About us


The National Consortium for Sequencing and Personalized Medicine, NorSeq is a consortium with partners at the universities and university hospitals in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Tromsø. The aim of NorSeq is twofold:

  1. To provide cost-efficient high throughput DNA sequencing to researchers
  2. To facilitate the development and implementation of personalized
    medicine in Norway.

In addition to perform the actual sequencing for researchers, an important part of our activities is to advice researchers on what is the best strategy for their particular project and thereby help researchers choose the sequencing protocol that is optimal for them in their research. We also perform some bioinformatics analysis for users and work to expand our offering in this area. If users need more bioinformatics assistance than we can provide they are referred to Elixir.

NorSeq is funded by a generous grant from The Research Council of Norway (RCN) which has made it possible for us to acquire state-of-the-art sequencing equipment. In addition, NorSeq receives funding to support the daily activities from The Regional Health Authorities and the universities and university hospitals in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Tromsø.



NorSeq organization


NorSeq brings together the leading genomics service environments in Norway, and is organized as a hub and spoke model. The following sites are members of the consortium and provide sequencing services to users.

NorSeq-Oslo

NorSeq-Trondheim

NorSeq-Bergen

NorSeq-Tromsø

NorSeq-Cancer (Oslo)


Daily leadergroup of NorSeq
Dag E. Undlien, professor and head of Department of Medical Genetics at Oslo University Hospital. Daily leader of NorSeq


Kjetill S. Jakobsen, professor and core member of CEES, Department of Biosciences at University of Oslo. Leader of NorSeq Oslo


Leonardo Meza-Zepeda, Section leader at Section for Molecular Pathology, Department of Pathology, Oslo University Hospital and leader of NorSeq Cancer
Vidar M. Steen, professor of molecular medicine at University of Bergen and leader of NorSeq Bergen
Arne K. Sandvik, professor of medicine at Norwegian University of Science and Technology and leader of NorSeq Trondheim
Ruth H. Paulssen, professor of molecular biology and gene technology at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway and leader of NorSeq Tromsø
Steering group of NorSeq


Erlend Smeland, Director of Research, Innovation and Education, Oslo University Hospital
Frode Vartdal, Professor and Dean of Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo
Marit Bakke, Professor and Vice Dean for Research at University of Bergen


Jan Kristian Damås, Professor at Department of Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Arnfinn Sundsfjord, Professor and Dean at University of Tromsø


Are Helseth, Medical Director at the LHL Clinics