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The determination of the crystal structure of an exopolysaccharide receptor gives insight into how plants and microbes communicate and this knowledge can hopefully be used for more sustainable agriculture where microbes have an important role. Figure: Kasper Røjkjær Andersen.

2020.08.05 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Researchers discover a new and unique class of carbohydrate receptors

An international team of researchers led by Aarhus University are the first to determine the crystal structure of an exopolysaccharide receptor. The results give insight into how plants and microbes communicate, and this knowledge can hopefully be used for more sustainable agriculture where microbes play an important role.

Photo: Colourbox

2020.08.04 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Saving people with COVID-19 by suppressing the immune system

The immune system protects us from attacks from external enemies such as bacteria and viruses, but sometimes the body fights so fiercely against external threats that people die. In COVID-19, the immune system slows the spread of viruses. New research shows that this means that damaged tissue is not repaired in the lungs, which is why many people…

Natural Sciences is to admit 20% more students to its study programmes 
Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Foto.

2020.07.29 | Faculty of Natural Sciences

Significant increase in student places offered at Natural Sciences

20 per cent more students will be offered a place at Natural Sciences this year. There are also still vacant places, because the university has increased its capacity in the wake of corona.

(Ill.: Hendrik Dietz, Technical University of Munich)

2020.07.13 | iNANO, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

New research collaboration will develop nano shells that encapsulate and fight virus particles

Professor Jørgen Kjems and the consortium Virofight has received funding from the EU FET-OPEN program to advance novel antiviral treatment. Instead of targeting virus-specific proteins or enzymes by small molecules as done by current antivirals, the Virofight project will develop DNA-based nano-shells that engulf and neutralize entire viruses.…

Dean Kristian Pedersen, Faculty of Natural Sciences. Photo: Melissa Yildirim, AU Photo

2020.07.10 | Faculty of Natural Sciences

Invitation to welcome reception for Dean Kristian Pedersen

The university invites partners, staff and students to a welcome reception for Dean Kristian Pedersen 19 August 2020.

The Department of Mathematics has appointed Peter Jørgensen as a new professor. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Photo

2020.07.07 | Department of Mathematics, People

Peter Jørgensen new Professor in Mathematics

Peter Jørgensen is newly appointed professor in mathematics at Aarhus University. Previously he was a professor at Newcastle University.

Computer Science students working in the library at Katrinebjerg. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Foto

2020.07.06 | Computer Science

Large increase in applications for IT programmes

25% more have chosen one of Aarhus University’s IT programmes as their first priority. The three programmes at the Faculty of Natural Sciences - Computer Science, IT Product Development and Data Science - all seem to be getting good admission.

The Faculty of Natural Sciences has received 2,642 applications, of which 917 were first-choice applications. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Photo

2020.07.06 | Faculty of Natural Sciences

Increase in applications for Natural Sciences

As expected, applications to Denmark’s higher education degree programmes have increased this year – this also applies to Aarhus University, which has received 5% more first-choice applications compared to last year. Preliminary figures show that engineering and IT degree programmes have seen the greatest increase.

Ebbe S. Andersen receives 10 mio from the Novo Nordisk Foundation (Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Photo)
Researchers from the Andersen Lab for Biomolecular Design who developed the RNA-based technology platform (Photo: Nestor Sampedro)
Illustration of (A) RNA origami scaffolds that can be produced in cells, (B) RNA scaffolds for enzymatic cascades, (C) Function of RNA scaffolds and sensors in cells. (Ill.: Ebbe S. Andersen)

2020.07.03 | iNANO, Grant

DKK 10 million for developing nanoscale assembly lines for biotechnological production

Ebbe S. Andersen is awarded a DKK 10 million Ascending Investigator Grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s Research Leader Programme. The research project aims at using recently developed RNA nanotechnology-based assembly lines, sensors and nanorobots to improve biochemical reactions inside cells. The potential outcome will be improved bacterial…

Niels Peter Revsbech. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Photo

2020.06.30 | Department of Biology, People

Niels Peter Revsbech cuts back: "You can’t do it all"

Retirement is approaching for Professor Niels Peter Revsbech from the Department of Biology, and tomorrow, 1 July, he is passing on one of his biggest jobs as head of WATEC as he slowly cuts back on his work commitments. He leaves behind him a long and remarkable career, with inventions that have influenced research around the world. However, with…

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