Henrik Toft Simonsen

Henrik Toft Simonsen

Associate Professor

Søltofts Plads

Building: 223, 234

2800 Kgs. Lyngby


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.

Click here for the research group homepage 

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

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  • Frontiers in Plant Science

    ISSNs: 1664-462X

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1664-462X

    Frontiers Media S.A., Switzerland

    BFI (2020): BFI-level 1, Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.47 SJR 1.687 SNIP 1.328, Web of Science (2020): Indexed yes, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed no

    Indexed in DOAJ

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  • Journal of Ethnopharmacology

    ISSNs: 0378-8741

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1872-7573

    Elsevier, Ireland

    BFI (2020): BFI-level 1, Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.68 SJR 1.004 SNIP 1.497, Web of Science (2020): Indexed yes, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes

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  • Phytochemistry Reviews

    ISSNs: 1568-7767

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1572-980X

    Springer Netherlands, Netherlands

    BFI (2020): BFI-level 1, Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.43 SJR 1.064 SNIP 1.837, Web of Science (2020): Indexed yes

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