Jens Nielsen, PhD, dr. tech.

Jens Nielsen, PhD, dr. tech.

Professor, Quantitative Systems Biology
Nielsenj [at]
dk Denmark

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


1986 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)
2016- Adjunct Professor, Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT), China

Academic Appointments and Merits

1994-1999 Founding Chairman, Danish Biotechnological Forum, Denmark
1995-2000 Deputy Director, Center for Process Biotechnology, DTU, Denmark
1995-1998 Co-ordinator, Physiological Engineering, Nordic Industrial Fund
1998-2002 Co-ordinator, NordPhys, Nordic Industrial Fund
2001-2003 Director, Center for Process Biotechnology, DTU, Denmark
2001-2003 Board Member, Center for BioProcess Technology, KTH, Sweden
2002 Evaluation Panel, Dutch genomics initiative (50 million EUR)
2002-2007 SAB Member, Kluywer Center for Genomics of Industrial Fermentations, TU Delft, The Netherlands
2002-2008 SAB Member, Max-Planck Institute for Dynamic of Complex Technical Systems, Germany
2003 Guest Professor, Tianjin University, China
2004-2007 Founding Director, Center for Microbial Biotechnology, DTU, Denmark
2004-2007 Member of Integrative and Systems Biology Panel, BBSRC, UK (50 million GPD)
2004- Advisory Board, Society for Biological Engineering, USA
2005 Chairman of Evaluation Committee, HepatoSys, Germany
2005-2008 Co-ordinator, Yeast Systems Biology Network, EU Framework VI
2006-2007 Founder and Board Member, Danish Biotechnological Society, Denmark
2008-2011 Member of Review Panel of, Switzerland (100 million CHF)
2008-2011 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
2016- Director of Life Science, Beijing Advanced Center for Soft Matter Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China
2016- Advisory Committee, Joint Bioenergy Institute, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, USA


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
2017 ENI Award, ENI, Italy
2017 Gold Medal, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Sweden
2017 Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Ministers Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation, Fuels and Smart Mobility Initiative, Israel


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
2015 Thomson Reuter Highly Cited Researcher
2016 Thomson Reuter Highly Cited Researcher
2017 Honorary Professor, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China
2017 Adjunct Professor, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, 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 77; >26,000 citations and >3,500 citations in 2016
Google Scholar: H-factor of 103; >45,000 citations and >5,400 citations in 2016
Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher in 2015 and 2016
506 Original Papers in Peer Reviewed Journals
98 Review Papers in Peer Reviewed Journals
25 Commentaries in Peer Reviewed Journals 46 Book Contributions
3 Text books: Bioreaction Engineering (1994,2003) (English & Chineese), Metabolic Engineering (1998) (English, Chineese & Japaneese), Metabolome Analysis (2007)
1 Monograph
4 Edited books
38 Issue patents (12 patent families)
30 Patent applications
190 Invited oral presentations at international conferences
103 Invited seminars at universities and companies

Key Grants

1993-1996 Nordic Project on Physiological Engineering, Nordic Industrial Fund (>20 million DKK)
1995-2002 4 Projects, EU Framework VI (about 8 million DKK)
1996-1999 Center for Process Biotechnology, Danish Technical Research Council (20 million DKK)
1997-2000 Nordic network NordPhys, Nordic Industrial Fund (>4 million DKK)
1999-2003 DABIC, Danish Technical Research Council (18MDKK)
2000-2007 6 Projects, EU Framework V (about 15 million DKK)
2003-2007 Heterologous production of polyketides, Danish Technical Research Council (2.8 million DKK)
2004-2008 Center for Microbial Biotechnology, Danish Technical Research Council (36 million DKK)
2005-2009 3 Projects, EU Framework VI (about 8.5 million DKK)
2005-2008 Genome sequencing of A. balhamycina, Lundbech Foundation (1.2 million DKK)
2005-2008 Yeast Systems Biology Network, EU Framework VI (1.3 million €)
2006-2008 Yeast in No Gravity, European Space Agency (2.7 million DKK)
2007-2009 Systems Biology: From model organisms to application, NORDFORSK (0.8 million €)
2008-2011 Systems Biology as a Driver for Industrial Biotechnology, EU Framework VII (1 million €)
2008-2013 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)
2014-2017 YeastCell, ITN Marie Curie, EU Framework VII( 3 MSEK)
2014-2017 QuantFung, ITN Marie Curie, EU Framework VII (5 MSEK)
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)
2016-2019 Wallenberg Center for Protein Research, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (20 MSEK)
2016-2020 CHASSY, Horizon2020 (7 MSEK)
2016-2020 DD-DeCaF, Horizon2020 (8.5 MSEK)
2016-2020 PacMEN, ITN Marie Curie, Horizon2020 (6 MSEK)
2017-2020 Biobased production of diesel and jetfuels, Energimyndigheten (4 MSEK)
2017-2023 Systems biology of the eukaryal protein secretion pathway, Stiftelsen for Strategisk Forskning (34 MSEK)
2018-2023 CellNova, Vinnova (9 MSEK) (co-PI together)

