People News from the Faculty of Science, week 11
Lars Grøntved has been appointed Assistant Professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Lars has previously worked at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, USA. Lars Grøntved describes his future work plans at SDU: Obesity and associated complications such as diabetes, insulin resistance and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease are often associated with deregulated transcriptional programs in a range of tissues. My research specifically aims to use an array of genomics-based technology such ChIP-seq, DNase-seq, ChIA-PET and RNA-seq to understand mechanisms of deregulated transcriptional networks in metabolic stressed liver tissue. We hypothesize that identified networks may be used as future drugable targets for metabolic diseases such as diabetes and insulin resistance.
Associate Professor Erik Kristensen from the Department of Biology hosted the 2nd NOVAGRASS Workshop on 12-14 March. Participants from Danish and international universities discussed the progress and future plans concerning the development of innovative eelgrass restoration techniques. The NOVAGRASS project (2013-2017) is funded by the Danish Council for Strategic Research.
Associate Professor Owen Jones, Department of Biology, received funding for DKK 75,000 from the EU project Biodiversity Virtual e-Laboratory (BioVeL), for continuing work on the COMPADRE plant matrix database in collaboration with Roberto Salguero-Gomez (University of Queensland, Australia). The database contains demographic information in the form of population projection matrices on more than 900 vascular plant species. The funding will be used to improve accessibility of the database with the development of user-friendly R and Python libraries to connect and easily download data.
PhD Fellow Morten Buch Engelund, Department of Biology, has been granted a postdoc stipend of DKK 1,708,416 from the Danish Council for Imdependent Research | Medical Sciences, (Det Frie Forskningsråd, Sundhed og Sygdom). The project title is “Vasopressin regulation of paracellular permeability in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease”. The place of employment will be the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Associate Professor Finn Kirpekar from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has been appointed Head of Studies for the Faculty of Science as of 15 March 2014.
Associate Professor Erik Bjerregaard Pedersen from the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy has been appointed Head of Studies for Pharmacy as of 15 March 2014.