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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.  

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Sustainable state-of-the-art upgrade of the Danish Center for Ultrahigh-Field NMR Spectroscopy.

Thomas Vosegaard, Jørgen Skibsted, Niels Christian Nielsen, and Frans Mulder receive DKK 15 million for upgrading Nothern Europe’s most powerful NMR instrument and magnet. (Photo: AU Photo)

With a grant of DKK 15 million from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Thomas Vosegaard (Professor and iNANO Director) and co-applicants will be able to upgrade Northern Europe’s most powerful NMR instrument, and the existing hardware will be reused for a sustainable upgrade of other in-house NMR instruments. Additionally, the grant makes it possible to waive a number of external user access fees to the facilities.

Villum Synergy grants for data-driven projects at Aarhus University

Niels Christian Nielsen and Henrik Birkedal each receive a Villum Synergy grant for data-driven projects. (Photos: Lars Kruse and Lise Balsby, respectively)

Prof. Niels Christian Nielsen and Prof. Henrik Birkedal from Department of Chemistry and iNANO each receive a Villum Synergy grant for their data-driven interdisciplinary research projects. Their research projects are based on data science within optimizing sensitivity in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and improving the analysis of 3D imaging data, respectively.

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