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The DANEMO Symposium features presentations by outstanding researchers from both EMBL and Denmark, representing the new research themes Planetary BiologyHuman Ecosystems, and Microbial Ecosystems in EMBL's new programme "Molecules to Ecosystems".

Further, learn more about the scientific facilities and funding opportunities offered to life scientists and students in Denmark by both EMBL and EMBO, and hear inspirational short talks by young researchers pursuing their research career at EMBL.

The DANEMO Symposium 2022 aims to encourage and strengthen collaborations between Danish researchers and EMBL research groups, and use of the many opportunities for research and career development that EMBL and EMBO has to offer. Also the DANEMO Fellowship for Collaborative Work to support scientific interactions with EMBL researchers and use of facillities will be highlighted.

Session 1 – Introducing EMBL, EMBO, and DANEMO


Brian Bech Nielsen
Rector, Aarhus University



Poul Nissen 
Professor, Dept. Molecular Biology and Genetics, DANDRITE, Aarhus University



Maria Polychronidou
Senior Editor, Molecular Systems Biology, & Training Coordinator, EMBO Press 

EMBO's funding and training opportunities


Erik Østergaard Jensen
Head of Dept. Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University



Edith Heard 
EMBL General Director

Introducing EMBL and the new strategic programme "Molecules to Ecosystems"

Session 2 – Presentation of EMBL Scientific Facilities on Imaging


Timo Zimmermann 
Team Leader
Light Microscopy Team, EMBL Imaging Centre

Introducing the EMBL Imaging Centre

Elizabeth Duke
Team Leader
Structural Biology Unit, EMBL Hamburg 

Introducing X-ray Imaging at EMBL Hamburg

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Liz Duke has a background in X-ray methods development for life science and has worked at synchrotron facilities for her entire career. After many years developing techniques, instrumentation and beamlines for macromolecular crystallography she realised that there were huge opportunities in the area of biological X-ray imaging. Initially she was involved in the development of cryo soft X-ray microscopy which is a technique for non-destructive 3D imaging of single cells. More recently her interest has been in developing and establishing techniques for hard X-ray imaging of soft biological tissues. This coincided with her move to EMBL Hamburg where she is establishing an X-ray imaging program using the EMBL beamline P14 on the Petra III synchrotron facility there. Currently her research is focussed on the development of high throughput X-ray imaging techniques with a particular emphasis on imaging “large” tissues samples. 

Session 3 - Planetary Ecosystems


Paola Bertucci
Scientific Expedition Manager of TREC
Developmental Biology Unit, EMBL Heidelberg


Jens-Christian Svenning
Dept. Biology, Section for Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity, Aarhus University

Lecture title: "Ecological Dynamics in a Novel Biosphere"

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Prof. Jens-Christian Svenning is the director of Center for Biodiversity Dynamics in a Changing World (BIOCHANGE). His research is centered on biodiversity and ecosystems, integrating “Big Data” ecology with field-based ecology, remote sensing and paleoecology and socio-ecological systems, and has joint focus on fundamental questions with applied research in climate change, alien invasions, conservation, rewilding and sustainability science. Prof. Svenning works on both plants and animals. His work is global in scope, with long-term research foci not only in Europe, but also in Latin America, Africa and East Asia.

Antton Alberdi Estibaritz
Associate Professor
Globe Institute, Section for Hologenomics, University of Copenhagen 

Lecture title: "A multi-layered approach to interactions between life forms across the globe"

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I am a molecular evolutionary ecologist interested in understanding how interactions between life forms (mainly animals and bacteria) affect ecological, evolutionary and applied processes. I use multi-omics to jointly analyse functional attributes of animal genomes and associated microbial metagenomes, to try to disentangle the complex interactions between them and understand the relevance of such an interplay for bacteria, animals and ecosystems.

Session 4 – Microbial Ecosystems


Nassos Typas
EMBL Group Leader
Systems Microbiology, Genome Biology Unit, EMBL Heidelberg 

Lecture title: "Probing the interface of drugs and human gut microbiome"

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The Typas group works at the interface of molecular microbiology and systems biology. They develop quantitative systems-based approaches to study bacterial cellular networks in the context of their interactions with the environment, other bacteria, the host or phages. They then combine this information with targeted molecular approaches to mechanistically dissect new bacterial gene functions and processes that manifest the interactions with their biotic and abiotic environments. The lab current interests lie on toxin-antitoxin systems, phage-bacteria interactions, antibiotics, and the human gut microbiome.


