This week’s employee – Elise Orvedal Leiten

What are you working on?

I am a PhD student and former MSRP (forskerlinje) student in the Respiratory research group. I work on the MicroCOPD study, a study which aims to map the lung microbiome in persons with COPD, asthma and without lung disease. With more than 300 bronchoscopies, MicroCOPD is the largest study in this field. In my PhD project, I investigate if the lung microbiota of stable COPD is associated with the frequency of COPD exacerbations. I have also studied the complications and discomforts of the conducted bronchoscopies.

Why K2? What do you enjoy to work with at K2?

I have been a part of the research group since early in medical school, and I appreciate having been involved from the beginning of the study and getting to know my great colleagues. In addition to research, I have had the opportunity to teach a little bit, which I really enjoy.

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