Søren Molin

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability
Technical University of Denmark,  Kgs Lyungby, Denmark

Søren Molin earned a Master Degree (1972) and a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Copenhagen (1979), he was Assistant and Associate Professor until 1983 when he became Full Professor of Microbiology at the Department of Systems Biology at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). From 2011-2015 he was Professor and Scientific Section Director, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, DTU, and since 2016 he is Professor and Group Leader at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, Technical University of Denmark. In March 2018 he stepped down as full professor and entered a part-time contract with DTU Biosustain.

Dr. Molin was Member in the Forskningsrådet for Natur og University (Danish Natural Science Research Council). He is Member of Danish Academy of Natural Sciences, The Academy of Technical Sciences, The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences. Dr. Molin received several awards and among these are: The Novo Nordisk Prize in 2014, Researcher of the Year 2006/2007 and has also beed awarded the Most Cited Danish Microbiologist (included in ISIHighlyCited.com). Professor Molin has been engaged in teaching at all levels at Danish universities for 40 years and has supervised approximately 40 PhD students.

Søren Molin’s research activities covers broad aspects of microbiology and has done so for 40 years of academic work at Danish universities. The initial research activities focused on growth physiology and control of macromolecular synthesis in E. coli (DNA, RNA and protein), including early applications of genetic engineering in the 1970s. Later, his research turned to extracellular proteins, secretion, and stress responses in Pseudomonas. In the 1990s, Søren Molin’s laboratory conducted pioneering research on biofilms where they developed and introduced molecular and imaging tools for studies of bacterial biofilm development. These activities are still the foundation for Dr. Molin’s on-going research, which also comprises cell-cell interactions and evolutionary processes. He has further developed the field of microbial adaptation and evolution during of chronic infection. His current research activities are based on the assumption that fundamental studies of bacterial physiology and ecology are essential to understand and eventually interfere with such microbial infections.

During the last 10 years Søren Molin has been actively engaged in translational studies of long-term bacterial infections in human airways focused on 1) the adaptive processes driving bacteria towards chronic infections states, and 2) the transfer of biological knowledge and methods to clinical microbiology applications.

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