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Protein Biophysics (Prof. Daniel Otzen)

Daniel Otzen

Professor Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center - INANO-MBG, iNANO-huset
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Research focus in brief

Our research activities fall within 3 main areas, which all relate to the study of the kinetics and thermodynamics of protein conformational changes, namely membrane protein folding, protein-detergent interactions and protein fibrillation. These areas are linked by a keen interest in understanding the mechanistic and thermodynamic behaviour of proteins in different circumstances by quantifying the strength of internal side-chain interactions as well as contacts with solvent molecules, whether it be detergents, denaturants, stabilizing salts and osmolytes or lipids. Ultimately we hope this will lead to a greater manipulative ability vis-a-vis processes of both basic, pharmaceutical and industrial relevance. The general approach is to use available spectroscopic techniques (fluorescence, CD, stopped-flow, FTIR, NMR and dynamic and static light scattering) to generate data which can be analyzed in a quantitative manner to develop models and mechanisms for conformational changes at the molecular level.  


Henrik Birkedal and Mads Ry Jørgensen about DanMax. (Photo: David Castor, creative commons license)

2020.11.25 | iNano

Podcast with iNANO researchers on DanMax and high-energy radiation

Listen to Henrik Birkedal and Mads Ry Jørgensen tell about DanMax, a materials science beamline at MAX IV accelerator in Lund. Learn both how high-energy X-rays are made, how X-rays must be treated before you can use it, and not least what Danish researchers hope to be able to use the expensive device for. (In Danish)

Traditional Chinese medicine incorporated in nanoparticles as cure for Parkinson's disease. New results by Daniel Otzen and his research team. (Image: Colourbox)

2020.11.20 | iNano

Traditional Chinese medicine incorporated in nanoparticles as cure for Parkinson's disease

New findings by Professor Daniel Otzen and his research team show that baicalein, a traditional Chinese medicine, incorporated in nanoliposomes may protect against the destructive attacks by alpha-synuclein, which is the cause of Parkinson's disease. Read about the findings here on sciencenews.dk.

Associate Professor Alexander Zelikin (left) and Associate Professor Frans Mulder (right) receive grants from the Ministry of Education and Research to establish research collaborations with researchers from Israel and Japan, respectively.
(Photo: Colourbox, photos: Lars Kruse (Zelikin) and private (Mulder))

2020.11.20 | iNano

Researchers from iNANO and the Department of Chemistry establish research networks across continents

Researchers from Aarhus University look forward to building bridges with Japanese and Israeli researchers within molecular science, biomolecular design, and artificial biology. With grants from the Ministry of Education and Research, activities can be established that can kick-start the budding research collaboration across continents.

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