The above picture of the group was taken April 2018. We are currently 7 Postdocs, 2 PhD students, and 1 MSc student in the lab. Below you can find an overview of the current lab members with links to their personal AU profiles (click the photos). A list of lab alumni is available at the bottom of the page. Photo by Lisbeth Heilesen.

Members of the lab

Ebbe Sloth Andersen

Associate Professor

Ebbe Sloth Andersen has been head of the Biomolecular Design group since 2012. He obtained his PhD degree at Aarhus University in 2006, was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for DNA nanotechnology (CDNA) at Aarhus University, and has been a visiting associate at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) working with Paul Rothemund the inventor of the DNA origami method. Ebbe can be reached by phone at +45 41178619 or by email at esa@inano.au.dk.

Cody Geary


Mette Jepsen


Mette has been a postdoctoral researcher in the Andersen lab since the beginning of 2015. She got her Master's degree at the institute of Physics and Nanotechnology, University of Aalborg under the supervision of Meg Duroux. She finished her PhD in 2014, which she did in the groups of Jørgen Kjems and Victoria Birkedal at iNANO, Aarhus University, working on single molecule FRET studies of DNA and RNA nanostructures. In the Andersen lab, her main focus is to develop RNA sensors that detect small molecules. Mette can be reached by phone at +45 87156746 or by email at mettebj@inano.au.dk.

Guido Grossi


Guido Grossi is a postdoctoral researcher in the Andersen Lab since September 2016, where he also did his PhD study as part of the EscoDNA PhD school from September 2013. He studied biotechnology at Parma University, Italy. His research interests include DNA and RNA nanotechnology, genetic engineering, and synthetic biology. Guido can be reached by phone at +45 87156747 or by email at ggrossi@inano.au.dk.

Steffen Møller Sparvath


Steffen has been working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Andersen Lab since April 2017. He studied nanoscience at iNANO and did his BSc project in the group of Jørgen Kjems under the supervision of Ebbe S. Andersen, and was part of the 2011 BIOMOD team 'Danish Nano Artists'. The team developed an RNA structure with intrinsic siRNAs and the project won the Grand Prize. Steffen was a PhD student in the Andersen Lab from 2012 to 2017, where he worked on DNA and RNA origami structures and biosensors. Steffen can be reached by phone at +45 21688818 and by email at sparvath@inano.au.dk.

Ilenia Manuguerra


Ilenia Manuguerra is a postdoctoral researcher in the Andersen Lab since April 2017. Ilenia did her PhD study in the laboratory of Kurt Gothelf as part of the European ITN EscoDNA, where she developed new DNA architectures and a DNA origami-aided gene synthesis method. Her research interests include DNA and RNA nanotechnology, genetic engineering, in vivo and in vitro selection of biomolecules, and sensor development. Ilenia can be reached by email at ilenia@inano.au.dk.

George Pothoulakis


George Pothoulakis is a postdoctoral researcher in the Andersen Lab since October 2017. George obtained his PhD in Bioengineering at Imperial College London during his time in the lab of Dr Tom Ellis. His research interests revolve around the fields of synthetic biology and genetic engineering and is now working on in vivo applications of RNA origami structures. George can be reached by phone at +45 50279085 or by email at gpoth@inano.au.dk.

Andreas Bøggild


Andreas Bøggild started as a postdoctoral researcher in the Andersen Lab in the fall of 2017. He did his PhD studies at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, AU, finishing in 2012. His main focus is structural characterisation of biomolecules, coming from a background in crystallography and currently working with single particle EM. Andreas can be reached by phone at +45 23721981 or by email at anbog@inano.au.dk.

Ane Andreassen

PhD student

Ane is doing her PhD study in nanoscience in the Andersen lab in close collaboration with the C. elegans lab of Anders Olsen at Aalborg University. Ane’s interest lie within the field of synthetic and systems biology. Ane also did her Master thesis in the Andersen and obtained her Master degree in molecular biology in 2015. Ane got her Bachelors degree in molecular biology in the group of Jørgen Kjems as a member of the team that participated in the 2013 BIOMOD competition at Harvard University. 

Michael Truong-Giang Nguyen

PhD student

Michael started his PhD studies in the Andersen lab in February 2017. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology from Aarhus University in 2015 and was a research intern in the lab of prof. David James at the University of Sydney in 2016. His research interests are in the areas of RNA nanotechnology, non-coding RNA biology and synthetic biology.

Mads Jeppesen

MSc student

Mads Jeppesen is a MSc student in Nanoscience and a 2018 Novo Scholarship recipient. He's currently working on de novo protein design. The project is a collaboration between Per Junior Greisen at Novo Nordisk and Ingemar André from Lund. His research interest are proteins and computational design of proteins. Mads Jeppesen can be reached on +4527623526 or by email at Madsjeppesennano@gmail.com.

Jakob Smidt

Bachelor student

Technical and administrative staff

Rita Rosendahl


Claus Bus


Katrine Rahbek Thorup

Project economist


Ditte Engholm

PhD student, 2015-2017

Ditte has a background in molecular biology working with nervous system development. She changed field completely and worked on a project where she visualized the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae in watercolor paintings and computer illustrations. Following her graduation, Ditte stayed at iNANO as a maternity cover for the PhD administrator for one year. Currently, she works in the group of Professor Kurt Gothelf as a center administrator.

Denis Selnihhin

PhD student, 2012-2015

During his PhD studies, Denis developed a single-molecule biosensor device using the DNA origami method. The sensor is a sophisticated nanomechanical device that can be used to detect small oligos in concentrations down to 100 pM. The biosensor exploits arrays of donor and acceptor fluorophores that results in a high intensity output signal, which allows single-device detection using a standard microscope.​ Denis is currently a postdoc in the group at Aarhus University working on.

Maria Færch Jensen

BSc and MSc student, 2014-2016

Maria did her BSc project in the Andersen Lab as part of the 2014 BIOMOD team 'Detector Gadget' that worked on developing a broad dynamic range sensor based on RNA aptamers. As a MSc student she worked with expression of fluorescent RNA-based biosensors in E.coli. She currently works as a supporter at Novo Nordisk.

  • Daniel Miotto Dupont, Postdoc
  • Caroline, MSc
  • Simon Fruergaard, AC-Bachelor
  • Peter Loof, BSc
  • Tenna Henriksen, BSc
  • Daniel Svane, BSc
  • Nadja, visiting student
  • Ruchir, visiting student

People news

2018.05.01 | People

PhD position available on RNA robotics

We have a PhD position available on RNA robotics with application deadline on May 1, 2018. The PhD position is part of an European PhD school on DNA-Robotics that aims at constructing modules for advanced molecular robotics of the future.

2018.04.01 | People

Postdoc position available on RNA biosensors

We are seeking an expert to work on RNA-based biosensors for applications in metabolic engineering - a project funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. Deadline for applications are April 2, 2018.

2018.03.01 | People

Andreas Bøggild hired

Andreas Bøggild has been hired for working on cryo-EM characterization of RNA origami structures for a period of 3 years.

2017.09.01 | People

Welcome to George Pothoulakis

George Pothoulakis was hired as Postdoc in the lab to work on synthetic biology applications of RNA origami structures. George did his PhD in the laboratory of Tom Ellis at Kings College London.