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Ole Petter Ottersen

Ole Petter Ottersen, Association Member, Vice Chancellor at KI

Ole Petter Ottersen took office as President of the Karolinska Institute on August 1, 2017 after having served eight years (2009-2017) as rector (President) of the University of Oslo (UiO). From 2002 to 2009 he was Director of the Centre for Molecular Biology and Neuroscience – one of Norway’s Centres of Excellence. Ottersen served as Dean of Research at UiO’s Faculty of Medicine (2000-2002) and as Head of the UiO’s Department of Anatomy (1997-1999).

In his period as rector, he led the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions (2013- 2015) and Det nordiska universitetssamarbetet (NUS) (2013-2015). Ottersen headed one of UiO’s interdisciplinary initiatives (EMBIO; now UiO:Life Science) and one of the major national programs of the Norwegian Research Council (FUGE: Functional Genomics in Norway). He has coordinated two projects under the EU Framework Program and one of the first three Nordic Centres of Excellence in Molecular Medicine, funded by NordForsk. Ottersen has taught medical students since 1976.

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