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
2017- Cell Stress, Editorial Board
2017- Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering, 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 75
Main supervisor of current PhD students 20
Co-supervisor of graduated PhD students (including visiting PhD students) 39
Current co-supervisor of PhD students 1
Former affiliated post docs 73
Current affiliated post docs and senior researchers 28

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.
1996- Consultant for several internationally leading biotech and pharmaceutical companies
1997-2001 N&N Biotechn ApS, Denmark, Founder and CEO (acquired by Fluxome A/S)
2001-2004 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)
2002-2007 Gothia Yeast Solutions, Sweden, Member of SAB
2006-2011 MycoTeQ A/S, Denmark, Founder and Chairman of BOD (has raised about 1 million € in capital, one novel antibiotics identified)
2008-2010 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
2017- Elypta AB, Sweden, Founder and Chairman of BoD

Organization of Conferences

1990- Member of organizing and scientific committee of more than 35 conferences
2000 ESBES3, Denmark, Chairman (~300 delegates)
2002 Analysis of Microbial Cells at the Single Cell Level, Denmark, Co-Chair (~100 delegates)
2002 Metabolic Engineering IV, Italy, Chairman (~250 delegates)
2004 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)


Recent publications

Research papers in international journals with peer review


S. Lee; C. Zhang; A. Muhammad; L. Zhengtao; R. Benfeitas; G. Bidkhor; S. Deshmukh; M.A. Shobky; A. Lovric; J. Boren; J. Nielsen; M. Uhlen; A Mardinoglu (2018) TCSBN: a database of tissue and cancer specific biological networks. Nucl. Acid. Res. 46:D595-D600

E. Brunk; S. Sahoo; D.C. Zielinski; A. Altunkaya; A. Dräger; N. Mih; F. Gatto; A. Nilsson; G.A.P. Gonzalez; M.K. Aurich; A. Prlic; A. Sastry; A.D. Danielsdottir; A. Heinken; A. Noronha; P.W. Rose; S.K. Burley; R.M.T. Fleming; J. Nielsen; I. Thiele; B.O. Palsson (2018) Recon3D enables a three-dimensional view of gene variation in human metabolism. Nature Biotechnol. 36:272-281

R. Ferreira; C. Skrekas; J. Nielsen; F. David (2018) Multiplexed CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing and gene regulation using Csy9 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. ACS Syn. Biol. 7:10-15

Y. Hu; Z. Zhu; J. Nielsen; V. Siewers (2018) Transporter engineering for improved fatty alcohol secretion in yeast. Meg. Eng. 45:51-58

D. Bergenholm; M. Gossing; Y. Wei; V. Siewers; J. Nielsen (2018) Modulation of saturation and chain length of fatty acids in Saccharomyces cerevisiae for production of cocoa butter-like lipids. Biotechnol. Bioeng. 115:932-942

A. Mardinoglu; H. Wu; E. Bjornson; C. Zhang; A. Hakkarainen; S.M. Räsänen; S. Lee; R.M. Mancina; M. Bergentall; K.H. Pietiläinen; S. Söderlund; N. Matikainen; M. Ståhlman; P.-O. Bergh; M. Adiels; B.D. Piening; M. Graner; N. Lundbom; K.J. Williams; S. Romeo; J. Nielsen; M. Snyder; M. Uhlen; G. Bergström; R. Perkins; H.-U. Marschall; F. Bäckhed; M.-R. Taskinen; J. Boren (2018) An integrated understanding of the rapid metabolic benefits of a carbohydrate restricted diet on hepatic steatosis in humans. Cell Metab. 27:559-571

