce bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation and how the nanostructuring may aid the host immune system in clearing bacteria from surfaces. The project is collaboration between NIOM, University of Oslo, and Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg.

At NIOM, Grønlien is working on a project that seeks to utilize by-products and unused raw materials from the poultry-processing industry in pharmaceutical preparations. The project is collaboration between NIOM, University of Oslo, and Nofima AS (with support from Norilia AS).

At NIOM Kallas and Grønlien are supervised by senior scientists Ellen Bruzell and Håkon Valen.