Markus Herrgard

Markus Herrgard



Building: 220, 227F

2800 Kgs. Lyngby


iLoop Translational Core Research Unit


I'm the director of the iLoop Translational Core research unit at the NNF Center for Biosustainability. The iLoop (Iterative Cell Factory Development Loop) unit works on translational projects related to microbial cell factory engineering. The unit consists of four technology platforms led by team leaders providing specialized services to cell factory development projects in the iLoop Unit and at DTU Biosustain: 

  1. Analytics - Hanne Bjerre Christensen
  2. Design - Lasse Ebdrup Pedersen and Niko Sonnenschein 
  3. High-throughput workflows - Douglas McCloskey
  4. Genome engineering and project management - Rebecca Lennen

In total, the iLoop Unit employs over 30 interdiciplinary researchers, engineers and technicians. The iLoop Unit collaborates closely with other DTU Biosustain translational units including Business Development and the Pre-Pilot Plant.


More information on the iLoop is available here:



Research interests


My research work is focused on cell factory design using genome-scale models and mining of big biological datasets. More information can be found on the iLoop Design Unit page: I also coordinate the EU Horizon 2020 DD-DeCaF project focused on building bioinformatics services for data-driven desisign of cell factories and communities:


My publications:    Complete list of publications in Google Scholar


My CV: LinkedIn profile




1993 - 1998 M.Sc. - Aalto University, Finland
1999 - 2004 Ph.D. - University of California, San Diego

Academic grades


Professional experience

2004 - 2006 Post-doctoral researcher - University of California, San Diego, Bioengineering
2006 - 2008 Project Scientist - University of California, San Diego, Bioengineering
2008 - 2012 Senior Scientist - Synthetic Genomics, Inc.
2012 - Group leader - DTU, Biosustain
2014 - iLoop Core Manager - DTU, Biosustain
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  • Metabolic Engineering

    ISSNs: 1096-7176

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1096-7184

    Academic Press, United States

    BFI (2018): BFI-level 2, Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 8.33 SJR 3.54 SNIP 1.864, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes, Web of Science (2018): Indexed yes

    Central database


  • Frontiers in Microbiology

    ISSNs: 1664-302X

    Frontiers Research Foundation, Switzerland

    BFI (2018): BFI-level 1, Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 4.16 SJR 1.731 SNIP 1.172, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed no, Web of Science (2018): Indexed yes

    Indexed in DOAJ

    Central database


  • P L o S One

    ISSNs: 1932-6203

    Public Library of Science, United States

    BFI (2018): BFI-level 1, Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 3.11 SJR 1.201 SNIP 1.092, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes, Web of Science (2018): Indexed yes

    Indexed in DOAJ

    Central database


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