News from the Department

  • Ruminants’ Genes are a Treasure Trove


    A new large-scaled research project has mapped the genome of 44 ruminant species - a group of animals that have intrigued researchers for years because of their biological diversity and their huge importance as domestic animals. The project gives valuable new insights on how genetic adjustments through evolution have rendered the ruminants one of the most successful groups of animals on the planet. The results have recently been published in three articles in the acknowledged scientific journal Science. »

  • More fragrant Arctic with stressed plants


    Almost all plant species naturally produce a scent. This scent is typically a diverse blend of small molecules that evaporate easily. These plant scents (also called volatiles) perform a remarkable range of functions from repelling or attracting insects to being key constraints of the physical and chemical properties of the atmosphere and climate. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have studied the effect of climate warming and increased insect activity on the release of plant volatiles to the atmosphere in the Arctic. The seminal results are now published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Plants. »

  • Plant stem cells require low oxygen levels


    Joint Danish, Italian and German efforts reveal that low oxygen is required for proper development of plants. Their discovery is now published in the international scientific journal NATURE »

  • Novo Nordisk Foundation is focusing on biological research


    The Novo Nordisk Foundation has again invested several million in biological research at the Department of Biology. This time, five prominent research leaders each receives the attractive Investigator grant, allowing them to continue and deepen their research areas. It is research that covers a wide range of biology - from DNA and RNA to sustainable crops, diabetes and obesity research. »

  • Researchers develop effective method to diagnose pancreatic cancer


    Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal cancer types. Only eight percent of patients survive 5 years after diagnosis. This is partly due to a shortage of symptoms during the cancer’s earliest stages. Once identified, pancreatic cancer is often so advanced that it becomes incurable. »

  • Two Villum Investigator grants to professors at Department of Biology


    Two professors at Department of Biology (and the National History Museum of Denmark) each just received the prestigious Investigator grant from the Villum Foundation. »

  • A mating war in diving beetles has stopped the evolution of species


    In nature, males eager attempts to mate with females can be so extreme that they will harm females. Such negative impact of mating interactions has been suggested to promote the emergence of new species under some circumstances. Surprisingly, one type of diving beetle species now show that this conflict between the sexes can instead lead to an evolutionary standstill in which mating enhancing traits in males and counter-adaptations in females prevent the formation of new species.   »

  • Novo Nordisk Foundation strengthens protein research at the Department of Biology


    Two professors from the University of Copenhagen have each been awarded one of the foundation’s six large Challenge programme grants, and at the same time received funding to ensure that their research can proceed using the most advanced research equipment. Combined, the grants amount to DKK 150 million (20 million Euros). »

  • Two Sapere Aude: DFF Starting Grants


    Two young scientists from Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen receive the prestigious Sapere Aude Starting Grant from the Independent Research Fund Denmark. Associate Professor Sine Lo Svenningsen is a molecular biologist investigating microbial genetics, and Assistant Professor Rasmus Heller investigates genetics, evolution and biodiversity of large mammals. »

  • Lundbeck Fellows 2018 Amelie Stein, Biomolecular Sciences


    Amelie Stein, Assistant Professor in the section for Biomolecular Sciences, is one of the 5 recipients of the 2018 Lundbeck Foundation Fellowship, which will support each Fellow’s research for 5 years with 10mDKK.   »