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2020.02.27 | People

Professor Anders Møller receives the Elite Researcher award 2020

Professor of Computer Science Anders Møller from Aarhus University is among the recipients of the five Elite Researcher awards 2020, which will be awarded on Thursday, February 27, 2019 at a ceremony at the Copenhagen Opera House.

The first three-dimensional structures of the IgE antibody triggering allergic reactions. To the left is shown the experimental data obtained with electron microscopy that were combined to yield the three dimensional structure of IgE itself. To the right is depicted the experimental data and the resulting three dimensional structure for IgE bound to a fragment of the drug candidate Ligelizumab. Figure: Rasmus Kjeldsen Jensen, AU

2020.02.24 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Electron microscopy allows scientists to understand the molecular trigger of allergic reactions

An international research team has been able to describe the overall structure of the antibody type IgE, which is the key molecule in allergic diseases. This is a scientific breakthrough which provides important insights into basic mechanisms of allergic reactions and may pave the way for more effective allergy medicine. The new research results…

2020.02.24 | Faculty of Natural Sciences

ALPHA collaboration at CERN reports first measurements of certain tiny splittings in antimatter

The measurements are consistent with predictions for “normal” matter and pave the way to future precision studies

Julie Thørgersen from the Department of Mathematics received DKK 2.1 million. (Photo: VILLUM FONDEN)
Amanda Bundgård from the Department of Biology received DKK 2.4 million. (Photo: VILLUM FONDEN)

2020.02.24 | Grant

Two researchers receive new international postdoc grants

The VILLUM FOUNDATION has introduced a new programme, earmarked for excellent female researchers within the technical and natural sciences. In the first round, a total of eight researchers received funding of up to DKK 2.5 mill. (EUR 0.3 mill.). Two of the recipients are researchers at the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Aarhus University.

Results published by AU researchers reveal that surfactant-mediated unfolding and refolding of proteins are complex processes with several structures present, and rearrangements occur on time scales from sub-milliseconds to minutes. (Image: Reproduced with permission from the Royal Society of Chemistry).

2020.02.19 | iNANO

Caught soap-handed: Understanding how soap molecules help proteins get in and out of shape

Controlling protein structure is crucial in the production of detergents and cosmetics. Up to now we have not had a clear understanding of how soap molecules and proteins work together to change protein structure. Now AU researchers have succeeded in creating a detailed picture of both unfolding and refolding of a protein by soap molecules on the…

2020.02.20 | People

Large increase in Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships

The Faculties of Natural Sciences and Technical Sciences account for no fewer than 16 of the 23 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships reaped by Aarhus University in the 2019 round.

Mogens Christensen (left) is conducting research to develop more efficient and sustainable magnets. Among those he is working with is Peter Kjeldsteen (right), head of development at the company Sintex. The black rings in the picture are magnets for electric motors. Photo: Dorthe Lundh

2020.02.06 | Faculty of Natural Sciences, Sustainability

From minus to plus – new magnet technology enhances green power

There are magnets in virtually all modern electrical equipment. However, the current versions are often based on metals with heavy impacts on the environment. Associate Professor Mogens Christensen is researching a new and cleaner magnet technology; research which also opens up for new opportunities to exploit and store electricity. Find out more…