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Ian Max Møller

Professor emeritus

Profile photoBorn - 7 December, 1950
Citizenship - Danish
Marital status – Married. Two daughters born 1983 and 1987

Professional address:
Dr. Ian Max Møller, Professor Emeritus
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
Science and Technology
Aarhus University
Forsøgsvej 1
DK-4200 Slagelse, Denmark

Tel.: +45-8715 8263
Mobile +45-2087 2100
E-mail: ian.max.moller@agrsci.dk

Telefon: 87158263
Mobil: 20872100

Academic Qualifications

2000 Full professor at Department of Plant Physiology, Lund University, Sweden
1983Docent (≈ associate professor) in biochemical plant physiology at Department of Plant Physiology, University of Lund, Lund, Sweden
1981Ph.D. in plant biochemistry at Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, London, UK
1978Candidate of Science in biochemistry at University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
1969High School Exam, Copenhagen, Denmark


2017Professor Emeritus
2010 - 2014Visiting Professor at Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (1-2 months/year)
2009 - 2017Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG), Science and Technology, Aarhus University
2007 - 2009Research Director (= Head of Department), Department of Genetics and Biotechnology, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Aarhus University
2005 - 2006Professor in Plant Biochemistry, Department of Agricultural Sciences, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen
2000 - 2004Professor in Plant Biochemistry, Risø National Laboratory
2000 - 2001Professor in Plant Physiology, Lund University
1993 - 2000Lecturer, Lund University
1991 (4 months)Visiting scientist with Prof. Roland Douce, CENG, Grenoble, France
1987 - 1993Associate professor (special research position under the NFR (Rådsforskartjänst)
1981 - 1987Research associate financed by the Swedish Natural Science. Research Council (NFR) (50% of full time) Managing editor of the international journal Physiologia Plantarum (50% of full time)


2017 – Corresponding Membership Award of the American Society of Plant Biologists

Present research Interests

♦ Protein oxidation as a way to monitor oxidative stress in plant cells
♦ Retrograde signalling from mitochondria by oxidized peptides
♦ ROS and RNS turnover in plant mitochondria
♦ Proteomics of developing and germinating seeds
♦ Protein oxidation and its effect on protein structure and function


In total 208 publications published including 111 primary papers in peer-reviewed journals, 41 reviews mostly in peer-reviewed journals, 3 methods papers and 6 textbooks and textbook chapters including a major textbook in plant physiology. (For further details see separate List of Publications) These publications have been cited a total of >7000 times with an H-index of 43 (Web of Knowledge, August 2017) >11100 times with an H-index of 48 (Google Scholar, August 2017).

Editor/reviewer for journals, publishers and research councils

- Editor for Physiologia Plantarum since 1981 (>1000 edited manuscripts)

- Reviewer and/or editor for more than 100 international journals, research councils and publishers including all of the leading plant physiology journals and some leading biochemistry journals.

International meetings

Participated in more than 120 meetings

Invited speaker, chairman and/or organizer of about 75 meetings


Major contributions 2014-2017:


Research Seminar at Department of Plant Science, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK – 13 February, 2014

          Invited lecture (45 min) Møller, I.M. Oxidative stress in plant mitochondria


Italian Group of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes (GIBB) Meeting, Matera, Italy, 29-31 May, 2014

          Invited main lecture (60 min) Møller, I.M. Oxidative stress in (plant) mitochondria


11th Conference of the International Society of Seed Science (ISSS), Changsha,China, 15-19 September, 2014

Invited lecture (20 min) Møller, I.M. A potential role of maturation drying in preparing proteins for Zea mays seed germination, seedling vigor and pathogen resistanceInternational


Conference of Plant Mitochondrial Biology (ICPMB 2015), Wroclaw, Poland, 17-22 May, 2015

Invited Lecture (15 min) Zhang, N., Rao, R.S.P., Salvato, F., Havelund, J.F., Møller, I.M., Thelen, J.J., Xu, D. A Deep-Learning Method for Predicting Mitochondria-Localized Proteins in Plants

Invited lecture (20 min) Møller, I.M. Closing remarks


11th SFBV Meeting, Angers, France, 6-8 July, 2016

Keynote Lecture (45 min) Møller, I.M. What can proteomics tell us about mitochondrial metabolism?


INPPO 2016, Bratislava, Slovakia, 4-8 September, 2016

Lecture (30 min) Møller, I.M. The plant mitochondrial proteome


DanSeed Symposium 2017, Kobæk Strand, 14 March, 2017

Lecture (45 min) Møller, I.M. What are proteomics and what can they tell us about seed maturation and germination?


