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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.

Industrial PhD

An Industrial PhD is a three-year business-oriented research project and a PhD education, conducted in collaboration between a company, an Industrial PhD candidate and a university.  If you employ your student as an industrial PhD, an application for support for the project will be submitted to Innovation Fund Denmark, and the student will have salaried employment at your company throughout the entire industrial PhD project. 

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Examples of collaboration with industry

Jørgen Kjems (left) and Morten Venø are partners in a new consortium, PRIME, that will seek to develop biological nano-implants - based on naturally occurring signaling pathways - that can help patients with epilepsy. Photo: Anne Færch Nielsen.

2021.03.10 | Research, Knowledge exchange

Developing biological nano-implants to block epileptic seizures

Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases, and seizures can be debilitating. Unfortunately, treatments to prevent these seizures are lacking. Jørgen Kjems from iNANO and the Department of Molecular Biology at Aarhus University and the AU spinout company, OMIICS, are partners in a new consortium, PRIME, that will seek to develop…

Unraveling the three-dimensional structure of the glycine transporter, researchers have now come a big step closer to understanding the regulation of glycine in the brain. These result open up opportunities to find effective drugs that inhibit GlyT1 function, with major implications for the treatment of schizophrenia and other mental disorders. Figure: Azadeh Shahsavar

2021.03.04 | Research, Knowledge exchange

Structure determination of the glycine transporter GlyT1 opens new avenues in development of psychiatric drugs

Glycine can stimulate or inhibit neurons in the brain, thereby controlling complex functions. Unraveling the three-dimensional structure of the glycine transporter, researchers have now come a big step closer to understanding the regulation of glycine in the brain. These results, which have been published in Nature, open up opportunities…

Faba bean (photo: Marcin Nadzieja, MBG, AU)
Faba bean plant (photo: Marcin Nadzieja, MBG, AU)

2021.01.25 | Research, Knowledge exchange

New grant for improving faba bean yield and protein quality

With a grant of DKK 15 million (EUR 2M) from the Green Development and Demonstration Programme (GUDP) - a programme under the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries of Denmark - Danish researchers and breeders will develop new faba bean cultivars for use as a locally grown alternative to imported soy protein.

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Contact at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Chairman of the Committee for industrial collaboration

Esben Skipper Sørensen

Professor Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics - Molecular Medicine and Nutrition

Contact person regarding industrial collaboration with students

Michael Etzerodt

Associate professor Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics - Protein Sciences