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Rikke Brødsgaard Kjærup

Member of Administrative Staff

Profile photoRikke Brødsgaard Kjærup
Postdoc, Member of Administrative Staff
Department of Animal Science - Immunology and microbiology
Blichers Allé 20
8830 Tjele
Denmark
Email: rikke.kjaerup@anis.au.dk
Web: http://pure.au.dk/portal/en/rikke.kjaerup@anis.au.dk

H-index

Web of Science: 5
Google Scholar: 5
Scopus: 6

Education

2008:Cand. Scient (MSc) in Engineering in Biotechnology, Aalborg University, DK Master thesis: The role of transcript elongation factors in plant development. Supervisor: Klaus D. Grasser, Department of Life Sciences, Section of Biotechnology, Aalborg University
2013:PhD degree obtained in animal science, Institute of Animal Health and Bioscience, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Aarhus University

Employment

2008-2009: Research Assistant, Institute of Animal Health and Bioscience, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Aarhus University
2009-2013: PhD study at Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University
2011-2012: Maternity leave (June-March)
2013:  PhD degree obtained
2013-2014: Research Assistant, Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University
2014-2015: Postdoc, Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University
2015: Maternity leave (February-November)
2015-2019: Postdoc, Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University
2019-: Academic employee, Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University

Research

Rikke has conducted research within immunology in the mink and chicken and especially with focus on the pattern recognition molecules such as the proteins mannose binding lectin (MBL), ficolins (FCN) and other collectins. In the mink, the influence of nutrition on the health status, including the influence on the different pattern recognition molecules, have also been assessed. For the moment Rikke is working on the SynCarb project http://anis.au.dk/en/research/projects/syn-carb-synthetic-carbohydrates-with-broad-targeting-of-avian-c-type-lectin-receptors-as-a-novel-tool-for-sustainable-control-of-pathgens-with-zoonotic-potential/

2008-2009: Mapping of transcriptional regulatory elements of chicken Mannose-Binding Lectin (MBL) promoter (participant, granted by Glud’s legat)
2008-2009: Refining genotypes and Phenotypes - EADGENE (participant, granted by EU - Food-CT- 2004-506416)
2009-2013: The functional effect of Mannose-Binding Lectin (MBL) on susceptibility to Infectious Bronchitis in chickens (participant, granted by The Danish Poultry Council)
2010-2015: POLY-REID - Development of genetic selection technology for polyvalent resistance to infectious diseases (participant, granted by the Danish Council for Strategic Research)
2015-2016: Protein and mineral content in the feed and health in mink (Project leader, granted by Pelsdyrafgiftsfonden)
2017: Vitamins and minerals – The effect on the immune system in mink (Project leader, granted by Pelsdyrafgiftsfonden)
2017: Inactivation of Aleutian Mink Disease Virus (Project leader, granted by Pelsdyrafgiftsfonden)
2017-: Synthetic carbohydrates with broad targeting of avian C-type lectin receptors as a novel tool for sustainable control of pathogens with zoonotic potential (SYN-CARB) (participant, granted by the Independent Research Fund Denmark)
2018:  Fe supplementation to mink kits within the first week of age and the effect on iron status, growth and health (participant, granted by Dansk Pelsdyravlerforenings Forskningsfond)

Teaching

2009: Involved in Scientist for a day at Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University (teaching of High School students)
2010-2013: Involved in Brokom (ELISA) at Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University (teaching of High School students)
2012: Oral presentation at Agromek, Herning, Denmark. November 29th, “Gene variants – Improving robustness in chickens”
2013: Oral presentation at PolyReid annual meeting, Foulum, Denmark, February 6th
2013: Assistant teacher in Immunology (Agrobiology Bachelor students), Aarhus University
2013: Teaching of Bachelor students in immunology at Vejlby Agricultural Education Center
2016: Teaching of Bachelor students in mink anatomy, practical exercise (Agrobiology students), Aarhus University
2017/2018: Teaching of Bachelor students in mink anatomy, practical exercise and lecture (Agrobiology students), Aarhus University
2018/2019: Teaching of Master students in immunology and mink diseases
(Agrobiology students), Aarhus University

Other activities

Attended courses:
2009: Study of resistance mechanisms in animal infectious diseases, March 16th to 20th at the University of Liege, Belgium. Coursed offered by EADGENE.
2009: TATAA open qPCR course, October 5th to 9th at TATAA Biocenter, Gothenburg, Sweden. Course offered by TATAA Biocenter.
2009: Meetings & Negotiations - tools for researchers, December 1st at Aarhus University, Denmark. Course offered by FOOD workshop, University of Copenhagen.
2009: Introduction course for PhD students at DJF November 10th-11th at Aarhus University, Denmark. Course offered by PhD School at Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University.
2010: Laboratory Animal Science, January 18th to 22nd at Aarhus University, Denmark. Course offered by Graduate School of Health Sciences, Aarhus University.
2010: Flow Cytometry and Cell Sorting, May 5th to 7th at University of Southern Denmark, Denmark. Course offered by Danish Stem Cell Research Doctoral School – DASDOC.
2010: Medical Microbiology and Immunology, January 25th to June 10th at Aarhus University, Denmark. Course offered by Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Aarhus University.
2010: Biostatistics, September to December at Aalborg University, Denmark, Course offered by Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University.
2012: Targeting the Audience: Teaching science to young people, April 22nd to May 11th, at Aarhus University, Denmark. Course offered by Graduate School of Science and Technology, Aarhus University.
2012-2013: Karriereudviklingsprogram for ph.d. studerende, September to January at Aarhus University, Denmark. Course offered by University of Southern Denmark.
2012: Scientific English presentation November at Aarhus University, Denmark. Course offered by Graduate School of Health Sciences, Aarhus University.
2013: Innate and Adaptive Immunity – Cutting Edge, Copenhagen, Denmark. Course offered by Copenhagen Graduate School of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
2017: Projektlederuddannelsen, Aarhus, Denmark. Course offered by Aarhus University and teaching by Rambøll Management Consulting.
2018: Adjunktkursus – Universitetspædagogik for adjunkter og Post Docs på Aarhus Universitet, Aarhus, Denmark. Course offered by Aarhus University.