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

Kim Ryun Drasbek
Associate professor
Department of Clinical Medicine
Aarhus University

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.
Ding Wenjun
Professor and Executive Dean
College of Life Sciences
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Master's programmes

PhD students

View Jacob Skallerup Andersen's profile at
Jacob Skallerup Andersen
Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University
Topic: Personalized Medicine in Rheumatic Autoimmune Diseases
Starting date: 1 December 2020
View Lasse Knudsen's profile at
Lasse Knudsen
Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University
Topic: Validation of layer-dependent fMRI in M1 and its application in ALS patients
Starting date: 1 November 2020
View Martin Nørmark Thesbjerg's profile at
Martin Nørmark Thesbjerg
Department of Food Science - Food Chemistry and Technology, Aarhus University
Topic: A cross-cultural, cross-species study of protein and peptide posttranslational modifications and phospholipids in Danish and Chinese milks
Starting date: 1 November 2020
View Andreas Fønss Møller's profile at
Andreas Fønss Møller
Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Southern Denmark
Topic: Integrative machine learning analysis of single-cell and spatial transcriptomics during embryonic development.
Starting date: 1 August 2020
View Rasmus West Knopper's profile at
Rasmus West Knopper
Department for Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University
Topic: Locus coeruleus: The master switch for brain health?
Starting date: 1 December 2020
View Christopher Aboo's profile at
Christopher Aboo
Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University
Topic: Personalized medicine for neuropathies using multi-omics integration
Starting date: 1 December 2019
View Thomas Beck Lindhardt' profile at
Thomas Beck Lindhardt
Center of functionally Integrative Neuroscience, Aarhus University
Topic: The neurophysiology of sleep: awake animal MRI of the glymphatic system
Starting date: 1 December 2019
View Joel Mario Vej-Nielsen's profile at
Joel Mario Vej-Nielsen
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, SDU
Topic: The molecular basis for age-related loss of regenerative properties in skeletal muscle stem cells.
Starting date: 1 October 2019
View Azra Karamehmedovic' profile at
Azra Karamehmedovic
Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University
Topic: Precision Medicine for Neonatal Sepsis – from piglets to infants
Starting date: 1 March 2019
View Anna-Lisa Schaap-Johansen's profile at
Anna-Lisa Schaap-Johansen
Department of Health Technology, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Cancer Neoepitope Prediction by Deep Learning
Starting date: 1 December 2018
View Aurore Zelazny's profile at
Aurore Zelazny
Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University
Topic: The effect of semantics on perception: synaesthesia, multisensory perception and food experience
Starting date: 10 October 2018
View Frodi Gregersen's profile at
Frodi Gregersen
Department of Electrical Engineering, DTU
Topic: Mapping of current-induced magnetic fields in the human brain using ultrahigh field magnetic resonance imaging
Starting date: 1 September 2018
View Katrine Overgaard Poulsen's profile at
Katrine Overgaard Poulsen
Department of Food Science, Aarhus University
Topic: Human milk-omics - effects of milk components on infant metabolism and gut microbial colonization
Starting date: 1 August 2018
View Katrine Tang Stenz' profile at
Katrine Tang Stenz
Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience, Aarhus University
Topic: Beneficial effects of remote ischemic conditioning and blood flow restricted exercise in stroke
Starting date: 1 Maj 2018
View Jacob Mathias Bech's profile at
Jacob Mathias Bech
Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen
Topic: Arresting the Carcinogenic Process in Premalignant Colorectal Lesions with Targeted Drugs
Starting date: 31 December 2017
View Deniss Petrovs' profile at
Deniss Petrovs
Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine, DTU Bioengineering
Topic: Discovery and Characteri- zation of Carbohydrate-Active Enzymes from Gastrointestinal Tract Resident Bacteria
Starting date: 1 December 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 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