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Jens Nielsen

Department of Biology and Biological Engineering,
Chalmers University of Technology,
Kemivägen 10, SE-412 96 Göteborg, Sweden

Phone: +46 (0)31 772 3804
Fax: +46(0)31 772 3801
E-mail: nielsenj [at]
Office: Room 3044

Education and degrees
1986 M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, Dept. of Biotechnology, DTU, Denmark
1989 Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering, DTU, Denmark
1995 dr.techn., DTU, Denmark
Research Assistant, School of Engineering, University of Western Ontario, Canada
1987-1989 PhD student, Department of Biotechnology, DTU, Denmark
1989 Post doc, Institut für Technische Chemie, Universität Hannover, Germany
1990-1995 Associate Research Professor, Department of Biotechnology, DTU, Denmark
1995-1996 Visiting Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT, USA
1996-1998 Associate Professor, Department of Biotechnology, DTU, Denmark
1998-2008 Professor, BioCentrum, DTU, Denmark
2005-2011 Adjunct Professor, Department of Biotechnology, NTNU, Norway
2008- Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Chalmers
2011- Professor Scientific Director, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, DTU, Denmark
2012- Adjunct Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
2013- Chief Science Officer, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, DTU, Denmark
2015 Founding Head of Department, Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Chalmers, Sweden (served 9 months as Head of Department and structured a department of 150 people)
Academic Appointments and Merits
Founding Chairman, Danish Biotechnological Forum, Denmark
Deputy Director, Center for Process Biotechnology, DTU, Denmark
Co-ordinator, Physiological Engineering, Nordic Industrial Fund
Co-ordinator, NordPhys, Nordic Industrial Fund
Director, Center for Process Biotechnology, DTU, Denmark
Board Member, Center for BioProcess Technology, KTH, Sweden
2002 Evaluation Panel, Dutch genomics initiative (50 million EUR)
SAB Member, Kluywer Center for Genomics of Industrial Fermentations, TU Delft, The Netherlands
SAB Member, Max-Planck Institute for Dynamic of Complex Technical Systems, Germany
2003 Guest Professor, Tianjin University, China
Founding Director, Center for Microbial Biotechnology, DTU, Denmark
Member of Integrative and Systems Biology Panel, BBSRC, UK (50 million GPD)
2004- Advisory Board, Society for Biological Engineering, USA
Chairman of Evaluation Committee, HepatoSys, Germany
Co-ordinator, Yeast Systems Biology Network, EU Framework VI
Founder and Board Member, Danish Biotechnological Society, Denmark
Member of Review Panel of, Switzerland (100 million CHF)
Co-ordinator, Systems Biology as a Driver for Industrial Biotechnology, EU Framework VII
2009- SAB Member, Netherlands Institute for Systems Biology, The Netherlands
2010-2016 Director Area of Advance Life Science, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
2010- Member of World Council for Industrial Biotechnology, World Economic Forum
2011-2012 Member of Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy Strategy Advisory Panel, BBSRC, UK
2011 Presidential appointed evaluator of Humbolt University, Germany
2011 Member of DoE Evaluation Panel for Joint Bioenergy Institute, USA
2011- Swedish Delegate in International Commission of Yeast (ICY)
2011- National Reference Committee, Science for Life Laboratory, Stockholm, Sweden
2012-2014 Scientific Advisory Board Universeum Science Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden
2012- Founding president of International Metabolic Engineering Society, USA
2012 4th Most cited European researcher in the field of Mycology
2012-2013 Evaluation panel of Academy of Finland, Finland
2012-2014 International Advisory Board, Thailands National Center for Genetic Engineering  and Biotechnology, Bangkok, Thailand
2014- Scientific Advisory Board, Energy Biosciences Institute, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, USA
2015 Advisory Board, Gothia Forum, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden
2015, 2016 Thomson Reuter Highly Cited Researcher
1989 Direktør Gorm Petersen’s Mindelegat, Denmark
1994 Ulrik Brinch og Hustru Marie Brinch’s legat, Denmark
1996 STVFs Jubilæumspris, Denmark
2001 Aksel Tovborg Jensens Legat/Bjerrum-Brøndsted-Lang Lecture, Denmark
2002 Villum Kann Rasmussen’s Årslegat, Denmark
2004 Merck Award for Metabolic Engineering, USA
2011 Amgen Biochemical Engineering Award, USA
2012 Charles D. Scott Award 2012, Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, USA
2012 Nature Award for Mentoring, Nature Publishing Group, UK
2013 Norblad-Exstrand Medalj, The Swedish Chemical Society, Sweden
2016 Gaden Award, American Chemical Society, USA
2016 Novozymes Prize, Novo Nordisk Foundation, Denmark
1997 Member of the Academy of Technical Sciences, Denmark
2010 Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Engineering, USA
2010 Member of the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters, Denmark
2010 Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Sweden
2011 College of Fellows of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, USA
2012 Member of Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg, Sweden
2012 Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, USA
2014 Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Sweden