Proteomic Forum, Potsdam, Germany 2-5 April, 2017

                      Lecture (20 min) Møller, I.M. The plant mitochondrial proteome


International Conference for Plant Mitochondrial Biology (ICPMB) 2017, Hangzhou, China, 22-27 May, 2017

Lecture (20 min) Møller, I.M. DNA repair in plant mitochondria - The base excision repair pathway

Co-author on two other lectures

Administrative experience

2012 - 2014Vice-chairman of Institutforum (Departmental Board) at MBG
2010 - 2011Member of Managing Committee of COST Action “Plant Proteomics in Plants"
2007 - 2009Chairman or member of a number of steering committees
2007 - 2008Member of Faculty Teaching Committee
2007 - 2008Head of Faculty Ph.D. School
2007 - 2009Head of Department (see above) – 180 employees
1998 - 1999Head of Section of Plant Physiology (ca 25 employees and Ph.D. students)
1994 - 1998Director of Studies in Plant Physiology
1992 - 1998Head of Department (ca 40 employees and Ph.D. students)
1990 - 1996Chairman, Publications Committee of the FESPP, member of Executive Committee and editor of FESPP Newsletter
1989 - 1992Member of the department board
1981 - 1987Managing Editor of the international journal Physiologia Plantarum, half-time for about 7 years. Acting Editor-in-Chief for a total of 5 months


2014Chapter for and editor of plant physiology textbook (“Plant Physiology and Development” by Taiz, Zeiger, Møller and Murphy, 6th Ed.) (Publication no. 179)
2010Chapter for plant physiology textbook ((“Plant Physiology” by Taiz & Zeiger,, 5th Ed.) (Publication no. 162)
2006Chapter for plant physiology textbook (“Plant Physiology” by Taiz & Zeiger, 4th Ed.) (Publication no. 147)
2005 - 2006Approx 10 lectures/year at KVL
2000 - 2004Approx. 5 lectures/year on plant respiration and proteomics at various universities
2002Chapter for a plant physiology textbook (“Plant Physiology” by Taiz & Zeiger, 3rd Ed.) (Publication no. 131)
1998 - 2000Half-time teaching
1995 - 1998Member of the board of Department of Undergraduate Teaching in Biology, Lund University
1994 - 1998Half-time teaching and responsible for organizing all teaching in Plant Physiology ('Studierektor')
1981 - 1993Lectures equivalent to 1-2 years full-time teaching. Responsible for several courses. Chapter for a plant physiology textbook published in Spanish (Publication no. 90)
Postgraduate students (17 in total)
2015Ana Luiza Furlanetto (co-supervisor)
2015Cagla Sahin (co-supervisor)
2011 - 2015Jesper Foged Havelund (main supervisor). “Retrograde signalling by oxidized peptides (OxyPepSi)”
2009 - 2013Md. Shofiqul Islam (co-supervisor) “The mitochondrial genome in wild-type and cytoplasmic male sterile perennial ryegrass”
2005 - 2009Kim A. Kristiansen (co-supervisor). Thesis: "The spatial and temporal distribution of Reactive Oxygen Species studied by confocal laser microscopy"
2003 - 2006Peter H. Hagedorn (co-supervisor). Thesis: "Approaches to systems biology"
2002 - 2005Danielle Keller (co-supervisor). Thesis: “Supported bilayers as models of biological membranes”
2000 - 2004Sandra Matic (co-supervisor). Thesis: “Macromolecular interactions - Consequences on carbohydrate metabolism”
1999 - 2004Agnieszka Michalecka (main supervisor). Thesis: “Alternative NAD(P)H dehydrogenases in plant mitochondria – localisation, catalytic functions and physiological roles”
1998 - 2004Fredrik I. Johansson (main supervisor). Thesis: “Gene characterisation, activity quantification and physiological responses of mitochondrial alternative NAD(P)H dehydrogenases”
1998 - 2002Å. Staffan Svensson (co-supervisor). Thesis: “Respiratory NAD(P)H dehydrogenases of plants - Gene identity and expression in response to light and cold"
1996 - 2001Stephanie C. Agius (main supervisor). Thesis “Pyridine Nucleotides in Plant Mitochondria”
1996 - 2001Ana M.P. Melo, Porto, Portugal (co-supervisor). Thesis: "Characterisation of NAD(P)H dehydrogenases from Neurospora mitochondria"
1991 - 1996Kenneth M. Fredlund (main supervisor). Thesis: "NAD(P)H Dehydrogenases in Plant Membranes"
1989 - 1994 Allan G. Rasmusson (main supervisor). Thesis: "Turnover of Matrix NADPH and NADH in Plant Mitochondria"
1987 - 1995Christina Lind-Halldén (main supervisor). Thesis: "Characterization of a Plant Mitochondrial Mutant: Cytoplasmic Male Sterility in Sugar Beet"
1984 - 1987 Lena E. Körner (main supervisor). Thesis: "Uptake of Nickel in Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) Roots"