I have been employed as a post.doc scientist in the Gut Ecology group of DTU Food/Microbiology since September 2008.

In November 2010, I received funding for 2½ years for the post doc project "A novel approach to the study of the intestinal microbial ecosystem and its putative role in obesity development" from The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (Det Fri Forskningsråd, Teknologi og Produktion).   The main focus of the project will be to develop and use a qPCR low density array in order to quantify the most relevant bacteria in the human gut. In particular, this array will be used to analyze feces samples from a large infant cohort study performed at KU-Life. Moreover, this array will be used to search for correlations between the gut microbiota and obesity development in early life by multivariate statistical methods. I am very interested in the bioinformatical approach to the research field and find it fascinating to search for patterns in vast biological data.

In the group, I function as a specialist in gene expression quantification (qPCR) and subsequent data analysis and statistics, supervising most of the post.docs, PhD- and master students and laboratory technicians in the group in qPCR.

I have used these expertises on several ongoing projects in the group including the PREGI (correlation of different prebiotic candidates and microbiotal composition) and the Nutrigenomics (effects of different bacterial colonization on microbiotal composition) projects and have thus participated in finalizing several papers for submission and publication.

Finally, I have taken ad hoc part in the department’s advisory function.

Previously, I finished and published a PhD in Neurobiology at the Psychiatric University Hospital in Århus, where I also gained insight in microarray analysis and subsequent bioinformatical processing.

CV

Education

1992 - 1995 B.Sc in Business Administration and Management Science - Copenhagen Business School
1996 - 1999 B.Sc in Biochemistry - University of Copenhagen, Denmark
1999 - 2002 M.Sc. in Human Biology - University of Copenhagen, Denmark
2003 - 2007 PhD in Medicine - University of Aarhus, Denmark

Academic grades

PhD in Medicine

M.Sc in Human Biology

Professional experience

2003 - 2003 Research Scientist (Psychiatric University Hospital, Risskov) - Univerisity of Aarhus, Denmark, Molecular Neurobiology
2003 - 2007 PhD student (Psychiatric University Hospital, Risskov) - Univerisity of Aarhus, Denmark, Molecular Neurobiology
2007 - 2008 Medical Advisor - H. Lundbeck A/S, International Safety and Pharmacovigilance
2008 - 2010 Post.doc (Department of Microbiology and Risk Assessment) - Technical University of Denmark, National Food Institute

Languages

Danish - Native language, Swedish - Native language, English - Fluent, French - Reading okay/Oral fair

Expertise

qPCR, gene expression analysis, gut low density array, obesity, early life gut development, bioinformatics, statistics, gut microbiology, neurobiology.

International experience

Currently six peer-reviewed scientific papers accepted (two as first author), several in submission and in production. Participated with oral and poster presentations in several international scientific conferences since 2004. Peer reviewer for several neuroscientific journals.

Other information

Nov 2010: Received funding for 2½ years of the post doc project "A novel approach to the study of the intestinal microbial ecosystem and its putative role in obesity development" from The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (Det Fri Forskningsråd, Teknologi og Produktion). Amount: 2,181,600 DKR. First receiver of Maria Koed Jørgensen Memorial legacy for research in the field of depressive diseases in July 2006. Amount: 100,000 DKR Other grants during grad school: Augustinus Foundation, Foundation of Psychiatric merits (Psykiatriens Fremme), and Hede Nielsen Foundation. High school grant: Ellen Berggrens legacy to "a gifted student with flair and talent for higher academical studies"
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  • F E M S Microbiology Letters

    ISSNs: 0378-1097, 03781097, 1574-6968

    ISSNs (Electronic): 0168-644

    Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd., United Kingdom

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  • Journal of Nutrition

    ISSNs: 0022-3166, 00223166

    ISSNs (Electronic): 1541-6100

    American Society for Nutrition, United States

    ISI indexed (2013): yes, FI (2013): 2

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  • European Journal of Nutrition

    ISSNs: 1436-6207

    ISSNs (Electronic): 1436-6215

    Dr. Dietrich/Steinkopff Verlag, Germany

    ISI indexed (2013): yes, FI (2013): 1

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