Meet the team

The Sykdomspulsen team is a group of talented people, working on interesting topics combining real-time public health surveillance with data science tools.


Beatriz Valcarcel Salamanca completed her PhD in Statistical Genetics in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Imperial College London. Prior to her PhD, she completed an MSc in Bioinformatics with Systems Biology by Birkbeck College, University of London. In October 2014, she began working as a researcher at FHI in projects related to vaccine-preventable diseases. She is currently working on the surveillance of infectious respiratory diseases.

Calvin Chiang is a experienced engineer with 10 years of industry experience. Calvin is working on the IT infrastructure.

Celine Victoria Berg-Hansen completed her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science: Language Technology at the University of Oslo in 2021. She now works full-time in the Sykdomspulsen team as a developer.

Chi Zhang has submitted her PhD thesis on hospital Electronic Health Records representation and utilization at the University of Oslo. She has a MSc in Statistics from Imperial College London. Since Chi joined FHI in 2020, she has been working on the R-packages splverse that are key to the Sykdomspulsen infrastructure. Chi is responsible for NorMOMO (excess mortality surveillance in Norway). You can find Chi on Twitter

Clémence Koren completed her MSc in Biology at UiT The Arctic University of Norway in 2018. She started working at FHI in 2020 on the One Health surveillance of Campylobacter-related gastrointestinal infections. She has been working part-time in Sykdomspulsen on visual design and front-end development.

Gry Marysol Grøneng is the project leader of Sykdomspulsen. She is a veterinarian with a PhD in Epidemiology. She has worked with surveillance of infectious diseases since 2015.

Jonas Christoffer Lindstrøm is a statistician working part-time at Sykdomspulsen. He collaborates with the modelling team at FHI, and works on the spldata package.

Miriam Vatshelle completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing at VID Specialized University in Bergen. She has several years of experience working in the municipal health care services and worked in the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic, until she started working at FHI in January 2022. She now works full-time at Sykdomspulsen team as an advisor.

Richard Aubrey White completed his PhD in Biostatistics at Harvard University. He has previously worked on outbreaks/surveillance projects in Sierra Leone (Ebola), Mozambique (cholera), and Palestine (maternal health). He now works primarily on the infrastructure Sykdomspulsen Core and the R-package plnr.


Aurora Christine Hofman completed her MSc in Statistics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). From 2020 to 2022 she worked on a collaboration project with the Norwegian Cause of Death Registry (Dødsårsaksregisteret) to create surveillance models for cause-specific mortality and was a part of the team who created the R-package attrib.

David Swanson completed his PhD in Biostatistics at Harvard University. He is a statistician with research interests and experience in mixed models, smoothing, survival analysis, genomics, and epidemiology. During 2021 he worked on the Sykdomspulsen research team with a focus on campylobacter modelling and surveillance/prediction of gastroenteritis. He also had a joint position in the Department of Biostatistics, University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital.

Gunnar Øyvind Isaksson Rø is a physicist/epidemiologist with research interests in infectious disease modelling. From 2019 to 2020 he worked on the Sykdomspulsen primary team with a focus on influenza surveillance. His significant contributions to Sykdomspulsen Core were 1) proposing to use databases as a seamless backend, and 2) creating the first “task_to_config” function (and concept).


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