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Turning the self-defence of bacteria on themselves

In a major new research project funded by the Carlsberg Foundation's Semper Ardens programme, a research group at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, who studies bacterial survival and defence mechanisms, will spend the next five years investigating how to turn bacteria's natural immune systems against themselves as a part of future antibiotic treatment strategies. The Carlsberg Foundation has awarded DKK 10 million to Professor Ditlev E. Brodersen for the research project.

Nature's nutcracker can crush pesticide residue

Highly non-degradable chemicals such as PFAS and pesticides can have useful properties in some situations, but are extremely difficult for nature to remove afterwards. Now researchers from Aarhus University have found that certain bacteria use an enzyme that acts as a molecular nutcracker to crush the harmful substances.

Teachers team up with students to integrate programming into teaching

A group of teachers at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University has joined forces with former students to develop the teaching of structural biology. The result is a whole new way of teaching computer skills, and it has been well received by new students.

New insights into how the CRISPR immune system evolved

With new insights into how the genetic tool CRISPR – which allows direct editing of our genes – evolved and adapted, we are now one step closer to understanding the basis of the constant struggle for survival that takes place in nature. The results can be used in future biotechnologies.

Researchers reveal how bacteria can adapt to resist treatment by antibiotics

In a joint collaboration, researchers from Denmark and Switzerland have shown that bacteria produce a specific stress molecule, divide more slowly, and thus save energy when they are exposed to antibiotics. The new knowledge is expected to form the basis for development of a new type of antibiotics.

Arms race among microbes

The hot, muddy pools of Iceland are home to a number of simple, single-celled organisms, and new research shows that they also constitute a true biological battlefield and the basis for an arms race of unprecedented magnitude. The new knowledge about the struggle between living organisms in hot pools gives us a much better understanding of how  microorganisms survive when exposed to stress, information which could be used for the development of future drugs.

Danish researchers reveal how the MRSA bacterium handles stress

An international team of researchers has revealed a fundamental mechanism responsible for handling stress in staphylococci when they are exposed to antibiotics. It is expected that the research results eventually can be used to develop new antibiotics that circumvent such stress mechanisms.

Bacteria’s secret weapon against pesticides and antibiotics revealed

Bacteria exhibit extreme adaptability, which makes them capable of surviving in the most inhospitable conditions. New research results produced by Danish and British researchers now reveal the molecular details behind one of the secret weapons used by bacteria in their battle to survive under very nutrient-poor and even toxic conditions.

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X-rays reveal the self-defence mechanisms of bacteria

Ditlev Brodersen's research group at Aarhus University has gained unique insight into how bacteria control the amount of toxin in their cells. The new findings can eventually lead to the development of novel forms of treatment for bacterial infections.

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New knowledge may lead to the development of future antibiotics

A research team led by Associate Professor Ditlev E. Brodersen, PhD, has revealed the mechanism behind a completely new type of antibiotic, which may have an important impact on the fight against diseases in the future.

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X-rays reveal the self-defence mechanisms of bacteria

En gruppe forskere fra Aarhus Universitet har fået et unikt indblik i, hvordan bakterier styrer mængden af giftstoffer i cellen. De nye resultater vil på sigt muliggøre nye former for behandling af bakterielle infektioner.

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Honorary awards, large research grants, etc.

Ditlev Egeskov Brodersen has been appointed Professor of Structural Microbiology

Ditlev Egeskov Brodersen has been appointed Professor of Structural Microbiology to study microbial survival mechanisms at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University as of 1 June 2021.

Ditlev E. Brodersen is among the first to be appointed Novo Nordisk Foundation Hallas-Møller Ascending Investigator

As one of the first researchers in the country, Associate Professor Ditlev E. Brodersen receives the Hallas-Møller Ascending Investigator grant as part of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Leader Programme. The 10 mio DKK (ca. Euro 1,342,320) grant will provide Ditlev Brodersen's research lab with opportunities to explore the survival mechanisms of microbes for the next five years. The project will be carried out at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. 

Ditlev Brodersen awarded prestigious visiting professorship at Università di Parma

Associate Professor Ditlev Egeskov Brodersen at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics has been awarded a prestigious visiting professorship in structural biology and didactics at the PhD level at Università di Parma, Italy.

Novel learning platform developed at AU

On Wednesday 11 June 2014, a novel learning platform is launched at Aarhus University, curriculearn.dk. The platform has been developed by Associate Professor Ditlev Egeskov Brodersen at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG) and will be presented to the public on Thursday afternoon at a workshop at the conference "Frontiers in Science Education" held at the Lakeside Lecture Theatres, Aarhus University (AU).

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Large grant awarded for research into giant enzymes

AU Ideas has awarded a grant of DKK 5 million (approximately EUR 670,000) to Ditlev E. Brodersen to start a pilot centre for research into giant enzymes. The research could form the basis for developing new pharmaceuticals.

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Researchers from Aarhus University participate in the award of the Nobel Prize

Two Danish researchers - Ditlev E. Brodersen and Poul Nissen from the Department of Molecular Biology, Aarhus University - are currently in Stockholm to participate in the award of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009.

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