This site is dedicated to our advisors, who have helped us a lot during the entire project.
Ann Zahle Andersen
I am a post.doc at the microbiology group of the department of biochemistry and molecular biology at SDU. I have a past in systems biology and mathematical modeling, but am currently researching in the field of food microbiology.
I was introduced to the iGEM team in May and immediately saw great potential. Therefore I am truly honored to be an instructor on their project and look forward to lots of fun and good science over the summer.
This is my second year participating as an advisor for the SDU iGEM team. I am very pleased to see growing interest in the students who seek to educate themselves in this new field of synthetic biology. And their initiative in pursuing high-risk projects warms my heart. I am so pleased with the degree of success they have achieved due to their hard work, creativity and relentless determination. I think I have learned more from their example then they have learned from me. As an associate professor at SDU, I am primarily interested in developing laboratory models of complex systems that have life like properties. This is done through my participation in the research center called FLinT (fundamental living technology). Currently my research lies in physics and chemistry, but my interests are based in biology and evolution.
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Southern Denmark. I am interested in the molecular mechanisms by which pathogenic strains of Escherichia coli cause disease. In my group, we aim to identify bacterial virulence factors and further characterize the molecular cross-talk taking place at the host-pathogen interface during infection. In this framework the C. elegans model organism is used extensively for both genetic and proteomic analyses of bacterial infection. As a supporter throughout the summer I have become truly impressed by the SDU iGEM team enthusiasm and genuine interest in science. They really make things happen, both in the lab and outside!
Julian C. Shillcock
Associate Professor, Department of physics and chemistry, University of Southern Denmark. The aim of my research is to construct a computational model of a living cell that has predictive power for problems of biological interest on length and time scales of microns and milliseconds to seconds.
This includes biophysical processes such as:
• Optimizing a drug delivery vehicle for delivering its payload to membrane-bound receptors
• Signal transduction from the plasma membrane to the nucleus via motor-assisted transport vesicles
• Pattern formation of receptors in the cell membrane
• Sensitivity analysis of signalling networks in the presence of nanoparticles
• Nanoparticles interacting with the plasma membrane
• Engulfment of foreign objects into a cell
The techniques I use are particle-based simulation methods such as Dissipative Particle Dynamics, Brownian dynamics, Molecular Dynamics, and theoretical tools such as reaction-diffusion equations, non-linear differential equations.
Janni Vester Bjerrum
I am doing my master thesis with Jakob Møller-Jensen in the microbiology group of the department of biochemistry and molecular biology at SDU in Odense.
My research is focused on discovering sRNA’s from the pathogenic adherent-invasive E. coli involved in Crohn’s disease in order to identify the ones that are involved in bacterial virulence. I work with the nematode C. elegans as a modelorganism for the human gastrointestinal tract.
I was introduced to iGEM as the 2009 SDU team was my lab neighbour which I bitched and moaned about because they were jabbering, taking up all the lab space and “borrowing” my stuff without returning it. I guess I was asked to be part of the iGEM this year so that I could no longer bitch and moan but rather be responsible for the team's interplay with the other people in the lab. Jokes aside, I hope to bring knowledge and lab experience to the team and I am very excited about working with this very diverse group of people and look forward to all the science we are going to make and all the fun we are going to have, although there has been a serious lack of cake!
Mike Stein Barnkob
It's been fun to be an advisor for the 2010 SDU-Denmark iGEM team. I participated as a student in 2009, and am glad to have been able to help this years team.
When I am not busy working on the iGEM project, I spend time studying medicine, playing with LEGOs and curing cancer.
I am presently working on my master thesis in biochemistry and molecular biology. My thesis is concerning methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus and new possible treatments counteracting widespread antibiotic resistance.
I also participated in last year's iGEM competition on team SDU-Denmark. This year, I'm back as an instructor which has been exactly as much fun as being a student. I wish my team all the best during the competition.
I'm a PhD student at SDU Department of Physics and Chemistry. I remember from my younger years when I was a master student in biotechnology taht I read about the iGEM competition and wishing to be a part of it. Unfortunately, at that time there was no team at my university. I see now that participating in the iGEM competition as an advisor is just as exciting as being an iGEM student.
All of our experiments were carried out in the laboratories of
- Microbiology, Department of Biochemistry and molecular biology, University of Southern Denmark
- Center for Fundamental Living Technology (FLinT), Department of phycics and chemistry, University of Southern Denmark
- Unisensor A/S
University of Southern Denmark has more than 20,000 students and more than 4,000 employees. The university offers teaching and research at 6 campuses situated on Funen, in the south of Jutland, west of Zealand and in the capital city – in Odense, Kolding, Esbjerg, Sønderborg, Slagelse and Copenhagen.
University of Southern Denmark has created an institution of higher research and education which provides first-class educational opportunities and is cooperation partner for both public and private businesses and organisations for providing qualified labour.
The students of our team are studying at two diffent faculties:
Faculty of Science
Learning is hands-on at the Faculty of Science, where modern laboratories and an emphasis on fieldwork give you the opportunity to put theory into practice. The Faculty’s wide-ranging expertise, which includes research areas such as biotechnology and nanotechnology, offers you the chance to explore your area of interest alongside leading international specialists. Science is alive – it moves and speeds up the world. Science is alive because it is developed by engaged researchers in vivid settings and surroundings. The researchers of Science conduct research in first life on earth, synthetic biology, medicinal products of the future and of course proteomics, where University of Southern Denmark is in the top-class of the world.
Faculty of Health Sciences
One of only three in Denmark, the Faculty of Health Sciences enjoys close cooperation with Odense University Hospital, industry and experts across the world. The Faculty’s expertise in public health offers students and researchers a first-class learning environment and the opportunity to play a key role in the treatment and prevention of disease.University of Southern Denmark has a strong image when it comes to health science research, education and communication. We take part in securing quality and development in the entire region of Southern Denmark. Consequently our research must reflect the future challenges of the hospital and health system. Our students are provided with qualifications and competencies in a way that makes it possible for them to meet these new challenges.
All of our wonderful advisors and instructors. We certainly couldn't have done it without them!