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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.


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. If you are interested in working with us please contact Ebbe S. Andersen by phone or email.

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The lab is currently funded by:

  • An Interdisciplinary Synergy grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation for the project "COFOLD - Co-transcriptional folding for RNA medicine and synthetic biology"
  • An Ascending Investigator Grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation for the project "RNA-based platform for metabolic pathway engineering"
  • A grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation for the project "Genetically encoded RNA-based FRET biosensors for improving production strains of valuable small molecules and recombinant proteins"
  • A Research Project 1 grant from the Independent Research Fund Denmark for the project "Cryo-EM analysis of RNA-protein complexes using RNA origami scaffolds"
  • An equipment grant from the Carlsberg Foundation for the project "Optimization of Cryo-EM characterization pipeline for biomolecular nanostructures"
  • A grant from the Innovation Fund Denmark for the PhD project "Developing fluorescent aptamer sensors for high-throughput screening of secretory phenotypes in droplets"
  • A grant from the European Commission – Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions supporting the DNA Robotics PhD school and the PhD project "RNA-based modules DNA nanorobots"

The lab was previously funded by:

  • A Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council for the project "RNA ORIGAMI: RNA-protein Nanostructures for Synthetic Biology"