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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

2019.06.23 | Events

Group picture 2019

A group picture was taken at the lab BBQ by Denis Selnihhin.

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.

Upcoming events

Thu 22 Aug
18:30-22:00 | Aarhus
DHL Relay Race
The lab is participating in the 5x5 km relay race in Mindeparken.
Fri 23 Aug
15:00-23:59 | Aarhus
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, Nestor, Ewan, and Adrien will join from the Andersen Lab.
Mon 02 Sep
00:00-00:00 | Stockholm
DNA-Robotics meeting Karolinska
Nestor will participate in the Stockholm summer school.
Mon 07 Oct
09:00-17:00 | Copenhagen
Annual Meeting of the Danish RNA Society
Ebbe will give a talk at the Annual Meeting of the Danish RNA Society
Mon 08 Jun
12:00-12:00 | Rome
DNA-Robotics workshop Rome
As part of the DNA Robotics PhD school Nestor will participate in the workshop in Rome.
Wed 10 Jun
00:00-00:00 | Rome
FDN 2020
The fourth Functional DNA Nanotechnology workshop will be held in Rome from 10 to 12 of June 2020. The objective of the workshop is to share knowledge and ideas in an informal environment about functional DNA nanotechnology (nanostructures, DNA origami, etc), bioengineering, synthetic biology, DNA-based sensing, aptamers, and DNA-peptide chimera.
Mon 15 Jun
12:00-15:08 | Aarhus
Artificial Biology Conference
ArtBio2020 aims to provide a 3-day forum for topical discussions between world-renowned scientists and researchers at different stages of their carrier. Artificial biology is an exciting, fundamental discipline that aims to mimic and/or reconstruct the structure and the function of native biomolecules and small life forms – using non-biological building blocks.


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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