• Søltofts Plads, 223, 234

    2800 Kgs. Lyngby



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In my research group, we work toward establishment of novel photosynthetic cell bioreactors for the production of valuable compounds, e.g. fragrances and drugs. We aim to use and develop novel synthetic biology tools to establish new photosynthetic eucaryotic cells to be used in commercial biotechnology.

My group also studies the compound group terpenoids, and this line of research include elucidation of biosynthetic pathways and bioengineering towards production.

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Major topics include:

  • Engineering of the moss Physcomitrella patens as a new efficient host for heterologous production of terpenoids to afford a novel bio-sustainable and robust supply of valuable terpenoids, e.g. thapsigargins and patchoulol.
  • Engineering and biochemical studies of algae to enable novel biotechnological use of these green cells.
  • Elucidation of terpenoid biosynthesis in Liverworts, using our in planta  model P. patens.
  • Discovery of novel bioactive terpenoids from different plant material, including seaweed and chicory.

We are currently involved in several projects including www.mosstech.euwww.medplant.euwww.drugtissuecult.eu and projects with several companies.

Publication list:  http://scholar.google.dk/citations?user=Jk3IrQgAAAAJ

Orcid profil:  http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3070-807X

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


  • User defined:
  • Photosynthetic cell factories
  • Physcomitrella
  • moss
  • terpenoid


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