Simona Radutoiu
Associate Professor
Dept. Molecular Biology and Genetics, Section for Plant Molecular Biology, Aarhus University

Lecture title: "Microbial associations at the plant root-soil interface"

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Our research aims to understand how signalling between plant hosts and the associated microbes contributes to the establishment of beneficial ecological niches at the root-soil interface. We use plant and bacterial genetics, molecular tools and bioimaging to study contrasting associations (eubiosis versus dysbiosis) and microbial environments of increasing complexities (single microbes- tailored microbial consortia- soil complex microbiota) to provide a mechanistic understanding of how plants select and accommodate beneficial microbes. Our long-term goal is to provide solutions and tools for improving the ability of plants to benefit from these microbial interactions in sustainable crop production systems.


Lone Gram
Dept. Biotechnology and Biomedicine, Section for Microbial and Chemical Ecology, Center for Microbial Secondary Metabolites (CeMiSt), Technical University of Denmark 

Lecture title: "Role of microbial antibiotic molecules in microbial ecosystems"

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Lone leads a Center of excellence on microbial secondary metabolites (cemist.dtu.dk). She and her group has studied bacterial interactions and exploited these in food biopreservation and aquaculture biocontrol. Here, they have spear-headed work demonstrating that marine roseobacters producing the antimicrobial molecule, tropodithietic acid, are promising as fish larval probiotics. Lone joined the world-circumnavigating marine Galathea 3 expedition (2006-2007) and established a collection of marine bacteria producing bioactive molecules. They have found a range of novel molecules with antibiotic, antivirulence and immunomodulatory activities produced by these marine bacteria. Currently, they are focusing on unraveling the roles of these molecules, the microbial secondary metabolites with antibiotic activity, both in the producing microorganism and in natural microbiomes and ecosystems.


Mathias Middelboe
Dept. Biology,
Marine Biological Section, University of Copenhagen 

Lecture title: "Deep sea microbial ecosystems"

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My research interest and expertise is in virus-bacteria interactions in the marine environments and the role of viruses for microbial diversity, evolution and biogeochemical cycling. In the deep sea ecosystems, I study the diversity and distribution of viruses and prokaryotes and the effects of viral infections on benthic carbon and nutrient mineralization and the contribution of viruses to the functional properties of their bacterial host cells.


Søren Johannes Sørensen
Dept. Biology,
Section of Microbiology, University of Copenhagen

Lecture title: "The mobilome - the flexible genepool in complex microbial ecosystems"

Lars Peter Nielsen
Dept. Biology, Section for Microbiology, Center for Electromicrobiology (CEM), Aarhus University

Lecture title: "Cable bacteria – living electrical cables in the mud"

Session 5 – Human Ecosystems


Talya Dayton
Group Leader
Tissue Biology and Disease Modelling Unit, EMBL Barcelona 

Lecture title: "Organoid models of plasticity and differentiation in pulmonary neuroendocrine cells and cancers"

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Talya is a new Group Leader at the EMBL tissue biology and disease modeling unit in Barcelona, Spain. Her group develops 3D, in vitro organoid models of human tissue (airway/lung and patient tumors) to recapitulate developmental and cancer phenotypes of a specialized, hormone-producing cell type, the neuroendocrine cell. Talya has two broad areas of interest – development and cancer – and her research group wants to understand how these intersect and can be manipulated for patient benefit.


Trine Tramm
Clinical Associate Professor
Dept. Clinical Medicine, Section for Pathology, Aarhus University Hospital

Lecture title: "Identifying biomarkers for benefit of radiotherapy in breast cancer patients: combining tissue biobanks and national registries"

Kjetil Taskén
Director, Institute for Cancer Research, Oslo University Hospital
Group Leader, Dept. of Cancer Immunology
Professor Inst. Clin. Medicine, University of Oslo

Lecture title: "The Norwegian Cancer Precision Medicine Implementation Initiative – a prototype learning ecosystem for precision oncology"

Session 6 – Short talks by young researchers


Jasmina Al Mousawi
Current PhD student in Epigenetics, EMBL Rome

Previous student at University of Copenhagen

Lecture title: "Epigenetic mechanisms shaping embryonic gene expression"


Rasmus Kjeldsen Jensen Postdoctoral research fellow at Structural and Computational Biology Unit, at EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany.

Lecture title: "Visualizing the membrane proteome of Mycoplasma pneumoniae in situ"

Kenji Maeda
Senior Scientist, Danish Cancer Society Research Center, Copenhagen

Previous postdoc, EMBL Heidelberg


Thank you to the following for supporting the symposium:




The poster prize sponsor is the Danish Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Biokemisk Forening)