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

Christian Bendixen

2012.12.17 | Public / media, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Coding for curdling: genetics and the good cheese

Not all cows are equal when it comes to producing milk that is suited for cheese-making. Scientists are close on the trail of the specific genes that code for milk with good curdling ability.

Photo: Colorbox

2012.12.03 | Public / media, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Milk is good for memory

Researchers at Aarhus University are working on creating a milk-based product that ensures good absorption of vitamin B12. Elderly people in particular are at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency, and this can affect functions such as memory.

Scientists will breed cows that burp less methane by, among things, breeding the cow's rumen microflora. Photo: Jesper Rais

2012.11.30 | Public / media, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Maximum milk for minimum methane

By selectively breeding not only cows, but also their rumen bacteria, researchers intend to reduce the release of the greenhouse gas methane, while also increasing the effectiveness of the cow's milk and meat production.

Figure. Structural analysis of 12ADT=Asp binding to SERCA pump. (a) 12ADT=Asp bound to SERCA pump (blue) demonstrating predominant binding of TG pharmacophore (yellow space filling) to the transmembrane domain with extension of the Asp moiety (green) into the space between the ?-helices making up the transmembrane domain. (b) the ?-amine group of the Asp moiety forms a hydrogen bond with Gln 250 of the SERCA pump (residue shown in stick representation) and potential interaction with phospholipid. (c) the Asp moiety of 12ADT=Asp (yellow) occupies a similar site in the SERCA as the known SERCA pump inhibitor CPA (aquamarine). b,c Colour code: Transmembrane (TM) 1-2 purple, TM3-4 green, TM5-6 orange, TM7-10 wheat, P-domain blue, A-domain yellow, Asp-ADT yellow, phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) aquamarine, electron density 2Fo-Fc grey (contour level 1 sigma), hydrogen bond grey, CPA aquamarine (figures: Ingrid Dach)

2012.06.28 | Public / media, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

New cancer drug shows great promise

Danish researchers have developed a new drug against prostate cancer in collaboration with researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the biotech company Genspera in the USA.

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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.