Dissemination of research results

The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics publishes regularly articles to various media (newspapers, TV, online media) with results from the department in connection with the publication of some of the staff's scientific articles.

In connection with their PhD defence, the students make a popular description of their research for the media.

In addition, several researchers actively participate in debates in the media and produce science articles and books.


Research news

Poul Nissen is receiving the 2017 Novo Nordisk Prize for his pioneering studies of the structure and function of ion pumps. Photo: Novo Nordisk Fonden.

2017.02.10 |

Professor Poul Nissen receives the 2017 Novo Nordisk Prize

Poul Nissen, Professor at Aarhus University, is receiving the 2017 Novo Nordisk Prize for his pioneering studies of the structure and function of ion pumps. Through his research, Poul Nissen has clarified in detail, among other things, how ions and nutrients are transported into and out of cells. This fundamental knowledge is very significant for…

Researchers from Aarhus University and the seed company DLF were awarded a grant from the  the Innovation Fund Denmark of DKK 11 million to combine strong features of existing grass species by new breeding techniques and thereby develop a new grass variety that is more robust than the existing ones. Photo: Biopix (http://www.biopix.dk)

2017.02.09 |

New breeding strategy to increase the export of Danish grasses

The best properties from three well-known grasses will be united in new grass varieties. With significantly enhanced performance and high robustness, such grasses will pave the way for Danish export of new varieties that are prepared for future climate and the demand for more biomass.

Danish researchers have helped to map the genome of winter cress (Barbarea vulgaris) and found specific genes involved in the alluring and deadly substances. Photo: Enrico Blasutto.

2017.02.06 |

Researchers from Aarhus University and University of Copenhagen map death trap genes

Genes from a plant that lures insect pests to their deaths can be used to breed resistant crops.

In a 700,000-plus person study, the international Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits (GIANT) Consortium has uncovered 83 new DNA changes that affect human height. Illustration: Ditte Høyer Engholm

2017.02.01 |

The genes behind the different human height

GIANT study finds rare, influential genetic changes related to height. Research findings in this area may help to develop new types of drugs.

The figure shows the structure of C1 investigated by two different techniques. To the left is shown data recorded by the scientists with X- (black curve) at the PETRA III synchrotron in Hamborg. The grey curve shows how a curve calculated from the model in the middle panel fits to the eksperimental data. To the right  is shown so-called class averages of images recorded with electron microskopy. In row two to the right is clearly seen 10 protrusions, which is strictly nono-compatible with the the old model for activation of complement. For this reason the EM-data was pivotal for the results.

2017.01.20 |

A new model for activation of the immune system

By studying a large protein (the C1 protein) with X-rays and electron microscopy, researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark have established a new model for how an important part of the innate immune system is activated. The activation of the C1 protein is a fundamental mechanism in immunology, and therefore the new research results also have…

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Trine Ilsø Jensen

2016.05.09 |

Trine Ilsø Jensen: Analysis of microRNAs – How are they regulated?

PhD defence, Monday, 9 May 2016. Trine Ilsø Jensen.

Claus Tofting-Olesen

2016.04.13 |

Claus Tofting-Olesen: Studies of Non-Ribosomal Peptide Synthetases

PhD defence, Tuesday 19 April 2016. Claus Tofting-Olesen.

Simone Giacometti

2016.04.11 |

Simone Giacometti: The role of the CBC and its associated protein complexes in gene expression

PhD defence, Monday 11 April 2016. Simone Giacometti.

Anders Hauge Okholm
Confocal microscopy image of cancer cells that have taken up DNA nanoparticles coated with the protein transferrin. Cell membranes are green, and cell nuclei are blue. Red dots indicate the location of DNA nanoparticles. Especially in the bottom left corner, it is clear that DNA nanoparticles are located inside the cells. Anders Hauge Okholm found a positive correlation between the number of transferrin protein molecules on DNA nanoparticles and cell uptake. This gives researchers a better understanding of nanoparticle design in relation to drug delivery.

2016.04.04 |

Anders Hauge Okholm: DNA nanovehicles – a smart approach to deliver drugs to specific cells in the body

PhD defence, Monday, 4 April 2016. Anders Hauge Okholm

Ahmed Ismael Sayed Ismael

2016.03.30 |

Ahmed Ismael Sayed Ismael: Genotype by environment interaction for fertility traits in dairy cattle

PhD defence, Wednesday 30 March 2016. Ahmed Ismael Sayed Ismael.

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