Margrét Helga Ögmundsdóttir

Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, University of Iceland

Board member of the Nordic Autophagy Society

Member of the COST Transautophagy network

Board member of the Icelandic Science and Technology Policy Council



E-mail: mho (at)

Department of Medical Anatomy, University of Iceland, Sturlugata 8, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland

2006, BS, Biochemistry, University of Iceland

2011, PhD, Oxford University

2011-2019 Postdoctoral research/research specialist at the University of Iceland, Faculty of Medicine

Research interest

Autophagy is a degradation process that has gained increased interest the past years and its role in health and disease has started to unravel. Autophagy is an important process for cellular maintanance and aids cells coping with a variety of stress conditions. The role of autophagy in cancer has proven complex. Autophagy aids cancer cells coping with stressful environment such as nutrient deprivation, however, evidence supports that autophagy can also be tumor preventive. Our aim is to shed light on the complex role of autophagy in cancer.

Current lab members

Clémence Colmant-Larat, MSc student

Kevin Ostacolo, PhD student

Kristrún Ýr Holm, MSc student

Hildigunnur Hermannsdóttir, BSc

Sigríður Stefanía Hlynsdóttir, MSc student

Þengill Fannar Jónsson, BSc student


Our research is funded by Rannís and Vísindasjóður Krabbameinsfélagsins

Publications in PubMed


Profile on GoogleScholar

Profile on ResearchGate


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