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Bjørn Panyella Pedersen awarded DuPont Early Career Grant

Assistant Professor Bjørn Panyella Pedersen, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University, has been awarded the highly prestigious "Early Career Grant" from DuPont.

The research team behind the research that led to the ”Early Career Grant” from DuPont to Bjørn Panyella Pedersen. From left: Line Lindgreen Eriksen, Bjørn Panyella Pedersen and Peter Aasted Paulsen. (Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen).

Bjørn P. Pedersen has been selected as one of nine “2015 DuPont Young Professors”. With the selection follows a grant to pursue future ambitious research with a biotechnological scope. He was awarded the grant based on the research he has carried out with the other members of his research group postdoc Peter Aasted Paulsen and undergraduate Line Lindgreen Eriksen.

”This is an amazing acknowledgement of our work and a great honour for me. The research in my group focuses on understanding sugar and cholesterol transport at a structural level”, says Dr. Pedersen. “There is a strong need to understand these processes in more detail both from a basic research perspective as well as from a biotech perspective. The group was started about a year ago, and I am very proud that we, in this short timespan, have been able to establish a position that has allowed this exciting starting point for our future research.”

The DuPont Young Professor program supports talented young faculty members in the early stages of their careers. Since its establishment in 1918, the DuPont Young Professor award has supported more than 700 young professors primarily in the US with over $50 million in grants.

The nine members of the DuPont Young Professor Class of 2015 are all key scientists on the staff of leading universities around the world. The company will provide this outstanding international and interdisciplinary group with over $400,000 during the next two years to support their research that advances basic science knowledge to address global challenges in food, energy and protection.


Bjørn Panyella Pedersen

Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics/Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS)
Aarhus University, Denmark
bpedersen@aias.au.dk - +45 87153687