Hesso Farhan

Professor - Cell signalling
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Phone +47 22851217
Room 1238
Visiting address Sognsvannsveien 9 Domus Medica 0372 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1112 Blindern 0372 OSLO

Academic interests

  • Proteostasis and its role in cancer and neurodegeneration
  • Intracellular membrane trafficking
  • Regulation of signal transduction pathways in time and space
  • Rho GTPases on endomembranes
  • Migration and invasion of cancer cells

Courses taught

  • Lectures on hormones, cellular signalling and chemistry in Modul 1 (MED1100)
  • Lectures on the endocrine system, liver detoxification and muscle metabolism in Modul 2 (MED2200)
  • Small group teaching (LSB) in Modul 2 (MED2200) 


  • Since 2019: Professor at the University of Oslo
  • 2016-2018: Associate Professor at the University of Oslo
  • 2014: Habilitation in Cell Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Konstanz, Germany 
  • 2011-2016: Junior group leader at the Biotechnology Institute Thurgau, Switzerland and University of Konstanz, Germany
  • 2007-2011: Postdoc at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • 2004: Doctor of Medical Sciences, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
  • 2002: finished medical school at the University of Vienna, Austria

Awards and Grants

  • 2019: H2020-MSCA-ITN grant SAND (coordinator)
  • 2019: H2020-MSCA-ITN grant SECRET (co-coordinator)
  • 2019: Grant from the Norwegian Research Council
  • 2019: Grant from the Norwegian Cancer Society
  • 2016: Grant from the Norwegian Research Council
  • 2016: Grant from the Norwegian Cancer Society
  • 2011-2016: 3 Grants from the German Science Foundation (DFG), 3 Grants from the Swiss Science Foundation (SNF)
  • 2007: EMBO long term fellowship
  • 2004: ZAK Pharma award


  • Christian Behrends, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany
  • Christoph Driessen, Kantonsspital St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Santiago Schnell, University of Michigan, USA
  • Ruth Palmer, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Susan Ferro-Novick, University of California at San Diego, USA
  • Eelco vanAnken, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy
  • Roded Sharan, University of Tel-aviv, Israel
  • Eduardo Alvarez-Miranda, University of Talca, Chile
  • Walter Kolch, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Boris Kholodenko, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Franck Perez, Institut Curie, Pais, France
  • Matthias Weiss, University of Bayreuth, Germany 


Tags: Cell signalling, Cancer biology, Membrane trafficking, Metastasis, Cell biology, Proteostasis
Published Aug. 23, 2016 2:59 PM - Last modified Feb. 19, 2020 7:33 PM