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Virofight will develop shell-forming nanoparticles that enclose and neutralize viruses. (Ill.: Hendrik Dietz, Technical University of Munich)
Virofight is supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 funding program with 3.88 million Euro.

2020.07.13 | iNano

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.…

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

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…

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

2020.06.25 | iNano

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 | 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…

(ill: Tilman Grünewald)

2020.06.15 | iNano

3D X-ray reveals secrets from inside bones

An international research team has used new X-ray techniques to describe how the architecture of healthy human bones is built up. The team has uncovered a hitherto unknown structure in healthy bones.

A project team from Aarhus University and Fida Biosystems will use advanced microfluidic techniques in the search for compounds, which can block the contact between SARS-CoV-2 virus and receptors on human cells. Click on the graphic to see it full size. (Graphics by Daniel Otzen)
Daniel Otzen is heading a collaborative project with DKK 3.8 million from the Innovation Fund Denmark for combating COVID-19. Photo: Jesper Rais, AU.

2020.05.29 | iNano

DKK 3.8 million for collaboration on fighting COVID-19

Daniel Otzen and collaborators, Jørgen Kjems and Victoria Birkedal from the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) and the company Fida Biosystems, have received DKK 3.8 million from the Innovation Fund Denmark to develop a screening system to identify drugs that are able to combat COVID-19.

Alexander Zelikin, Birgit Schiøtt, Frans Mulder and Jørgen Skibsted receive DKK 21,4 million in total from Independent Research Fund Denmark. Photos: Lars Kruse (AU Photo) and private.

2020.05.19 | iNano

4 researchers from iNANO and Department of Chemistry receive DKK 21.4m in total

Alexander Zelikin, Birgit Schiøtt, Frans Mulder and Jørgen Skibsted are among 59 AU researchers who have been successful in the recent call by the Independent Research Fund Denmark. In total the 4 researchers have received DKK 21.4 million.

“An intravital microscopy image depicting blood vessels, macrophages and nanoparticles. Interested in how they move in real-time? See the movie featured at the end of this article (image: Yuya Hayashi)

2020.05.13 | iNano

Zebrafish let you see the biological fate of nanoparticles in vivo

Ever wondered if you could see through the body of a living organism and observe the dynamic interplay between cells and nanoparticles injected into the bloodstream? Pia Bombolt and Thomas Boesen contribute to research published in ACS Nano showing how the use of transgenic zebrafish embryos now offers a unique opportunity for intravital…

Professor Jørgen Kjems and collaborators receive fundings from Independent Research Fund Denmark for corona related research. Photo: Jesper Rais, AU Photo

2020.04.24 | iNano

Fundings for prediction of COVID-19 infection and clinical severity

The healthcare system and the economy are under pressure in many parts of the world due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. With fundings from Independent Research Fund Denmark Professor Jørgen Kjems will, in collaboration with researchers from DTU and Rigshospitalet, develop a method that can detect the virus at very early stages of infection and,…

Associate Professor Alexander publishes in Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. on anticancer prodrug monotherapy. (Image: Copyright (2020) Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed.)

2020.04.24 | iNano

Zelikin laboratories publish new findings on potential anticancer prodrug monotherapy

Associate Professor Alexander Zelikin and his research team publish in Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. on new results which makes tumor‐targeted glucuronides attractive for translational medicine.

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