Margrét Helga Ögmundsdóttir



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

Board member of the Nordic Autophagy Society, Icelandic Science and Technology Policy Council and University of Iceland Science Park.

E-mail: mho (at)

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

(work in progress)

Margrét Helga Ögmundsdóttir

2006 BS, Biochemistry, University of Iceland

2011 PhD, Oxford University

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

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

Kevin Ostacolo, PhD student
Valgerður Jakobína Hjaltalín, PhD student
Cleménce Colmant-Larat, PhD student
Þengill Fannar Jónsson, MS student
Ingvi Karl Jónsson, MS student
Kári Ísleifsson, BS student

Our research is funded by Rannís and Vísindasjóður Krabbameinsfélagsins