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Welcome to the Andersen Lab for Biomolecular Design

We design nano-scale devices using biomolecules as building blocks. Our research aims at understanding the fundamental principles of how biomolecules fold into unique and functional shapes and at using this insight to guide the design of novel nanoscale devices for both basic science and technological applications. This website provides an overview of our research group and our research and teaching activities.

Latest news

2019.06.12 | People

New PostDoc: Ewan McRae

On June 7th, our new PostDoc Ewan started in our group. He previously worked in Dr. Sean McKenna's lab at the University of Manitoba, where he investigated RNA G-quadruplexes and associated helicase proteins. In our group, he will work on single-particle cryo-EM analysis of RNA-protein complexes using RNA origami scaffolds.

2019.06.04 | People

Visitor from the Turberfield Lab: Joakim Bohlin

Currently, Joakin Bohlin, a PhD student from the Turberfield lab at Oxford University is visiting our lab. Joakim is a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher in the DNA robotics ITN. His focus is on modular assembly of DNA and RNA simulations.

2019.06.01 | Knowledge exchange

Comments for Ingeniøren

On the 1st of June, the technical news site Ingeniøren brought a news story about the achievement of producing synthetic E. coli (as described below). Ebbe Sloth Andersen was asked to comment on the findings.

2019.05.28 | Knowledge exchange

Ebbe Sloth Andersen comments on dr.dk news story

On May 15th, the scientific breakthrough of producing synthetic E. coli was published in Nature. It comes from the lab of Jason Chin (Cambridge), with the dane Julius Fredens as first author. The Danish news site Danmarks Radio (dr.dk) featured a news story about the findings, in which Ebbe Sloth Andersen commented on the amazing research.

2019.03.01 | People

New PhD student: Bente Kring Hansen

Bente starts an industrial PhD project in collaboration with Novo Nordisk with co-supervisor Vera Schramke. The project is funded by the Innovation Foundation Denmark.

Upcoming events

Mon 17 Jun
17:30-23:00 | Aarhus C
This years Lab BBQ will be held on the 17th of June. It is a recurrent event of our group held in the iNANO terrace and includes a large barbecue, good food, nice weather (hopefully!), and - of course - pleasent company. We are looking forward to spending a nice evening together.
Sun 23 Jun
08:00-16:00 | New York, USA
SEED 2019
On the 23rd of June, George, Ilenia, Guido, and Michael will attend the Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution & Design (SEED) conference in New York. SEED 2019 will focus on advances in science, technology, applications, and related investments in the field of synthetic biology.
Thu 27 Jun
08:00-16:00 | Bordeaux, France
Aptamers in Bordeaux 2019
For this years conference on Aptamers in Bordeaux, Adrien and Bente will attend. Aptamers in Bordeaux is an international conference on Aptamer Biology, Chemistry, Technologies & Therapeutics.
Fri 28 Jun
08:00-20:00 |
MBG annual meeting
Mon 05 Aug
08:00-16:00 | University of Washington, Seattle, USA
In the beginning of August, Cody will attend DNA25, which is a conference on DNA Computing and Molecular Programming held at the University of Washington, Seattle. Research in DNA computing and molecular programming draws together mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry, biology, and nanotechnology to address the analysis, design, and synthesis of information-based molecular systems. This annual meeting is the premiere forum where scientists with diverse backgrounds come together with the common purpose of using interdisciplinary approaches to advance molecular computation.
Fri 23 Aug
15:00-23:59 |
ST Summer Hangout 2019
ST Summer Hangout is an annual event held by Science and Technology (Aarhus University), where colleagues from all of ST compete against each other in activities such as dart, disc golf, "hit the nail", and volleyball. It also includes music, food, drinks, and "hygge". This year, Ebbe, Ilenia, Guido, Michael, Bente, and Adrien will join from the Andersen Lab.
Mon 02 Sep
00:00-00:00 | Stockholm
DNA-Robotics meeting Karolinska
Mon 07 Oct
09:00-17:00 | Copenhagen
Annual Meeting of the Danish RNA Society
Mon 08 Jun
14:06-14:06 |
DNA-Robotics workshop Rome
Wed 10 Jun
00:00-00:00 | Rome
FDN conference


The Andersen Lab is located at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark. We are also affiliated with the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.


The lab is currently funded by the European Research Council, the Independent Research Fund Denmark, the Novo Nordisk Foundation and the Innovation Fund Denmark. We are also part of the DNA-Robotics PhD school funded by the European Commission – Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.


You are welcome to contact Ebbe S. Andersen by phone or email if you are interested in working with us.

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