Knud Erik Larsen

Associate professor

CV for Knud Erik Larsen

Personal data:
Date of Birth: January 13th 1957 in Holstebro, Denmark
Title: Associate Professor
Home address: Kasted Tværvej 22, 8200 Aarhus N
Home: Tel: 86188510
Mobile: 26244501E-mail:

Academic training and degrees:

1991: PhD, Aarhus University, March 18th

1990: PhD student at Laboratoire de Biologie Moléculaire des Relations Plantes-microorganismes, INRA-CNRS, Castanet-Tolosan, Toulouse, France

1987: PhD student at Aarhus University

1986: MSc in biology, Aarhus University

Current affiliation: 
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University

Fellowships and employment:
2011-present: Associate Professor at Departmentof Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University
2010: Associate Professor at Department for Genetics and Biotechnology, Facultyof Agricultural Sciences, Aarhus University
2003: Senior scientist at Department for Genetics and Biotechnology, Faculty ofAgricultural Sciences, Aarhus University
1998: Senior scientist at Department for Crop and Soil Science, DanishInstitute of Agricultural Sciences
1992: Post doc at department of Molecular and Structural Biology, University ofAarhus

Scientific focus areas:

My research interests have consolidated on 
1) A-to-I RNA editing in relation to aging and various human diseases, 
2) The study of epigenetics related to fertility inmouse and pigs, epigenetics in cloned pigs and epigenetic analyses of pigmodels of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Epigenetics encompasses DNA methylation andhistone acetylation; 
3) The study of the Parkinson-related proteinalpha-synuclein, with emphasis on alternative splicing and functional analysis. 
4) The genetics of wound healing in sharks. 
5) Furthermore, I have participatedin genome sequencing projects contributing to publication of the bowhead genomeand the mink genome.

Bibliographic overview:
Total number of peer-reviewed publications: 66
Number of first-authorships: 28
Number of corresponding authorships: 32
Number of citations: 1282 (citationsregistered in Google Scholar)
H-index: 20 (calculated from citations registered in GoogleScholar)

The Danish Agency forScience, Medical Science (271-08-0651), The DanishAgency for Science, Technology and Innovation, co-applicant (274-09-0299), The Danish Council for Independent Research Technology andProduction Sciences, co-applicant (grant no. 4005-00256) , Lundbeckfonden,Parkinsonforeningen, Aase og Ejnar Danielsens Fond, Augustinusfonden, BrødreneHartmans Fond. A.P. Møller Fonden - Lægevidenskabens Fremme, Grosserer ChristianAndersens Fond, Beckettfonden.

International relations/ongoing collaborations:

Professor Joao Pedro de Magalhaes, University of Liverpool, UK; Professor Jay Storz, University of Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.

I teach courses for graduate and undergraduatestudents in Molecular Biology II and Eukaryotic model organisms. I teach students from high schools in a SRP experimental work.

Supervison of Bachelor students, Master students and PhD students:
Bachelor students (5): Kaja Kjær Kristensen, MaikenØrts Nielsen, Signe Holm Larsen, Rikke Møller Larsen and Thomas Bové Christensen.
Master students (21): Tanja Nylev, Claus Hedegaard, Malene Jensen, Simon Foldager Larsen, Ditte Bjerre, Marianne Ørum, Mads Sønderkjær, Rikke Bæk, Pernille Munk Frandsen, Louise Buur Lund, Carina Henriksen, Sabrina Madsen, Kaja Kjær Kristensen, Poul Smith Baun, Jacob Ribberholt Andreasen, Astrid Nielsen, Sofie Raunbak. Ongoing supervision of Maiken Ørts Nielsen, Amalie Stewart-Bermann, Mia Mundt, Ida Klæstrup.
PhD-students (3): Claus Hedegaard, Carina Henriksen, Fang Fang.

Scientific Management:

2019- present: Member of the Expert Panel at The National Science Centre, Poland (NCN).

2012- present: Member of the PhD program committee,Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG), AU

2008-present:  Member of Institutforum, MBG,AU.

2012-2015: Member of the Educational Committee, MBG,AU.

2012-present: Associate Editor at Gene

Reviewer at different scientific journals: BMC Genomics, Molecular Biology Reports, BBA,

Gene, Reproductive Biology, Horticulture.

I have been PhD opponent 3 times and PhD Committee Chairman for 12 PhD and Committee Member for 13 ‘Qualifying’ (part-A) PhD examinations at MBG, AU. In addition, I am internal examiner at the course Host-microbe interactions at MBG/AU.