Other Honors
1995 Fulbright Fellow, USA
2002 Sunner Memorial Lecture, Lund University, Sweden
2004 Hough Memorial Lecture, Birmingham University, UK
2010 Appointed as Wallenberg Scholar, Sweden
2014 William Chalmers Lecture, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
2014 Honorary Professor, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, China
2015 Zhang Dayu Lectureship, Dalian Institute for Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, China
Memberships in Societies
1986- The Danish Society for Engineers, Denmark
1996- Member of American Association for the Advancement of Science, USA
2001- Society for Industrial Microbiology, USA
2004- American Chemical Society, USA
2004- Society for Biological Engineering, USA
2006- American Society for Microbiology, USA
2012- International Metabolic Engineering Society, USA
Publications, Patents & Presentations
Web of Science: H-factor of 71; >21,000 citations and >2,900 citations in 2015
Google Scholar: H-factor of 94; >36,000 citations and >21,000 citations since 2011
Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher in 2015 and 2016
Original Papers in Peer Reviewed Journals
Review Papers in Peer Reviewed Journals
22 Commentaries in Peer Reviewed Journals
Book Contributions
3 Text books: Bioreaction Engineering (1994,2003) (English & Chineese), Metabolic Engineering (1998) (English, Chineese & Japaneese), Metabolome Analysis (2007)
Edited books
Issue patents (12 patent families)
30 Patent applications
Invited oral presentations at international conferences
Invited seminars at universities and companies
Key Grants
Nordic Project on Physiological Engineering, Nordic Industrial Fund (>20 million DKK)
4 Projects, EU Framework VI (about 8 million DKK)
Center for Process Biotechnology, Danish Technical Research Council (20 million DKK)
Nordic network NordPhys, Nordic Industrial Fund (>4 million DKK)
1999-2003 DABIC, Danish Technical Research Council (18MDKK)
6 Projects, EU Framework V (about 15 million DKK)
Heterologous production of polyketides, Danish Technical Research Council (2.8 million DKK)
Center for Microbial Biotechnology, Danish Technical Research Council (36 million DKK)
3 Projects, EU Framework VI (about 8.5 million DKK)
Genome sequencing of A. balhamycina, Lundbech Foundation (1.2 million DKK)
Yeast Systems Biology Network, EU Framework VI (1.3 million €)
Yeast in No Gravity, European Space Agency (2.7 million DKK)
Systems Biology: From model organisms to application, NORDFORSK (0.8 million €)
Systems Biology as a Driver for Industrial Biotechnology, EU Framework VII (1 million €)
UNICELLSYS, EU Framework VII (5.4 million SEK)
2009-2011 Regulation of lipid metabolism in eukaryotic cells, Vetenskapsrådet (3 million SEK)
2010-2014 Industrial Systems Biology, European Research Council (2.5 million €)
2010-2013 Systems Biology of Metabolism, NORDFORSK (0.6 million NOK)
2011-2015 Wallenberg Scholar, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (15 million SEK)
2011-2020 NNF Center for Biosustainability, Novo Nordisk Foundation (700 MDKK)
2012-2015 Engineering of Acetyl-CoA Metabolism in Yeast, Vetenskapsrådet (6.4 MSEK)
2012-2014 Platform for studying metagenomes and metabolic diseases, Torsten Söderbergs Stiftelse (5 MSEK)
2012-2017 BioVacSafe, Innovative Medicines Initiative, EU (5.5 MSEK)
2012-2016 Excellence Center for Metabolic Engineering, FORMAS (25 MSEK)
2012-2017 MetaCardis, EU Framework VII (7.5 MSEK)
2012-2017 Advanced Biofuel Production by Oleagenous Yeast, Department of Energy, USA (2 MUSD)
2013-2016 Biobased production of diesel and jetfuel, Vetenskapsrådet (17 MSEK)
2014-2016 Mathematical modelling of tissue metabolism in response to malnutrition, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (200 KUSD)
2015-2018 3 Projects, ERA-SysApp and ERA-Pathogen, EU Framework VII (9 MSEK)
2015-2019 Biotechnological Production of High-Value Added Ingredients, Stiftelsen for Strategisk Forskning (32 MSEK)
2016-2019 Genome-scale transcriptional regulatiuon in yeast, Vetenskapsrådet (4.4 MSEK)
2016-2021 Gut-microbiome effect on CVD, Novo Nordisk Foundation (9 MDKK)
Editorial Activities
1999 Chemical Engineering Science, Guest editor of special volume
1999- Metabolic Engineering, Editorial Board (1999-2002), Associate Editor (2003-)
1999- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, Editorial Board
2000- Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering, Associate Editor (2000-2007), Editorial Board(2007-)
2001- Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Associate Editor
2001- FEMS Yeast Research, Editorial Board (2001-2007), Associate Editor (2007-2010), Editor-in-Chief (2011-)
2004- Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, Editorial Board (2004-2010), Senior Editor (2010-)
2004- Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology, Editorial Board
2008- Microbial Cell Factories, Advisory Board
2009- Microbial Biotechnology, Editorial Board
2010- Biotechnology Journal, Editorial Board
2012- ACS Synthetic Biology, Editorial Board
2013- Wiley-Blackwell Biotechnology Book series (3. Edition), Editor-in-Chief
2015- Cell Systems, Editorial Board
2015- Scientific Reports, Editorial Board
2016- Current Opinion of Systems Biology, Editorial Board
2016- Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Editorial Board
Teaching Experience

