Thomas Michel Kuntziger


1996-2001         Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology

  • Dr Michel Bornens’ group, Institut Curie / CNRS, Paris, France.
  • Thesis: “On some aspects of microtubule dynamics and centrosome duplication in Xenopus oocytes” obtained summa cum laude (Très honorable avec félicitations).

1992-1996        École Normale Supérieure (ENS) de Cachan, Cachan, France.

1989-1992        Lycée Lakanal, Sceaux, France.

1989                 Baccalauréat, Lycée Henri IV, Paris, France.


Work experience

2017-present      Professor

  • Department of Oral Biology, University of Oslo, Norway.
  • Research area: epigenetic mechanisms in cancer progression.
  • 25 referenced publications (h index = 17, Google Scholar).

2015-2017          Associate Professor (Førsteamanuensis)

  • Department of Oral Biology, University of Oslo, Norway.

2001-2015          Postdoc and Senior Scientist

  • Professor P. Collas’ group, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences (IMB) and Norwegian Center for Stem Cell Research, University of Oslo, Norway.
  • Research area: nuclear anchoring proteins.
  • In charge of the microscopy resources (three live cell imaging stations).


Fellowships and awards

2019                      Anders Jahre Foundation (UNIFOR): Epigenetic mechanisms in cancer development: a role for Porphyromonas gingivalis, 5 k€.

2018                      Foundation for the promotion of dental sciences (UNIFOR): Epigenetic mechanisms in cancer development: a role for Porphyromonas gingivalis, 2 k€.

2018                      Anders Jahre Foundation (UNIFOR): MLL histone methyltransferase complexes anchored by AKAP95 in cancer progression, 4,5 k€.

2018                      Nansen Foundation (UNIFOR): MLL histone methyltransferase complexes anchored by AKAP95 in cancer progression, 5 k€.

2016                      Faculty of Dentistry (UiO): Mitotic roles of AKAP95 in chromosomal instability, 11 k€.

2015                      Norwegian Cancer Society (Kreftforeningen): AKAP95 in chromosomal instability and cancer gene bookmarking (6858142), 20 k€.

2014                      Drafted and managed “NuArch: Nuclear Architecture in the regulation of autophagy, DNA repair and gene expression » European Economic Association (EEA) grant project in the frame of the Czech-Norwegian Research Programme (3 years): 1000 k€

2002                      Marie Curie Individual Fellowship MCFI-2001-01266, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium.

2001                      Scientific funding for post-doctoral stay abroad, Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale, Paris, France.

1992                      Selective stipend from the French National Education Ministry to study at ENS de Cachan (4 years).


Teaching and supervision experience:

  • Supervisor of:
    • three Ph.D. students (two completed: M. Rogne, 2 first and 1 second authorships; G. Lopez-Soop: 1 first authorship);
    • one postdoc (H.B. Landsverk, 1 first and 1 second authorship);
    • two lab engineers/Master students (A. Rogala: 1 third authorship).
  • Co-supervisor of:
    • two Ph.D. student (two completed: H.B. Landsverk, 2 first and 1 second authorships);
    • one postdoc (E. Delbarre, 3 first and 1 second authorships).
  • General Metabolism lectures, Problem-based learning (PBL) and teacher-led small group courses (LSB) to first-year medical faculty students.
  • “Stem cell and tissue engineering” lecture in the BIO301 Advanced Cell Biology course at Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway.
  • Courses in “Gene Regulation and Epigenetics” and “Genome Browsing” to first-year medical faculty students (2014-2015).
  • Representative member of the first-year medical faculty examination commission.
  • Courses in “Techniques in Microscopy” to Master in Biomedicine students at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Oslo, Norway.
  • Theoretical and practical courses in Cell Biology to bachelor and master students at the Paris VI University, France (1996-2001).

Referee experience:

  • PhD evaluation committees: Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and University of Oslo.
  • Scientific expert for the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), for the Wallonie National Scientific Research Fund (FNRS) and for the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO); panel member for the FNR (2012-2015).
  • Referee for Biochemical Journal, Biochemical Society Transactions, Bioinformatics, Cell Biology and Toxicology, Experimental Cell Research, FEBS Journal, European Journal of Cell Biology, PLOS Genetics, CNS & Neurological Disorders - Drug Targets.


  • Life Science Lunch seminar organized by the Science Library and UiO:Life Science (16/11/2016)

Courses and training

2017           Basic Pedagogical Requirements (Pedagogisk Basiskompetanse); Academic Development Unit (FUP), Oslo University, Norway.

2012           Next-generation sequencing hands-on course; Microarray and Sequencing Core Facility, Oslo University Hospital, Norway.

 2005          Digital Imaging in Biology, Université Paris VI, France.

2003           EMBO Course: “Deciphering Chromosomes by Chromatin Immunoprecipitation, Institute of Genetics and Biophysics, Naples. Italy.

 1993          Internship in the laboratory of Dr D. Louvard, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France.


Organisational / managerial skills

Member of IMB organizing committee for the celebration of UiO’s bicentennial (2011).

Member of IMB seminar arranging committee (2007-2015).

Member of the board for the Skovveien 6A co-ownership.

Tags: Chromatin, cancer, phosphatases, signaling, P. gingivalis
Published Oct. 1, 2015 10:38 AM - Last modified Jan. 20, 2020 1:24 PM


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