Dr. Skarphéðinn Halldórsson, PhD

Post doctoral researcher at the Center for systems biology. Studies focus on metabolic alterations associated with epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition in breast cancer cells.

Center for Systems Biology,
University of Iceland,
Sturlugata 8,
Reykjavik, IS-101



  • College of Reykjavik (Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík), May 1995, major in natural science
  • B.Sc degree in molecular biology from the Department of Biology, Univ. of Iceland, May 2000
  • M.Sc degree in molecular biology from NTNU, Norway, October 2005
  • Ph.D in molecular biology from the Department of Biology, Univ. of Iceland, March 2010

Professional experience

  • Researcher at DeCode Genetics, May 2000 to October 2003
  • Practical teaching alongside studies 2004-2010
  • Post-doctoral fellowship at the Department of Biology, U. of I. April - December 2010
  • Post-doc position in Microfluidic cell culture at the Center for Systems Biology, UofI. Jan 2011-Dec 2012
  • Post-doc position in metabolomics of EMT on breast and lung epithelial cells. Apr 2013 - current


My studies have mostly been on cell based model systems. These include various cell culters from traditional 2D culture to more complex culture systems such as Matrigel 3D culture and air-liquid interface culture. I've used various standard in vitro techniques such as moleculer cloning, fluorescent labeling, RT-PCR, western blotting and various microscopic imaging techniques. I spent 2 years at the CSB establishing a microfluidic cell culture system.