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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

2021.07.06 | People

New PhD student: Martin Gobry

Martin did his Master studies at University of Strasbourg. He will start in our lab from August 27 doing his PhD studies as part of the project "RNA-based platform for metabolic pathway engineering" funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

2021.06.21 | Awards

Danish polymer prize

Ebbe receives the Danish polymer prize (Elastyrenprisen) from the Danish Academy for Technical Sciences (ATV).

2021.05.10 | Publication, Software

Research paper: RNA origami software and scaffolds

Cody's paper published online in Nature Chemistry describing novel software and its use to create bigger and better scaffolds for proteins. Great contributions by Guido and Ewan and done in collaboration with Paul Rothemund. Free SharedIt link above.

2021.04.26 | Publication

Research paper: Enhanced RNA origami anticoagulant

Together with our collaborators in the Thom LaBean lab we have published a new paper on enhanced RNA origami anticoagulants.

2021.04.12 | Positions

PhD position: RNA scaffolds for metabolic engineering

We have a PhD position available for joining the "RNA-based platform for metabolic pathway engineering" project funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. This is your chance to help us develop the future of RNA synthetic biology! Deadline for applications is May 1st.

Upcoming events

Tue 26 Oct
08:00-08:00 | Beijing, China
China Nano 2021
Ebbe will give a talk on RNA origami at the China Nano 2021 conference in Beijing (online).
Mon 04 Apr
17:10-17:12 | Aarhus
Science Visualization Course 2022
Mon 15 Aug
12:00-12:00 | Aarhus, Denmark
Artificial Biology Conference 2022
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 ArtBio conference provides a 3-day forum for topical discussions between world-renowned scientists and researchers at different stages of their carrier.

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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 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"