Y. Zhou; Y. Hu; Z. Zhu; V. Siewers; J. Nielsen (2018) Engineering of 1-alkene biosynthesis and secretion by dynamic regulation in yeast. ACS Syn. Biol., in press

R. Ferreira; P.G. Teixeira; V. Siewers; J. Nielsen (2018) Redirection of lipid flux towards phospholipids in yeast increases fatty acid turnover and secretion. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA, in press

P. Jenjaroenpun; T. Wongsurawat; R. Pereira; P. Patumcharoenpol; D.W. Ussery; J. Nielsen; I. Nookaew (2018) Complete genomic and transcriptional landscape analysis using third generation sequencing: A case study of Saccharomyces cerevisiae CEN.PK113-7D. Nuc. Acid Res., in press

A. Azimi; S. Caramuta; R. Jafari; B.S. Ludlow; J. Boström; J. Robinson; F. Edfors; R. Tuominen; J. Nielsen; J. Hansson; S.E. Brage; M. Altun; J. Lehtiö; M. Uhlen; G. Maddalo (2018) Targeting CDK2 overcomes melanoma reistance against BRAF and Hsp90 inhibitors. Mol. Systems Biol., in press

Y. Wei; D. Bergenholm; M. Gossing; V. Siewers; J. Nielsen (2018) Expression of cocoa genes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae improves cocoa butter production. Microb. Cell Fac., in press

R. Ferreira; P.G. Teixeira; M. Gossing; F. David; V. Siewers; J. Nielsen (2018) Metabolic engineering of Saccharomyces cerevisiae for overproduction of triacylglycerols. Met. Eng. Com. 6:22-27

D. Carmona-Gutierrez; M.A. Bauer; A. Zimmermann; A. Aguilera; N. Austriaco; K. Ayscough; R. Balzan; S. Bar-Nun; A. Barrientos; P. Belenky; M. Blondel; R.J. Braun; M. Breitenbach; W.C. Burhans; S. Büttner; D. Cavalieri; M. Chang; K.F. Cooper; M. Côrte-Real; V. Costa; C. Cullin; I. Dawes; J. Dengjel; M.B. Dickman; T. Eisenberg; B. Fahrenkrog; N. Fasel; K.-U. Fröhlich; A. Gargouri; S. Giannattasio; P. Goffrini; C.W. Gourlay; C.M. Grant; M.T. Greenwood; N. Guaragnella; T. Heger; J. Heinisch; E. Herker; J.M. Herrmann; S. Hofer; A. Jiménez-Ruiz; H. Jungwirth; K. Kainz; D.P. Kontoyiannis; P. Ludovico; S. Manon; E. Martegani; C. Mazzoni; L.A. Megeney; C. Meisinger; J. Nielsen; T. Nyström; H.D. Osiewacz; T.F. Outeiro; H.-O. Park; T. Pendl; D. Petranovic; S. Picot; P. Polčic; T. Powers; M. Ramsdale; M. Rinnerthaler; P. Rockenfeller; C. Ruckenstuh; R. Schaffrath; M. Segovia; F.F. Severin; A. Sharon; S.J. Sigrist; C. Sommer-Ruck; M.J. Sousa; J.M. Thevelein; K. Thevissen; V. Titorenko; M.B. Toledano; M. Tuite; F.-N. Vögtle; B. Westermann; J. Winderickx; S. Wissing; S. Wölfl; Z.J. Zhang; R.Y. Zhao; B. Zhou; L. Galluzzi; G. Kroemer; F. Madeo (2018) Guidelines and recommendations on yeast cell death nomenclature. Microb. Cell 5:4-31

J. Bao; M. Huang; D. Petranovic; J. Nielsen (2018) Balanced trafficking between the ER and the Golgi apparatus increases protein secretion in yeast. AMB Express 8:37

P. Das; B. Ji; P. Kovatcheva-Datchary; F. Bäckhed; J. Nielsen (2018) In vitro co-cultures of human gut bacterial species as predicted from co-occurrence network analysis. PLOS One, in press

