Research Interests


The group ambition is to contribute to a systemic biological understanding of the fundamental processes of molds and yeasts and use our insights for developing cell factories for the production of pharmaceuticals, food additives using synthetic biological tools. A focus area is to exploit biodiversity to find and characterize new fungal bioactive molecules and identify the relevant genes and transfer them to our cell factories for further characterization. The group help develop new (or improved) methods to produce chemicals with activities ranging from antibiotics and anti-cancer drugs to flavoring and coloring agents, and thus contributing to improving people's health and quality of life.

Prof. Uffe Mortensen

About the Lab


The lab currently consists of a professor emeritus, an assistant professor, a post doc, and seven PhD students. The focus of the PacMEN project performed in this group concerns improvement of vanillin glucoside production via synthetic biology based tools.


The group activities are naturally linked to the biotech and clean tech industry. The development of new and improved production systems helps drive an industrial switch from the use of polluting petrochemicals to a more sustainable use of cell factories.


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