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Esben Skipper Sørensen


Personal information
Esben Skipper Sørensen
Professor, Cand. scient., PhD.
Born December 10th 1965, Danish citizen
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, Gustav Wieds Vej 10C, 8000 Aarhus C
Tel. +45 87155461 Mobile Tel. +45 20270979
E-mail ess@mbg.au.dk

2018-  Professor Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University (AU)

2012-  Section Coordinator for “Molecular Nutrition”, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University (AU)

2006-17 Associate Professor (Tenured) (2009- Lektor MSK), Dept. Mol.Biol., AU
2000-05 Associate Professor (Non-tenured),  Dept. Mol.Biol., AU
1995-99 Research Assistant Professor,  Dept. Mol.Biol., AU

Education and training
2009 Diploma in Research Management, Copenhagen Business School
1995 PhD, Molecular Biology, Aarhus University (Degree awarded May 8th, 1995)
1993 Cand. scient. (M.Sc.), Biology, Aarhus University (Degree awarded Feb 15th, 1993)

Scientific summary
My research focus areas have evolved from the studies of bioactive milk proteins, especially the protein osteopontin, which is a main research subject in my lab. I work on several projects regarding basic scientific characterization of structure and function of proteins, as well as a number of more applied projects concerning industrial exploitation of milk proteins.
I’m especially interested in the posttranslational modifications of proteins and their influence on protein functionality in biological processes, such as cellular adhesion and binding via integrin-receptors, immunological responses, effects on bone and mineral homeostasis and many others.

Publications and invited lectures
96 original research articles in international peer-reviewed journals, +4000 citations, H-index 37 (Web of Science, August 2020)
Inventor on five patents  
Invited speaker at +40 research conferences and seminars.
Co-organizer, discussion leader and speaker at the Gordon Research Conferences “Small Integrin-Binding Proteins” (2005, 2007). Discussion leader and speaker at the FASEB summer meetings “Osteopontin Biology” in Colorado (2010) and Vermont (2012). Member of Scientific Advisory Board, Chairman and speaker at the "11th International Symposium on Milk Genomics and Human Health" in Aarhus (2014). Session Chairman and speaker at the International Osteopontin and other SIBLING Proteins Conference in Chicago (2015).

Research leadership, funding and committee work
Section Coordinator for “Section for Molecular Nutrition” at Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG), AU.
Leading an independent research group at the Protein Chemistry Laboratory, MBG, AU.

Diploma in Research Management from Copenhagen Business School (2009)
Management Course for Research Leaders at Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (2011).
My research has been supported by grants from the Danish Natural Science Research Council, the NOVO-Nordisk Foundation, the Carlsberg Foundation, the Danish Dairy Board, Arla Foods Ingredients P/S Group and Arla Foods Amba.

Head of the Business Committee at MBG, AU (2015-19). Member of the Department Management Committee (2011-), the Public consultancy Committee (2012-19), the PhD Committee (2008-2011), the Research Committee (2007-) and the Liaison Committee (2012-19) at MBG, AU. Member of the Buisiness Committee at the Faculty of Science and Technology, AU (2015-19). Member of the Education Committee for the MSc in Molecular Nutrition and Food Technology (2010-)

Member of the Danish Dairy Research Board (Mejeribrugets ForskningsFonds bestyrelse) (2015-), Member of the Management Group in the Arla Foods Dairy Health and Nutrition Excellence Center (2015-17)

Teaching and supervision
Responsible teacher on the undergraduate course ”General molecular nutrition” (2008-), and the graduate courses ”Bioactive food components and functional foods” (2008-) and ”Human nutrition” (2006-2008).
Teacher on the graduate course “Advanced Biochemistry” (1996-2006).
Supervision of PhD’s and MSc’s; PhD’s: 6, MSc’s: +25
Postdoctoral supervision: responsible for supervision and training of 5 postdocs 

Evaluation of others work
Journal manuscript reviewer for Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, Biochemical Journal, PLOS One, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, Journal of Dairy Science, International Dairy Journal, Proteomics, Journal of Molecular Nutrition and Food Technology and others
Evaluation committee member for PhD dissertations (University of Southern Denmark, 2019 and Copenhagen University, 2014), 7 postdoc positions (Aarhus University, 2008- ), associate professor positions (Technical University of Denmark, 2008 and Copenhagen University 2019) and a full professor position (Copenhagen University 2019). Chairman for 9 PhD assessment committees at Aarhus University (2008- ).

Industrial collaboration, outreach activities and knowledge exchange
Extensive record of collaboration with the dairy companies Arla Foods AMBA and Arla Foods Ingredients about characterization and commercial exploitation of bioactive milk proteins.
Inventor on five patents disclosing the industrial purification of the milk protein osteopontin and the exploitation of this component in infant formula, dental formulations and wound healing formulas.
Research communication; Speaker at +10 public events/year aimed at high school teachers, high school students, professionals in the dairy industry, hospital laboratories, University Extension etc.