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Thibaud Dieudonné (photo: Lisbeth Heilesen)

2021.02.25 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Thibaud Dieudonné receives the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship

Postdoc Thibaud Dieudonné from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University receives the highly prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to study how a human lipid transporter is linked to a rare inherited liver disease.

Frans Mulder and his consortium, BOUNDLESS, has received DKK 14.4m from the Novo Nordisk Foundation. Besides Frans Mulder, the consortium consists of Lene N. Nejsum, and Magnus Kjærgaard from Aarhus University as well as Siewert Jan Marrink from University of Groningen (NL). (Photos: private)

2021.02.25 | iNANO

New interdisciplinary consortium at AU will study membrane-less organelles

Associate Professor Frans Mulder is heading a new consortium, BOUNDLESS, funded by the Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme of the Novo Nordisk Foundation. With the grant the consortium will study how membrane-less organelles control key biological processes.

In order to describe the structure of properdin oligomers, the researchers used two independent techniques. In the panels with a dark background, the properdin molecule is seen as a light triangular molecule with an "eye" in each corner. This image was obtained by electron microscopy. The panels with a light background show the corresponding results obtained with small angle scattering. The results from the two independent techniques fit surprisingly well with each other. Figure: Dennis Vestergaard Pedersen and Gregers Rom Andersen

2021.02.18 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Dennis tamed the protein from hell in seven years

After seven years of intense research, a research group from Aarhus University has succeeded - through an interdisciplinary collaboration - in understanding why a very extended structure is important for an essential protein from the human immune system. The new results offer new opportunities for adjusting the activity of the immune system both…

Backwards planets in double star system. Illustration: Christoffer Grønne.

2021.02.16 | Department of Physics

Astronomers discover exoplanets orbiting their star "backwards"

In a recently published scientific article, a research group led by the Stellar Astrophysics Centre at Aarhus University describes a very special exoplanet system. Two exoplanets run "backwards" around their star, and scientists' studies suggest that they originally orbited the other, more common way around.

2021.02.12 | Department of Physics

New knowledge from old method

As quantum technology makes its inroad, we need to be able to use new materials to capture and tame the promising new opportunities offered by the technology. This means we must be able to examine the interior of exotic quantum materials, and so far this has proved rather difficult. A research team with Danish participation has now found a method.

The Lundbeck Foundation is giving the DANDRITE neuroscience centre at Aarhus University DKK 75 M (EUR 10 M) to spend on research up to 2028. Photo: Colourbox

2021.02.10 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Grant worth DKK 75 M for neuroscience in Aarhus

The Lundbeck Foundation is giving the DANDRITE neuroscience centre at Aarhus University funding to spend on research up to 2028. The funds worth DKK 75 M (EUR 10 M) will primarily be spent on recruitment of five new DANDRITE group leaders to head individual neuroscience research programmes.

Microscope image of cable bacteria reaching one end out for oxygen. The deformed oxygen front is seen as a milky line consisting of smaller bacteria attracted to the interface with the lower oxygen free layer. (Photo: Stefano Scilipoti).

2021.02.10 | Department of Biology

Electric cable bacteria breathe oxygen with unheard efficiency

Ten years ago, researchers at Aarhus University, Denmark, reported the discovery of centimeter-long cable bacteria, that live by conducting an electric current from one end to the other. Now the researchers document that a few cells operate with extremely high oxygen consumption while the rest of the cells process food and grow without oxygen. An…

[Translate to English:] Ill: Colourbox

2021.02.05 | Department of Biology, Department of Chemistry

Research infrastructure pool designates two recipients from the faculty

Two research projects at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, have received a total of DKK 61.6 million for research equipment and facilities to support their work on green development.

During the GIOS project, automated measurement stations will be established in and around Greenland to monitor changes in the atmosphere, on the inland ice, on land, in lakes, rivers, fjords and in the sea. Some of the measurement stations will be established in mobile containers that can be moved from one location to the other. The stations will all be connected to wind turbines and solar cells, allowing measurement and transmission of data via satellite all year-round. Here is a measurement station situated on the inland ice near Tasiilaq, East Greenland. Photo Andreas Ahlstrom
An automated measurement station established at the research station Zackenberg in North-East Greenland. Photo: Marcin Jackovicz-Korczynski.
Within the framework of the GIOS project, a number of easily manageable and cheap measurement buoys will be installed; the buoys move up and down in the sea and transmit data via satellites when they are at the surface. Here one of the buoys is tested outside Ella Island in East Greenland. Photo: Lucas Sandby.

2021.02.04 | Department of Biology, Sustainability

Aarhus University heads large-scale joint Arctic efforts in the Danish Realm

The Ministry of Higher Education and Science has just granted almost DKK 37 million to a targeted effort to unravel the importance of the ongoing climate change in the Arctic environment, how quickly the changes take place and how they affect the rest of the planet. The project brings all the Arctic stakeholders of the Danish Realm together in one…

[Translate to English:] Foto: Jesper Rais/AU Foto

2021.02.05 | Faculty of Natural Sciences

How management dealt with the Nature article case

A scientific article published in Nature in 2016 has been the subject of criticism from peers for a number of years, and it has given rise to an important case for the university's Research Practice Committee. The matter has been mentioned several times in the newspaper Berlingske and most recently in other media. The media coverage could give the…