Karin Lykke-Hartmann


Curriculum Vitae

Personal data

Karin Lykke-Hartmann

Academic background

2008-                Associate professor (PhD), Dept. of Biomedicine, Aarhus University, Denmark

2006-2008:   Assistant professor (Ph.D.), Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, Denmark

2002-2006:   The Danish Council for Independent Research | Natural Science Post doc fellowship, Wellcome Trust stipend, and Alfred Benzon Fellowship, The Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, UK.

Career breaks: maternity leaves (37 months total)

06/2008-05/2009, 02/2010-02/2011, 06/2012- 05/2013 and 02-05/2016


2002: PhD in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, Yale University, USA.

1998:  Cand. scient, Dept. of Protein Chemistry, Institute for Molecular Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Academic awards and honors

1st Prize, Danish IP fair, 2019

1st Prize, Medicial Innovation Day, HEALTH, Aarhus University

Jens Christian Skou Senior Fellow, 2015-2016, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS), Aarhus University.

FNU Steno stipend 2006-2008

Alfred Benzon stipend 2004-2006

FNU post doc stipend 2002-2004



My research interests have always been connected to early reproduction and embryonic development. In particular, we are interested in ovarian follicle development, with passion for deciphering how the earliest dormant follicles - the primordial follicles - are activated. How does a cell after e.g 30 years of dormancy becomes activated, and perhaps the egg that contribute to a new human being? My background in this area is strong and experienced with more than ten years of background in genetic manipulations of single cells by micromanipulation techniques. We are expert on primary cultures of reproductive cells. Additionally, I pioneered the development of two disease-knock-in mouse models of the sodium pump. The Na+/K+-ATPase ion pump is required to maintain Na+/K+-generating electrochemical gradients across the plasma membrane, a prerequisite for electrical excitability and secondary transport in cells. Our focus is directed towards ATP1A3-related disease, and we work extensively on a mouse model for alternating hemiplegia of childhood (AHC) mouse model, towards finding a cure for AHC.


Symposium organization

‘1st Symposium on Reproduction, Genes and Development’ (http://aias.au.dk/events/1st-Symposium-Meeting-on-Genes-Reproduction-and-Development/), organized by me, held 1nd Dec 2015.

2nd Symposium on Reproduction, Genes and Development’, (http://aias.au.dk/events/2nd-symposium-meeting-on-genes-reproduction-and-development/) organized by me. To be held 9-10th May 2017


Academic Teaching.

Lectures and seminars in Medical Biochemistry, for 3rd Semester Medical Students and 6th Semester Molecular Medicine students, Health, AU. Additionally, Course Administrator for Medical Biochemistry at Molecular Medicine 6th Semester, preparing semester teaching plans and all written exams and re-exams and evaluate with external censor for grading. Team coordinator for Developmental BIology, Bachelor assignent, Medicine, Aarhus University. Course manager for Developmental Biology, Master course, Science and Technolgy, Aarhus University.