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High-tech equipment for biological mass spectroscopy

With a grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation of EUR 2 million (DKK 15 million), Professor Jan J. Enghild can pursue his vision of establishing a "state-of-the-art" platform within biological mass spectroscopy.

Professor Jan J. Enghild has received a grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation of EUR 2 million to buy high-tech equipment for biological mass spectroscopy. Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen, AU.

The platform will support basic and clinical science at the university in all research areas where the study of one protein at a time is required.

"In recent years, improvements in mass spectrometry have revolutionized protein analysis and facilitated identification, characterization and quantification. Today, quantitative proteome analyzes have become a basic tool for biological hypothesis generation, characterization of protein-protein interaction networks, signal path analysis, microbial diagnostics and biomarker discovery,” explains Jan Johannes Enghild.

Jan Enghild continues: "By increasing the current mass spectrometry capacity at the university, it becomes possible to provide expertise to a wider group of researchers, as the demand for sample analyzes exceeds the capacity of the current equipment."

Thus, it is a requirement of the Novo Nordisk Foundation that the equipment be made widely available to researchers from both the university environments and the industry.

About the Novo Nordisk Foundation

The foundation’s vision is to make a significant contribution to research and development that improves people's lives and the sustainability of society. Since 2010, the fund has awarded more than DKK 16 billion, primarily for research at public knowledge institutions and hospitals in Denmark and the other Nordic countries, as well as treatment and prevention of diabetes. 

Read more about the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

For further information, please contact

Professor Jan J. Enghild
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
Aarhus University, Denmark
jje@mbg.au.dk - +45 87155449

Assistant Professor Carsten Scavenius
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
Aarhus University, Denmark    
csss@mbg.au.dk - +45 3115 1179