Postdoctoral Fellow Thomas Kjærgaard will use the supercomputer in Paris for calculations on proteins. (Photo: Ulla Vibeke Hjuler)
The proteins LeuT and Leucine. Leucine is visible in both pockets (orange and cyan, respectively). (Image: Julie Grouleff)

2014.02.27 | Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry, Staff, Public / media, People

Talented researcher awarded 40 million core hours on French supercomputer

Postdoctoral Fellow Thomas Kjærgaard has just been allocated 40 million core hours, worth approximately DKK 10 million, on CURIE – the French supercomputer. Next month, the young grantee will start using the large calculator to work on proteins called neurotransmitter transporters.

Spider silk can be very useful for humans – all we need is to find out the trick. Photo: Colourbox
In collaboration with an international team of researchers, Daniel Otzen has published insight into how the proteins in a spider’s silk gland join together to form strong threads. Photo: Peter F. Gammelby

2014.02.25 | Science and Technology, iNANO, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Public / media, Staff, Research

Spider silk is acid

In collaboration with an international team of researchers, Professor Daniel Otzen, iNANO and MBG, has come closer to the ‘recipe’ for spider silk. The liquid protein material in the abdomen of the spider gradually becomes more and more acidic as it approaches the spinnerets.

Dean Niels Christian Nielsen

2014.02.20 | Staff, Public / media

Our economic challenges demand staff reductions at Science and Technology

Announcement from Dean Niels Christian Nielsen

Signe Korsager, Department of Chemistry and iNANO.
Pil Birkefeldt Møller Pedersen, Department of Bioscience.

2014.02.07 | Staff, Science and Technology, Public / media

Two young Science and Technology researchers awarded EliteForsk travel scholarships

Signe Korsager (Department of Chemistry and iNANO) and Pil Birkefeldt Møller Pedersen (Department of Bioscience) have both been awarded travel scholarships.

Daniel Otzen is receiving the EliteForsk Award on 6 February. (Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Communication)
Daniel Otzen and students looking at FTIR spectra of fibrils in the protein alpha-synuclein. (Photo: Martin Kurnik)
Bacteria with fibrils. (Photo: Gunna Kristiansen – the colours are applied)

2014.02.06 | Staff, Science and Technology, iNANO, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Public / media

Origami at the molecular level

Protein clumping in the brain can lead to debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. If these processes could be understood and controlled, it would hopefully be possible to develop an effective cure within a few years. Professor Daniel Otzen has been awarded an EliteForsk Award for his contribution to the understanding of protein…

Jens-Christian Svenning is receiving the EliteForsk Award on 6 February. (Private photo)

2014.02.06 | Department of Bioscience, Science and Technology, Public / media, Staff

Coexistence between humans and biodiversity – an ecological challenge

What links the global density of trees with conditions such as changes to population density and type of government – i.e. human impact on vegetation? And how has the distribution of flora and fauna changed as a result of climate change? Research into these important questions has contributed to Professor Jens-Christian Svenning, Department of…

2014.02.05 | Science and Technology, Department of Environmental Science, Staff, Public / media

New professor will strengthen molecular microbial ecology

Associate Professor Lars Hestbjerg Hansen has been appointed Professor of Molecular Microbiology at Aarhus University’s Department of Environmental Science in Roskilde. The professorship was established to strengthen molecular biology research into the outer environment based on DNA analysis. It will also form the basis for establishing a new…

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