who we are
Jensen's group at DTU
Dr. Michael Krogh Jensen is coordinator of MIAMi, and senior researcher and Co-Principal Investigator of the section for Synthetic Biology Tools in Yeast at the Center for Biosustainability at the Technical University of Denmark. He obtained his PhD in molecular biology from University of Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2007, and obtained independent funding for his post-doctoral research at University of Copenhagen, Max-Planck Institute in Cologne, Germany, and Stanford University, USA, from 2008-2012. Since 2013 he has managed and co-directed research projects in development of synthetic biology tools for cell factory development, with special attention to engineering of biosensors and methods for advanced genome engineering and evolution-guided optimization of cell factories. He has co-authored 37 peer-reviewed papers with more than 1900 citations, and is co-inventor of 1 patent application. He is currently supervising 5 PhD students, and mentoring 4 post.docs. His key research interest is within the development of synbio engineering tools to perform high-throughput genome engineering, screening, and evolution-guided optimization of living cells for the production of human therapies.
Courdavault's group at UT
O'Connor's group at MPI-Jena
Dr. Sarah Ellen O’Connor is co-I of MIAMi, and Director of the Department of Natural Product Biosynthesis at the Max Planck Institute of Chemical Ecology (Jena, Germany). She obtained her PhD in Organic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001, and was an ACS Irving Sigal post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Biological Chemistry at Harvard Medical School (Boston, USA) from 2001-2003. From 2003-2011 she was Assistant and Associate Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from 2011-2019 she was a Project Leader and Professor in the Department of Biological Chemistry at the John Innes Centre, and in 2019 she moved to the Max Planck Institute of Chemical Ecology. She has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers, and is co-inventor of 2 patent applications. She has mentored 13 PhD students and 26 post.docs. Her major research interest is plant biosynthetic pathway, where her group takes a multi-disciplinary approach to discover new genes responsible biosynthesis of complex natural products. Her group also studies the mechanism, engineering and evolution of these biosynthetic enzymes.
Janfelt's group at KU
Dr. Christian Janfelt is associate professor at Department of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen. He obtained his MSc degree in physics and chemistry from University of Southern Denmark in 2005. His Ph.D. (Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, 2008) was focused on development of miniature mass spectrometry and included a research stay in the group of Prof. Graham Cooks at Purdue University, USA. After his graduation, he became assistant professor and later associate professor at Department of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen, where he initiated research in the DESI-MS ionization technique. He spent 6 months in the group of Prof. Bernhard Spengler, Giessen University, Germany, working with Dr. Zoltan Takats (now professor at Imperial College London) on development of instrumentation for DESI-MS imaging. Dr. Janfelt’s current research involves DESI and MALDI mass spectrometry imaging and their applications in drug development, medical diagnostics and natural product research. He is the author of more than 45 scientific papers of which more than 30 papers are on application and development of mass spectrometry imaging.