Life Sciences

The selection of Life Sciences as a research theme within the framework at SDC is based on Danish-Chinese positions of strength and a common interest in investing and supporting research within the area. Life Sciences deals with two major subthemes, 1) Neuroscience and Cognition and 2) Omics.

Neuroscience and Cognition
The collaboration research collaboration between Denmark and China aims to combine Chinese and Danish scientific strongholds within neuroscience, cognition and technology.

Neuroscience is a traditional stronghold in Danish research. During the last decade, funnelled by rapid progress in scanning technologies, image processing and mathematical modelling, the use of neuroimaging techniques to study the human mind has grown dramatically. The physiological underpinnings of this development were originally discovered by Danish research groups in the 1970s. However, the introduction of functional brain imaging has expanded on the applicability and scope of such investigations. This has created a need for a new organisation of multidisciplinary research work and ‐culture and a strong sense of a common research identity in spite of differences in training.

Over the last 20 years, the Chinese Government has invested heavily in all areas of basic neuroscience as part of a major drive for excellence. New research institutions with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment have been established and elite Chinese and foreign scientists have been recruited back to China to participate in pushing future development.
Omics is a common term for a number of large scale analytical techniques for global assessment of the state of biological material. It can be subdivided in genomics, proteomics, glycomics, lipidomics and metabolomics.
Omics approaches are becoming increasingly important for biochemistry research and production such as the pharmaceutical and food industries. The approach first and foremost seeks to describe the full situation in a given biological system and therefore yields results that are not obtainable with traditional reductionist methods within the field of biochemistry or molecular biology.

Denmark has a strong research tradition within several omics disciplines. Research groups in glycomics, lipidomics  and membrane biophysics are present at the University of Southern Denmark, and a center for metabolomics  has been established at the Copenhagen University. Danish scientists within proteomics and have been pioneers in developing mass spectrometry based proteomics. Proteomics is now an important activity in most Danish Universities and all the activities are linked in a strong national network that also includes major Danish biotech and pharma companies, some of which have important activities in China.
Since the turn of the century the Chinese government has invested forcefully in establishing advanced research environments and now has state-of-the-art facilities, laboratories and equipment, as well as some of the most accomplished scientists in the world. The progression has been rapid, and in some fields, for instance genomics, the competences and equipment of the Chinese institutes are unmatched.

PhD students
SDC PhD students play an important role in the research collaboration. They all work with both a Danish and a Chinese supervisor, do research in both countries and contribute to teaching the Master’s programmes at SDC in Beijing. This close connection provides the PhD students with a unique opportunity to establish personal and professional relationships and bring Danish and Chinese research environments closer together.

Principal Coordinators

Peter Roepstorff
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Southern Denmark
Phone: +45 65 50 24 04
Mobile: +45 60 11 24 04
Ding Wenjun
Professor and Executive Dean
College of Life Sciences
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

To discuss proposals for research activities, which can strengthen SDC's activities within the research area or the related Master’s programmes, please contact the Principal Coordinators.

Master's programmes

PhD students

View Pernille Kronholm Rasmussen's profile at
Pernille Kronholm Rasmussen
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Southern Denmark
Topic: Investigating the functions of phylogenetically conserved ribosomal RNA modifications.
Starting date: 15 October 2017
See Malte Laustsen's profile at
Malte Laustsen
Center for Magnetic Resonance, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Prospecitve Motion Correction in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Starting date: 1 August 2017
View Signe Kirk Fruekilde's profile at
Signe Kirk Fruekilde
Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience, Aarhus University
Topic: The effect of neural activation, inflammation, and anesthesia on the capillary transit time heterogeneity in mice
Starting date: 1 September 2017
View Helle Frandsen's profile at
Helle Frandsen
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Southern Denmark
Topic: Plasticity of Beta-cells cultured in 3D culture conditions
Starting date: 1 August 2017
View Nick Yin Larsen's profile at
Nick Yin Larsen
Core Centre for Molecular Mophology, Aarhus University
Topic: Minicolumns and volume tensors of neurons in Brodmann Area 46 in human autopsy brains
Starting date: 1 March 2017
View Thomas Bouet Gulbæk Poulsens profile at
Thomas Bouet Guldbæk Poulsen
Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University
Topic: Triggers of autoimmune diseases with a focus on post-translational modifications
Starting date: 1 December 2016
View Rikke Linnemann Nielsen profile at
Rikke Linnemann Nielsen
Department of Bio and Health Informatics, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Big Data approaches for prediction of disease treatment efficacy and related outcomes
Starting date: 1 November 2016
View Jonas Olsen Dall's profile at
Jonas Olsen Dall
Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University
Topic: An investigation into the perceptual influence of prior information in the human cognitive system
Starting date: 1 February 2016
View Jesper Duemose Nielsen's profile at
Jesper Duemose Nielsen
Department of Applied Mathmatics and Computer Science, DTU
Topic: Developing and Validating Realistic Head Models for Forward Calculation of Electromagnetic Fields in EEG and MEG
Starting date: 15 October 2015
View Visse Theresia Skov Moestrup's profile at
Visse Theresia Skov Moestrup
Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience, Aarhus University
Topic: The effect of 'Compound X' on beta amyloid accumulations seen in Alzheimer's disease
Starting date: 1 August 2015
View Carsten Gleesborg's profile at
Carsten Gleesborg
Department of Clinical Medicine - Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience
Topic: Olfaction in depressed patients undergoing wake-therapy
Starting date: 1 February 2015
View Jan Ole Pedersen's profile at
Jan Ole Pedersen
DTU Elektro Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Encoding of non-MR Signals in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Data
Starting date: 1 December 2014