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Knud Erik Bach Knudsen

Professor - Sektionsleder

Profile photoKnud Erik Bach Knudsen
Professor - Sektionsleder
Institut for Husdyrvidenskab - Molekylær ernæring og forplantning
Blichers Allé 20
G22, 3073
8830 Tjele
Danmark
E-mail: knuderik.bachknudsen@anis.au.dk
Mobil: +4520647598
Telefon: +4587158063
Web: http://pure.au.dk/portal/da/knuderik.bachknudsen@anis.au.dk
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8345-9236

Profil

My main focus for the last 30 years has been on carbohydrates and bioactive phytochemicals. The emphasis has been on:

1) Development and implementation of analytical methods for the determination of carbohydrates in foods, feeds and digesta materials

2) Studies of nutritional and physiological properties of carbohydrates emphasising the importance of degradation, absorption and influence on the gut microflora

3) Studies of the role of carbohydrates in the prevention of digestive disturbances and establishment of parasites in pigs

4) Studies of the nutritional and health effects of carbohydrates and phytochemicals in monogastric species including human subjects.

My most recent works have been in the interface to human nutrition emphasising the use of animal models for understanding the mode of actions of carbohydrates and phytochemicals. I am also actively involved in the establishment of a LC-MS/MS based metabonomic platform at the department and is currently the supervisor of several PhD and post doc projects.Publications in peer-reviewed journals, 255; Books and proceedings, 104; Abstracts, 162; Others, 55Citations in web-of-science (Feb 2019): >6300, H-index: 42. Citations in Google Scholar (Feb 2019): >7800, H-index: 47.Invited lectures at conferences and universities: 131.Supervision (current): Main supervisor 2; co-supervisor 2. Supervision (total): Main and co-supervisor 23.

Education

1980: PhD (Lic. agro.), Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen

1977: MSc in agronomy (Nutrition), Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen


Employment

2011-: Professor in Basic Nutrition, Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University.

2008-2013: Deputy Head, Department of Animal Health, Welfare and Nutrition, Aarhus University, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences.

2007-2012: Adjunct Professor, Department of Animal and Veterinary Basic Sciences, Faculty of Life Science, University of Copenhagen.

2000-2005: Research professor, Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Dept. of Animal Nutrition and Physiology

1998-: Head of Research Unit, Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Dept. of Animal Nutrition and Physiology - from 2007 Aarhus University, Faculty of Life Sciences, Dept. of Animal Health, Welfare and Nutrition

1992-1998: Senior scientist, Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Dept. of Animal Nutrition and Physiology

1986-1991: Research scientist, National Institute of Animal Science, Dept. of Animal Physiology and Biochemistry

1983-1986: Senior research grant, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Dept. of Animal Physiology

1980-1983: Researcher, Carlsberg Research Laboratory, Dept. of Biotechnology

1977-1980: Research grant, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Dept. of Animal Physiology

1974-1975: Scholarship, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Dept. of Plant Nutrition


Studies abroad

1987-1988: Visiting scientist, USDA-Human Nutrition Research Center, Nutrient Composition Laboratory, Beltsville (Maryland, USA)

1984: Visiting scientist, Swedish Agricultural University (Uppsala, Sweden)

Awards and Memberships

Member of the American Nutrition Society.

Leadership and Administration

Section manager of the research unit on Molecular Nutrition and Reproduction. My current research group comprise 27 persons (6 senior scientists, 6 post docs, 7 PhD students, 7 technicians, and 1 secretary).

Scientific evaluation committees: Professor 14; Head of Department 1; Associate professor 8; Assistance professor 1; PhD 28.

Principal Investigator: 33 projects; 53 projects in total.

Selected relevant research projects
2015-2020: Work package leader and member of the management team of the EU Horizon 2020 project "Feed-a-Gene".

2015-2019: Principal investigator for the Innovation Fund Denmark project: "Metabolic changes by carbohydrate and protein quality in the development and mitigation of metabolic syndrome - MERITS".

2013-2017: Project manager of the AU strategic programme "Green Protein".

2013-2018: Work package leader in the Danish Strategic Research Fund (DSF) funded project: "ELIN: The effects of enterolignans in chronic disease".

2011-2014: Principal investigator for the DSF funded project “Concepts for enhanced butyrate production to improve colonic health and insulin sensitivity – ButCoIns”.

2011-2013: Principal investigator of the GUDP funded project "Xylanaser: optimering af foderudnyttelsen og minimering af miljøbelastningen hos grise".

2009-2013: Principal investigator for the DSF funded project “BioFunctional Carbohydrates – BioFunCarb”.

2007-2011: Member of the management group of the “Nordic Centre of Excellence on Systems biology in controlled dietary interventions and cohort studies – SYSDIET”.

2005-2010: Group leader of the animal testing group in “HEALTHGRAIN – Exploiting bioactivity of European cereal grains for improved nutrition and health benefits”, European Commission IP FP6.

Teaching

2012-2016: Nutritional Physiology, 5 ECTS (BSc, Course responsible)

2011-2016: Basic Molecular Nutrition, 5 ECTS (BSc, 4 lectures)

2012-2016: Plant production and feed quality, 10 ECTS (MSc, 2 lectures)

2018-: Feed Evaluation, 10 ECTS (MSc, 1 lecture)

2011: Carbohydrates with emphasis on nutrition and health of nonruminant animals, 5 ECTS (PhD, Course responsible)

2013: Carbohydrates with emphasis on nutrition and health of nonruminant animals, 5 ECTS (PhD, Course responsible)

2017: Carbohydrates with emphasis on nutrition and intestinal health of nonruminant animals, 5 ECTS (PhD, Course responsible)

2019: Carbohydrates with emphasis on nutrition and intestinal health of nonruminant animals, 5 ECTS (PhD, Course responsible)


Other activities

Member of the Editorial Board in Archives of Animal Nutrition and Starch. Frequently reviewing papers for British Journal of Nutrition, Journal of Nutrition, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, Animal Feed Science and Technology, and Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Reviewer of research proposals for the Norwegian Research Council, the Swedish Research Council, VINNOVA (Swedish Govermental Agency for Innovation Systems), Formas (the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning), Agriculture and Food Council of Alberta, Canada, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Germany, and the Netherlands Organisation for Science Research, the Netherlands.