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About the department

The main tasks of the Department of Molecular Biology are to to provide research-based teaching at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level, to do research at an international level, to transfer knowledge to companies, and to disseminate research activities and results of our research in molecular biology to the rest of society

Research at the department ranges from basic to applied research within molecular biology. The department is organised in five research sections (Plant Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, RNA Biology and Innovation, Protein Science and Cellular Health, Intervention and Nutrition), a number of centres of excellence and various interdisciplinary centres.

Research largely takes place in collaboration with researchers from other laboratories, both in Denmark and abroad, and often in collaboration with researchers from other research areas. Several of the department's researchers also have a collaboration with industry.

The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics strives to ensure that new knowledge generated by researchers is communicated to a wider group in society, and as far as possible leads to the development of new products and technologies. Among other things, this is reflected in collaboration with companies, patents, entrepreneurship, industrial PhD's, collaboration with secondary school pupils as well as dissemination of knowledge to the general public.  

Staff and students

  • 150 scientific staff
  • 80 technical and administrative staff
  • 80 PhD students
  • 500 Master and bachelor students (in molecular biology and molecular medicine)

See a list of the department's staff, PhD students and students writing their MSc thesis


The department's staff participate in the education of students in biology, medical chemistry, molecular medicine, molecular biology and biotechnology.

Read more about the education.


The research at the department covers the five main areas:

  • Plant Molecular Biology
  • Neurobiology
  • RNA Biology and Innovation
  • Protein Science
  • Cellular Health, Intervention and Nutrition

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The department is localised at four different locations