Jens Nielsen has organized more than 15 advanced courses on metabolic engineering and systems biology in Denmark, Sweden, Thailand, China and Chile, and he has been teaching in several different courses at all levels in the areas of biotechnology, fermentation technology, bioreaction engineering, metabolic engineering and systems biology. Currently examiner of the MSc courses KMG060 Systems Biology and KKR063 Metabolic Engineering at Chalmers.

Prof Nielsen has extensive experience with developing, organizing and running new courses and he has been actively involved in the design of new teaching programs at both the BSc and MSc level in the field of biotechnology and systems biology.

Main supervisor of graduated PhD students 71
Main supervisor of current PhD students 19
Co-supervisor of graduated PhD students (including visiting PhD students) 39
Current co-supervisor of PhD students 1
Former affiliated post docs 66
Current affiliated post docs and senior researchers 26
Business Experience
1992- Collaboration with industry; collaborated with more than 15 different companies in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and USA. Cumulative funding from industry to my research group exceeds 30 MSEK.
Consultant for several internationally leading biotech and pharmaceutical companies
N&N Biotechn ApS, Denmark, Founder and CEO (acquired by Fluxome A/S)
Symbion Venture Capital, Denmark, Member of Scientific Advisory Board
2002-2012 Fluxome Sciences A/S, Denmark (acquired by Evolva SA in 2012); Founder (raised more than 25 MEUR in capital), CEO (2002-2004), CSO (2002-2008), Member of BoD (2008-2012), Chairman of SAB (2008-2012)
Gothia Yeast Solutions, Sweden, Member of SAB
MycoTeQ A/S, Denmark, Founder and Chairman of BOD (has raised about 1 million € in capital, one novel antibiotics identified)
GlycoFi, Inc., USA, Member of SAB
2008- Genomatica, Inc., USA, Member of SAB
2011- MetaboGen AB, Sweden, Founder and Member of BoD
2013- Evolva SA, Switzerland, Member of SAB
2014- Biopetrolia AB, Sweden, Founder and Chairman of BoD
2014- Novogy, Inc., USA, Member of SAB
Organization of Conferences
1990- Member of organizing and scientific committee of more than 35 conferences
2000 ESBES3, Denmark, Chairman (~300 delegates)
Analysis of Microbial Cells at the Single Cell Level, Denmark, Co-Chair (~100 delegates)
2002 Metabolic Engineering IV, Italy, Chairman (~250 delegates)
European Conference on Fungal Genetics VI, Denmark, Co-Chair (~800 delegates)
2005 ECB12, Denmark, Chairman of Scientific Committee (~1200 delegates)
2008 ICSB2008, Sweden, Member of Organizing Committee (~2000 delegates)
2010 FEBS2010, Sweden, Member of Organizing Committee (~2000 delegates)
2010 Industrial Systems Biology 2010, Sweden, Chairman (~200 delegates)
2011 Key Symposium on Systems Medicine, Sweden, Chairman (~100 delegates)
2013 Copenhagen Bioscience Conference, Denmark, Co-Chairman (~150 delegates)
2015 Copenhagen Bioscience Conference, Denmark, Chairman (~150 delegates)


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