Sine Lo Svenningsen

Sine Lo Svenningsen

Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae for Sine Lo Svenningsen

Scientific profile

Molecular microbiologist focused on post-transcriptional gene regulation. Combines techniques from molecular biology, genetics, growth physiology and mathematical modelling to address fundamental questions in gene regulation, especially concerning RNA-centered regulatory mechanisms. Current focus on how bacteria use gene regulation dynamically to adapt to suboptimal conditions.



  • 2008: Ph.D. Molecular biology, Princeton University, USA (November 6, 2008).
  • 2005: M.A. Molecular biology, Princeton University, USA.
  • 2003: Cand.Scient. Biology, UCPH, Denmark.
  • 2001: B.Sc. Biology, UCPH, Denmark.


  • February 1, 2012-current: Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen. Periods of leave in 2012, 2013 and 2015.
  • 2009-2012: FREJA tenure-track fellow, awarded by the Faculty of Science. Dept. of Biology, UCPH.
  • 2008: Postdoctoral fellow, Dept. of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Ottawa, Canada, Prof. Thien-Fah Mah group.
  • 2004-2008: PhD-student, Dept. of Molecular Biology, Princeton University, USA, Prof. Bonnie Bassler group.
  • 2001-2002: Visiting Scientist, National Cancer Institute, NIH, USA, Dr. Sankar Adhya group.


Awards and Research grants

  • Sapere Aude Research Grant, 2019-2022. Independent Research Fund Denmark. PI.
  • Research Grant, 2018-2021. Independent Research Fund Denmark, PI.
  • Center of Excellence for Bacterial Stress Response and Persistence, 2015-2019. One of six co-applicants.
  • Research Grant, 2013-2015, The Danish Council for Independent Research, FNU. PI.
  • Research grant 2013-2015, The Lundbeck Foundation. Co-applicant.
  • Research Grant, 2011-2012, The Novo Nordisk Foundation. PI.
  • Research Grant 2010-2012, The Danish Council for Independent Research, FNU. PI.
  • Equipment Grant 2012. The Carlsberg Foundation. PI
  • FREJA 2-year fellowship. Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. 2009.
  • Student travel grant award from the American Society for Microbiology. 2008.
  • Leschly Family Foundation Fellowship. 2004.
  • Full scholarship to attend the 5-year Ph.D. program at Princeton University, awarded by the Dept. of Molecular Biology, Princeton University. 2003-2008.


Positions of Trust and Academic Service Work

  • Member of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Committee on Interdisciplinary Research
  • Editorial Board member for Nature’s Scientific Reports
  • Danish RNA Society, member of the board. 2016-current
  • Danish Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Member of the board 2010-2013.
  • Appointed member of the Strategic Research Committee of the Dept. of Biology, UCPH. 2012-2016.
  • Organized four symposia on Women in Science. 2013-2016.
  • Organized two PhD courses on Meritocracy in Academia. 2015, 2016.
  • Grant reviewer (US-Israel Binational Science Foundation, Austrian Science Fund (FWF).
  • Reviewer for scientific journals (eLife, ISME J, and others).


Recent Talks

  • Conflict and Cooperation in Cellular Systems, Bangalore, India, 2020.
  • Lambda Lunch seminar series, National Institututes of Health, 2019.
  • Molecular Advances in Bacterial Communication, Princeton University, 2019.
  • 5th Meeting of Regulating with RNA in Bacteria & Archaea, Spain, 2018.
  • Annual meeting of the Danish RNA Society, Denmark, 2018.
  • EMBO-EMBL symposium on New Approaches and Concepts in Microbiology, Germany, 2017.
  • Discussion meeting on Conflict and Cooperation in Cellular Populations, India, 2016.
  • Gordon Research Conference on Microbial Stress Response, Massachusetts, US, 2016.


  • Course coordinator and teacher, Dynamical models in molecular biology, University of Copenhagen, graduate level course in quantitative biology. 2017-current.
  • Course coordinator and teacher, Biological Dynamics, University of Copenhagen, graduate level course in quantitative biology. 2010-2016.
  • Lecturer, "Almen Molekylærbiologi" (general molecular biology), University of Copenhagen, 2014-current.
  • Lecturer, Molecular Microbiology, University of Copenhagen, 2016-current.

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