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 Caroline Vangsøe's profile at

Caroline Vangsøe

Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience, Aarhus University

Topic: The Cytoprotective Effective of Conditioned Extracellular Vesicles in Stroke

Starting date: 1 December 2023

View Bianka Rumi's profile at

Bianka Rumi

DTU Compute, Technical University of Denmark

Topic: Investigating brain networks affected by TMS approaches in psychiatric disorders

Starting date: 1 November 2023

View Magnus Tudsborg Frantzen's profile at

Magnus Tudsborg Frantzen

Department of Chemistry and Bioscience at Aalborg University

Topic: Molecular mechanism of calcium dyshomeostasis in dopaminergic neurons

Starting date: 1 December 2022

View Camilla Termansen Erichsen's profile at

Camilla Termansen Erichsen

Department of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University

Topic: Mechanisms behind cognitive symptoms in schizophrenia and depression

Starting date: 1 November 2022

View Lara Marziani's profile at

Lara Marziani

Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience, Aarhus University

Topic: Effect of remote ischemic conditioning (RIC) miRNAs in stroke models

Starting date: 1 November 2022

View Irene Delgado Alonso's profile at

Irene Delgado Alonso

Department of Chemistry and Bioscience at Aalborg University

Topic: Development of antibodies as tools for combating viral infections and beyond

Starting date: 1 October 2022

View Magnus Haraldson Høie's profile at

Magnus Haraldson Høie

Department of Health Technology, Bioinformatics section, DTU

Topic: Immunological binding and vaccine design using protein language models

Starting date: 1 September 2021

View Ole Borup Svendsen's profile at

Ole Borup Svendsen

Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University

Topic: The microstructural organization of OFC top-down connectivity and its functional association to OCD

Starting date: 1 September 2021

View Kamilla Ankær Brejndal's profile at

Kamilla Ankær Brejndal

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, SDU

Topic: Molecular mechanisms of the Klebsiella CrrA/CrrB two-component system leading to aquasition of colistin resistance

Starting date: 1 September 2021

View Jannik Nicklas Eliasen's profile at

Jannik Nicklas Eliasen

Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen

Topic: Explore neuronal activity of psychedelics which underlie the therapeutic effects in mental disorders.

Starting date: 31 December 2020

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 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 Luciano de Oliveira Souza's profile at

Luciano de Oliveira Souza

Department Of Drug Design and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen

Topic: Identification of a predictive omics signature for taxane resistance in prostate cancer

Starting date: 31 December 2019

View Jefferson Novaes Gomes's profile at

Jefferson Novaes Gomes

Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, the University of Copenhagen

Topic: Opioids and the Mesopontine Cholinergic Nuclei: Explorations of a new target for combating opioid addiction.

Starting date: 1 December 2019

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