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NNF Young Investigator Award

NNF (Novo Nordisk Foundation) Young Investigator Awards are for outstanding younger scientists to come to Denmark to expand their groundbreaking research programs. These awards provide funding for independent early- to mid-career researchers who are ready to conduct larger and more ambitious studies. The NNF is seeking to support exceptional scientists working within any area of biomedical and/or biotechnological sciences.

Esben Lorentzen receives the first NNF Young Investigator Award - 2015

Esben Lorentzen, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany, has been selected as the first to receive the Novo Nordisk Foundation's Young Investigator Award. This younger independent investigator will now be pulling up stakes and establishing his laboratory at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University.

Esben Lorentzen research project

Cilia are thin hair-like structures on the surface of cells that have very different purposes depending on the type of cell. The functions of cilia include cell movement, communication and sensing changes the cell’s environment. If these structures do not work properly in humans, different diseases result depending on the defect and the type of cell. The research that Esben Lorentzen will conduct with his Young Investigator Award will reveal how cilia are formed and function at a detailed molecular level. Comparing normal and defective cilia will provide understanding of cilia diseases and guide new treatment strategies.

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