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Stig Uggerhøj Andersen

Associate professor

Profile photoStig Uggerhøj Andersen, PhD
Associate Professor
Danish citizen. Male. Born August 1st 1976.

Contact information:
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University
Gustav Wieds Vej 10, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

Phone: +45 87154937
E-mail: sua@mbg.au.dk


2017-Associate Professor, Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University
2014-2016Assistant Professor, Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University
2007 -2014Postdoc, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University
2005-2007Postdoc, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Deparment of Molecular Biology, Tuebingen, Germany
2005Postdoc, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University
2004-2005Research scientist at Plantic ApS, Aarhus, Denmark

Education and training

2017IFD Pasteur program leadership course, HBS, Harvard University
2016EMBO laboratory management course
2004PhD degree in molecular biology, Aarhus University
2002MSc degree in molecular biology, Aarhus University

Scientific summary

Research interests
My main interest is facilitating biological understanding of plant-microbe interactions using computational approaches. I am using high-throughput next-generation sequencing to facilitate forward and reverse genetics in the model legume Lotus japonicus using insertional mutagenesis (http://lotus.au.dk), and for mutant and causal allele identification both in classical forward genetics and in QTL and genome-wide association analysis. My group applies similar methods to study nitrogen fixation efficiency and cross-species interactions using the forage legume white clover as experimental system. We are also establishing a genomic platform for faba bean breeding in collaboration with Danish plant breeders.

Bibliometric summary (November 2017)

A total of 26 peer-reviewed publications. In addition: 4 reviews, 2 patent applications, 5 book chapters, and 5 press releases.

Web of Science: a total of 1773 citations not counting self-citations and an H-index of 16

Google Scholar: a total of 1519 citations and an H-index of 17.


Invited talks

The Arabidopsis Meeting (ICAR) (2009),

European Nitrogen Fixation Congress (2012, 2016),

International Congress on Nitrogen Fixation (2013, 2015),

International Plant and Animal Genome Meeting (PAG) (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018),

International conference on legume genetics and genomics (2014, 2017),

Adam Kondorosi symposium: Frontiers in Legume Biology (2014).

Plant Genomics and Gene Editing Congress (2017, 2018)

Society for experimental biology (SEB) annual meeting (2017)

Scandinavian Plant Physiology Society congress (2017)

In addition, I have recently given invited talks at universities and researchcenters in Austria, Germany, Belgium, Japan and New Zealand.

Conference organisation
Member of international advisory board: Plant Genomics and Gene Editing Congress (2017-), International conference on legume genetics and genomics (2017-).
Session organiser: International conference on legume genetics and genomics (2018)

International collaborators
Shusei Sato, Kazusa DNA Research Institute, Japan.
Korbinian Schneeberger, MPIPZ, Cologne, Germany.
Wolfgang Busch, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, USA
Krzysztof Szczyglowski, AAFC, London, Canada.
Andrew Griffiths, AgResearch, New Zealand.
Macarena Marin, LMU, GermanyCécile Ben, University of Toulouse, France.
Peter Young, University of York, UK.
Ville Frimann, University of York, UK

Research funding

2016-2020Co-PI: "NORFAB - Protein for the Northern Hemisphere", Innovation Fund Denmark, 27 million DKK.
2015-2019PI: “NCHAIN – Forging stronger links in the organic nitrogen chain”, Innovation Fund Denmark, 17 million DKK.
2014-2018Co-PI: " PIGVAC - A plant‐produced immunoenhanced pig vaccine against PRRS", Danish Council for Strategic Research, 15 million DKK.
2010-2013PI: A novel deep sequencing approach to QTL mapping – application to legume breeding”, Danish Council for Independent Research | Technology and Production Sciences, 5.7 million DKK.
2009-2010PI: Proof-of-Concept project grant of 750,000 DKK for the project "Prognostic test measuring catalase activity as a predictive marker for hydroxyurea-response in treatment of blood-cancer". Principal applicant.
2009Co-PI: Karen Elise Jensen Foundation grant of 450,000 DKK for the project " A new prognostic model for acute myeloid leukemia based on flow cytometry, allows for identification of genes involved in disease progression and chemoresesistance". Co-applicant. Total grant amount 2.2 million DKK.
2006-2007Carlsberg Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship of 350,000 DKK for the project "Integration of hormonal and transcriptional signals in Arabidopsis stem cell control". Principal applicant.
2005-2006Max Planck Postdoctoral Fellowship of 190,000 DKK for the project "Integration of hormonal and transcriptional signals in Arabidopsis stem cell control". Principal applicant.

Teaching and supervision

Formal pedagogical training
“Kursus i universitetspædagogik for ph.d.-studerende” - pedagogic course for PhD students.
“Kursus i universitetspædagogik for adjunkter, Efterår 2010” - a comprehensive course at the assistant professor level covering a broad spectrum of pedagogic topics.

Teaching experience

Eukaryotic model organisms (MSc level), 15 ECTS. Teaching is shared by five lecturers. I have developed course materials for the plant section of the course, including both a theoretical and a lab practical part.

Next-Generation Sequencing data analysis (PhD level), 5 ECTS. I have developed the computer exercises for the course and act as lecturer and examiner in collaboration with Mikkel H. Schierup. 

Supervision of students
Technician trainees:
Line Frøkjær, one year, 2003; Simon Rose, one year, 2004.

Exchange students:
Ulrich Braunschweig, 6 months, 2003; Maria del Mar, 6 months, 2004; Martina Hoedl, 6 months, 2005; Anna Malolepszy, one year, 2008-2009; Aija Auzina, 6 months, 2010; Thomas Hackenberg, 5 months, 2010; Umair Ashan, 3 months, 2012.
Pre-Diplom (Germany):
Sabine Buechel, MPI Tuebingen, 2006.

Master students:
Randi Groslier Algreen-Petersen, 2004; Thomas Hackenberg, one year 2010-2011.

PhD students:
Dorian Urbanski, 2008-2011, three years, co-supervisor
Haojie Jin, 2010-2013, three years, co-supervisor
Anna Malolepszy, 2010-2013, three years, co-supervisor
Nanna Hellum Nielsen, 2010-2013, three years, co-supervisor
Nina Eberhardtsen Hansen, 2010-2013, three years, co-supervisor
Vikas Gupta, 2010-2014, four years, co-supervisor
Terry Mun, 2012-2016, four years, co-supervisor

Niraj Shah, 2013-2016, three years, co-supervisor

Sara Moeskjær, 2015-2018, four years, co-supervisor

Asger Bachmann, 2015-2018, four years, co-supervisor

Research evaluation

Reviewer of grant proposals for NSF and ANF. Reviewer of manuscripts for Nature Methods, The Plant Cell, Autophagy, Plant Physiology, The Plant Journal, The Journal of Experimental Botany, Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, Bioinformatics, Plant Methods, and PLoS One. Invited external PhD examiner at the University of Copenhagen.

Development and communication

Patent application
Andersen SU, Juul, T., and Jørgensen, J.E., (2009). Novel predictive marker for hydroxyurea resistance. Application number: PA 2009 00921.

Recent press-releases:

More nitrogen for organic agriculture


Fighting the most important contagious swine disease in the world