Ingrid Eftedal is a research scientist at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She has an educational background in civil engineering in biophysics and medical technology, and holds a PhD in DNA repair mechanisms, both from Trondheim. Her research experience includes post-doctoral work in Strasbourg, France, trying – and eventually failing – to develop a transgenic mouse model for DNA repair deficiency, and a more successful stint as a molecular biologist at University Hospital Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark where she set up single cell diagnostics for severe genetic disease along with fertility experts and a clinical geneticist.

After returning to Norway, she did several years of leadership during the establishment of a new department for medical genetics at the Medical at St Olav’s University Hospital in Trondheim, and consultancy work as a forensic genetics expert for the Norwegian Board of Forensic Medicine. Finally realizing that research is where the real fun is to be had, Ingrid was attracted to diving medicine by the possibilities to study the complex interactions between human physiology and the underwater environment. She was the inaugural recipient of the DAN/RW “Bill” Hamilton dive medicine grant 2016 for her studies of the immune system in Norwegian offshore saturation divers.

(This picture is taken at the NTNU animal research facility’s large animal pressure chamber.)


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