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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…

The front cover of Aktuel Naturvidenskab July 2020.

2020.06.30 | Grant

DKK 1.3 million to bring natural science research into the classroom

The natural science journal Aktuel Naturvidenskab and the natural science lecture series "Offentlige foredrag i Naturvidenskab" have been granted DKK 1,336,000 from the Novo Nordisk Foundation to develop a format that will bring science closer to Danish upper-secondary school students.

[Translate to English:] Foto: Anders Trærup, AU Foto.

2020.06.26 | Faculty of Natural Sciences

Wanted: Two new vice-deans

Faculty of Natural Sciences is looking for two new vice-deans for research and education to develop and run the newly established faculty.

Alexander Zelikin receives 13.5m from Novo Nordisk Foundation for signalling and internalising receptor mimics. (Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Photo)

2020.06.25 | Department of Chemistry, iNANO, Grant

The Novo Nordisk Foundation supports wild scientific and technical research ideas

For the first time, the Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded grants within the research programme NERD, which is targeted at ambitious and wild research ideas in the fields of scientific and technical research. At Aarhus University, Associate Professor Alexander Zelikin has just received DKK 13.5 million.

Jørgen Kjems (left) og Morten T. Venø describes in an article in PNAS, how expression of non-coding RNA changes during epileptic seizures in rodents (Photo: Anne Færch Nielsen)

2020.06.25 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, iNANO

Large-scale data sets identify small RNAs with a role in epilepsy

A new paper from Jørgen Kjems' group at iNANO and MBG describes how expression of non-coding RNA changes during epileptic seizures in rodents. The authors found that inhibiting a specific set of microRNAs (miRNAs) by antisense technology reduced seizure frequency in a mouse model, suggesting that these RNA molecules could serve as possible targets…

Photo: Søren Kjeldgaard

2020.06.23 | Faculty of Natural Sciences

Larger intake: The faculty has been allocated more student places

More students are to have the opportunity to study a natural science degree programme at Aarhus University, and after the summer holidays, 152 more applicants will be able to take one of the new student places at the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Kaj Grønbæk, Professor and Head of Department at the Department of Computer Science together with Carsen Obel, Professor at the Department of Public Health, are initiators of the CoronaLytics project. Photo: Mellissa Bach Kirkeby Yildirim, Aarhus University.

2020.06.18 | Computer Science

CoronaLytics – health data from smartphones help us to better deal with corona

Innovation Fund Denmark supports the CoronaLytics project with 4 M DKK. From University of Aarhus, Professor Kaj Grønbæk of the Department of Computer Science and Professor Carsten Obel of the Institute of Public Health have received support from the Innovation Fund to analyze health data from smartphones and wearables.

2020.06.17 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Grant

Joseph Lyons receives DKK 10 million from Lundbeckfonden to study cell membranes

Joseph Lyons is one of the nine talented researchers who will become a Lundbeckfonden fellow in 2020. And the grant that comes with the appointment enables him to establish his own research group and devote himself to research for the next five years at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics/DANDRITE, Aarhus University.

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