Lene Hemmingsen

Lene Hemmingsen


Prebiotic compounds are believed to improve human health by selectively stimulating the growth and activity of health-promoting species belonging to the genera Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli. These species have a beneficial effect on the colon environment and can be used as a marker for the stability in the human colon microbiota.

The aim of my PhD project is to validate new synthesized carbohydrates in preparation for defining them as prebiotics and examining if they have a stimulating effect on the health-promoting species in the colon.

Furthermore, I study the effect of the potential prebiotics on the colon environment in patients with Ulcerative Colitis and examine whether these components can play a roll in the treatment of patients suffering from this disease.  



2005 - 2007 Biology- Biotechnology master degree - Faculty of LIFE Sciences, University of Copenhagen
2001 - 2005 Agronomic bachelor - The Royal Veterinary- and Agricultural University of Copenhagen

Academic grades

Cand. Scient Bilogy Biotechnology

Professional experience

2007 - 2008 Scientific assistant - Faculty of LIFE Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Institute for Veterinary Patobiology, Department for Food Microbiology


English, German


Some undigestible carbohydrates may have a health promoting (prebiotic) effect by supporting the growth of beneficial colonic bacteria. My task is to screen well-characterized carbohydrates for their specific effects on a set of intestinal microbiotas derived from healthy people and from patients suffering from ulcerative colitis. My PhD project is part of the Prebiotic Center and is a collaboration between DTU, Herlev University Hospital and Danisco Innovation
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  • International Journal of Medical Microbiology

    ISSNs: 1438-4221

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1618-0607

    Elsevier GmbH - Urban und Fischer, Germany

    BFI (2018): BFI-level 1, Scopus rating (2017): SJR 1.717 SNIP 1.135, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes, Web of Science (2018): Indexed yes

    Central database


  • Process Biochemistry

    ISSNs: 1359-5113

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1873-3298

    Elsevier Ltd, United Kingdom

    BFI (2018): BFI-level 1, Scopus rating (2017): SJR 0.761 SNIP 1.012, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes, Web of Science (2018): Indexed yes

    Central database


  • Food & Function

    ISSNs: 2042-6496

    Royal Society of Chemistry, United Kingdom

    Scopus rating (2017): SJR 1.209 SNIP 1.07, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes, Web of Science (2018): Indexed yes

    Local database


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