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2014.08.28 | People

Two new Group Leaders at DANDRITE

DANDRITE appoints Dr. Duda Kvitsiani and Dr. Keisuke Yonehara as Group Leaders for five years with a possible extension for a maximum appointment of nine years. Both will start their research activities at DANDRITE this fall on neuronal circuits in brain function.

Foldning af RNA origami by a polymerase enzyme. A graphic representation of RNA nanostructures. Graphics: Cody Geary, AU.
Cody Geary (left) and Ebbe Sloth Andersen make origami from RNA helixes. Here they stand on the helix shaped stairway to their office at Aarhus Universitety. Photo: Peter F. Gammelby, AU.

2014.08.19 | Research

Scientists fold RNA origami from a single strand

RNA origami is a new method for organizing molecules on the nanoscale. Using just a single strand of RNA, many complicated shapes can be fabricated by this technique. Unlike existing methods for folding DNA molecules, RNA origamis are produced by enzymes and they simultaneously fold into pre-designed shapes. These features may allow designer RNA…

the function of the zinc pump when it forces zinc ions across the cell membrane. From left: Poul Nissen, Henriette Autzen, Oleg Sitsel, Tetyana Klymchuk, Pontus Gourdon, Anna Marie Nielsen and Kaituo Wang (Photo: Rasmus Rørbæk)

2014.08.18 | Research

Don’t zinc - do!

Aarhus University’s PUMPkin Centre – a Centre of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation – has just succeeded in ‘taking’ the first photos of the mechanism that transports zinc out of the cells of organisms such as bacteria and plants. The study has just been published in Nature.

Gregers Rom Andersen (left) and Janus Asbjørn Schatz-Jakobsen

2014.08.18 | Awards

Nomination of the teacher and student teacher of the year at MBG

Gregers Rom Andersen was nominated the teacher of the year and Janus Asbjørn Schatz-Jakobsen the student teacher of the year at the Annual Meeting of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics on Friday 15 August 2015.

More knowledge about how nitrogen compounds affect the plant can be useful in preventing fungal disease in barley. Photo: Janne Hansen

2014.08.13 | Grant

Nitrogen compounds control disease resistance in cereals

Nitrogen compounds play an important role in the plant’s fight against fungal diseases. Researchers are now seeking a better understanding of these mechanisms. This may present plant breeders with some new genetic tools for their work.

Professor Jens Stougaard laid the foundation for his numerous significant publications when he established the birdsfoot trefoil (<em>Lotus japonicus</em>) legume as a model organism, and large amounts are now cultivated in the research group’s greenhouses (Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen)

2014.08.11 | Research

Molecular geneticist at AU among the most frequently cited researchers in the world

Jens Stougaard is the only researcher from a Danish university among the 1% of the most frequently cited researchers in the field of Plant and Animal Science. He is a professor at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University (AU), and is also director of the Centre for Carbohydrate Recognition and Signalling (CARB), a Centre…