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 profiles at Aarhus University. 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 January 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. For more details and contact info see Ebbe's profiles at Aarhus University, LinkedIn, and Google Scholar.

Cody Geary


Cody started as a postdoctoral researcher in the Andersen lab in September 2012. From August 2015 to May 2016 he worked with Paul Rothemund at Caltech and then returned to the Andersen lab in June 2016. Currently out-stationed at Caltech he works on developing the next generation of RNA origami software. Cody did his undergraduate studies at Caltech and his PhD studies in the laboratory of Luc Jaeger at University of California Santa Barbara. For more details and contact info see Cody's profiles at Aarhus University, LinkedIn and Google Scholar

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. For more details and contact info see Mette's AU profile.

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.

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.

Adrien Boussebayle

Postdoc 2018-

Adrien Boussebayle started as a postdoctoral researcher in the Andersen Lab November 2018. He did his PhD studies in laboratory of Beatrix Suess as part of the MetaRNA PhD school. His main research focus is on selection procedures to develop novel sensor elements.

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 lab 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.

Néstor Sampedro

PhD student

Néstor Sampedro has been accepted for the DNA-Robotics PhD position in our lab by the Graduate School for Science and Technology (GSST). He will be part of the European network on DNA-based nanorobotics (DNA-Robotics) funded by the European Commission – Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.

Technical and administrative staff

Rita Rosendahl


Claus Bus


Rana Elahmad

Project economist


Steffen Møller Sparvath

BSc, PhD, and Postdoc 2010-2018

Steffen 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. He continued to worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the lab until 2018. Currently, he is working with Enterprise Risk Management as Risk Manager at Energinet. Steffen can be reached through LinkedIn, by phone (+45 21688818), or email (steffensparvath@gmail.com).

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. For more details and contact info see Ditte's AU profile.

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 research group of Finn Skou Pedersen at Aarhus University. For more details and contact info see Denis' AU profile.

Mads Jeppesen

Master student 2017-2018

Mads Jeppesen studied Nanoscience and did his Bachelor and Master thesis in the Andersen Lab. During his Masters project he was a 2018 Novo Scholarship recipient. He's worked on a de novo protein design project in collaboration between Per Junior Greisen at Novo Nordisk and Ingemar André from Lund University. His research interest are proteins and computational design of proteins. Mads Jeppesen can be reached on +4527623526 or by email at Madsjeppesennano@gmail.com.

Caroline Filippa Knabe

Master student 2015-2016

Solsten diagnostics


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.

Jakob Smidt

Bachelor student 2018

Jakob did his Bachelor project in the Andersen Lab in 2018.

  • 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

2018.05.04 | Positions

Postdoc position available on RNA-protein nanostructures for synthetic biology

We are looking for an expert to join a new research project on RNA-protein nanostructures for synthetic biology. The position is a 1-year postdoctoral position and is available from September 1st 2018. The application deadline is May 27th 2018.

2018.05.02 | People

Ilenia hired for RNA biosensor project

Ilenia Manuguerra has been hired for a period of 1.5 years for working on the RNA biosensor project funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

2018.05.01 | Positions

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.

2017.08.01 | Positions

PhD position in RNA nanotechnology

The project involves computer-aided design and simulations of folding kinetics, molecular biology techniques for cloning, expression and purification, and high-resolution biophysical characterization using e.g. cryo-electron microscopy at the Titan-Krios EM facility at Aarhus University. Application deadline June 15, 2017

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