Kristian Hveem is a Professor in Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and a specialist in gastroenterology and internal medicine. He is the director of HUNT Biobank (The European Biobank of the year 2013) and the national CONOR biobank in Norway. Since 2010 he has been leading the National Biobank Infrastructure, "Biobank Norway" (BBMRI.no), funded by the Research Council of Norway, and he is the Norwegian representative on the BBMRI-ERIC management committee. From 2010-2013 he served as the first director of the Danish National Biobank (DNB). He is still associated with DNB as a scientific advisor. He is also the present leader of the Nordic Biobank Network.
In 2016 his research group, "HUNT genes", was funded as a K.G. Jebsen Center for Genetic Epidemiology, a national funding scheme for excellent research centers in translational medicine. Prof Hveem is both leading and participate actively in a number of national and international
research projects mainly focusing on CVD and population genetics.