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Jens Nielsen
Current Affiliation: Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
Research Area: Systems biology of metabolism

Professor Nielsen has an MSc in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Biochemical Engineering from Danish Technical University (DTU), after which he established an independent research group and was appointed full Professor in 1998. He was Fulbright visiting professor at MIT in 1995-1996. At DTU, he founded and directed the Center for Microbial Biotechnology. In 2008, he was recruited as Professor and Director to Chalmers University of Technology, where he is currently directing a research group of more than 50 people. At Chalmers, he established the Area of Advance Life Science Engineering, a cross-departmental strategic research initiative, and was founding Head of the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering.

Professor Nielsen has published more than 550 papers so far and has been cited more than 36,000 times (current H-factor 94), co-authored more than 40 books, and holds more than 50 patents. He was identified by Thompson Reuters as a highly cited researcher in 2015 and 2016.

Professor Nielsen founded Fluxome A/S, which metabolically engineered yeast for commercial production of resveratrol and was eventually acquired by Evolva. He has founded several other biotech companies, including Metabogen AB and Biopetrolia AB, and he has served on the scientific advisory boards of many different biotech companies in the USA and Europe.

Professor Nielsen has received numerous international awards including the Villum Kann Rasmussen’s Årslegat, Merck Award for Metabolic Engineering, Amgen Award for Biochemical Engineering, Nature Mentor Award, the Gaden Award, the Norblad-Ekstrand gold medal, and the Novozymes Prize. He is member of several academies, including the National Academy of Engineering in USA, the Royal Swedish Academy of Science, the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and the American Academy of Microbiology. He is a founding president of the International Metabolic Engineering Society.

Articles by Jens Nielsen

In search for symmetries in the metabolism of cancer
Advanced Review
WIREs WIREs Systems Biology and Medicine
Published Online: Nov 05 2015
DOI: 10.1002/wsbm.1321
Abstract Full article on Wiley Online Library:   HTML | PDF
Genome‐scale metabolic models applied to human health and disease
Advanced Review
WIREs WIREs Systems Biology and Medicine
Published Online: Jun 23 2017
DOI: 10.1002/wsbm.1393
Abstract Full article on Wiley Online Library:   HTML | PDF

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