Industrial collaboration

For many years, several researchers at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics have been collaborating with the industrial community on various research projects - partly by establishing a specific research collaboration and partly by recruiting an industrial PhD student. Some of these projects can be seen below. Here you can also get good advice if you as a company wish to collaborate with one or more of the department's research groups.

More examples of the department's industrial collaborations

Anders Olsen has been awarded DKK 10 million from the Innovation Fund Denmark to find out why some bacteria are healthy and some harmful. Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen.
The researchers use the simple and popular nematode (roundworm) <em>C. elegans</em> in their studies. Because it is so small (1.2 mm) and has a short generation time (3 days), it is extremely well suited to this type of study. Photo: Anders Olsen.

2015.01.15 | Grant, Knowledge exchange

Worms and health-promoting bacteria

A research collaboration between Aarhus University, SSI (State Serum Institute) and DuPont will find out why some bacteria are healthy and some harmful. A worm measuring 1.2 mm that feeds on bacteria will help provide the answers. The Innovation Fund Denmark has invested in the project by awarding a grant of DKK 10 million to Anders Olsen.

At Aarhus University, making a contribution to addressing society’s challenges through research is viewed as a natural part of our mission. In Denmark as well as internationally. To do so requires an interdisciplinary effort.

2014.09.22 | Research, Knowledge exchange

Modern genetechnology helps ensure the food supply of the future

Genomic selection has revolutionised livestock breeding in Denmark. Now scientists from AU are on the brink of being able to apply detailed analyses of the genome to plant breeding. This is an important step towards ensuring a sustainable food supply for the 8 billion people who will inhabit the planet in the future.

Deep roots help crops acquire water and nutrients. With the aid of new gene technologies scientists are developing crops with deeper roots. Photo: Colourbox

2014.06.10 | Public / media, Knowledge exchange

Deep roots are the root of all good

Scientists are developing deep-rooted crops for better uptake of water and nutrients. This will make the plants more robust and better able to cope with the expected effects of climate change on the weather and will ensure better growth and higher yields.

New gene technologies will be used to make Danish malt barley even better. Photo: Colourbox

2014.06.10 | Public / media, Knowledge exchange

Better beer with better barley

New genetic technologies have revolutionised animal breeding. Now the same technologies and models can be used to better Danish malting barley.

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Present industrial collaborations

Here are some examples of the companies that the department is collaborationg with.

See also Research-based public sector consultancy, where the researchers at the department carry out advisory tasks for ministries and government agencies.


If you have any questions about industrial collaboration with the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, please feel free to contact the Chairman of the Committee for Industrial Collaboration:

Esben Skipper Sørensen

ProfessorDepartment of Molecular Biology and Genetics - Molecular Nutrition

You are also welcome to contact the individual researcher if you wish to start a collaboration.