F. Gatto; K.A. Blum; S.S. Hosseini; M. Ghanaat; M. Kashan; F. Maccari; F. Galeotti; J. Hsieh; N. Volpi; A.A. Hakimi; J. Nielsen (2018) Plasma glycosaminoglycans as diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers in surgically treated renal cell carcinoma. Eur. Urol. Onc., in press

J. Maury; S. Kannan; N.B. Jensen; F.K. Öberg; K.R. Kildegaard; J. Förster; J. Nielsen; C.T. Workman; I. Borodina (2018) Glucose-dependent promoters for dynamic regulation of metabolic pathways. Fron. Bioeng. Biotechnol., in press


Z. Zhu; Y.J. Zhou; A. Krivoruchko; M. Grininger; Z.K. Zhao; J. Nielsen (2017) Expanding the product portfolio of fungal type I fatty acid synthases. Nature Chem. Biol. 13:360-362

L. Wenning; T. Yu; F. David; J. Nielsen; V. Siewers (2016) Establishing very long-chain fatty alcohol and wax ester biosynthesis. Biotechnol. Bioeng. 114:1025-1035

Y. Wei; V. Siewers; J. Nielsen (2017) Cocoa butter-like lipid production ability of non-oleaginous and oleaginous yeasts under nitrogen limited culture conditions. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 101:13577-3585

A. Nilsson; A. Mardinoglu; J. Nielsen (2017) Predicting growth of the healthy infant using a genome-scale metabolic model. npj Systems Biol. Appl. 3:3
A. Mardinoglu; E. Bjornson; C. Zhang; M. Klevstig; S. Söderlund; M. Ståhlman; M. Adiels; A. Hakkarainen; N. Lundbom; M. Kilicarslan; B.M. Hallström; J. Lundbom; B. Verges; P.H.R. Barret; G.F. Watts; M. Serlie; J. Nielsen; M. Uhlen; U. Smith; H.-U. Marschall; M.-R. Taskine; J. Boren (2017) Personalized genome-scale modeling identifies NAD+ and glutathione metabolism as a target for treatment of NAFLD. Mol. Sys. Biol. 13:916

Y. Wei; M. Gossing; D. Bergenholm; V. Siewers; J. Nielsen (2017) Increasing cocoa butter-like lipid production of Saccharomyces cerevisiae by expression of selected cocoa genes. AMB Express 7:34

S. Tippmann; R. Ferreira; V. Siewers; J. Nielsen; Y. Chen (2017) Effects of acetoacetyl-CoA synthase expression on production of farnesene in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. J. Ind. Biotechnol. Microbiol. 44:911-922

S. Tippmann; J. Anfelt; F. David; J.M. Rand; V. Siewers; M. Uhlen; J. Nielsen; E.P. Hudson (2017) Affibody scaffold improve sesquiterpene production in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. ACS Syn. Biol. 6:19-28

E.L. Bredeweg; K.R. Pomraning; Z. Dai; J. Nielsen; E. Kerkhoven; S.E. Baker (2017) A molecular genetic toolbox for Yarrowia lipolytica. Biotechnol. Biofuels 10:2

Y. Chen; Y. Wang; J. Nielsen (2017) Systematic inference of functional phosphorylation events in yeast metabolism. Bioinformatics 33:1995-2001
P.-J. Lahtvee; B.J. Sanchez; A. Smialowska; S. Kasvandik; I. Elsemman; F. Gatto; J. Nielsen (2017) Absolute quantification of protein and mRNA abundances demonstrate variability in gene-specific translation efficiency in yeast. Cell Systems 4:495-504

Y. Hu; J. Zhou; J. Bao; L. Huang; J. Nielsen; A. Krivoruchko (2017) Metabolic engineering of Saccharomyces cerevisiae for production of germacreme A, a precursor of beta-elemene. J. Ind. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 44:1065-1072

T. Yu; Y.J. Zhou; L. Wenning; Q. Liu; A. Krivoruchko; V. Siewers; J. Nielsen; F. David (2017) Metabolic engineering of Saccharomyces cerevisiae for production of very long chain fatty acid-derived chemicals. Nature Com. 8:15587

P.G. Teixeira; R. Ferreira; Y.J. Zhou; V. Siewers; J. Nielsen (2017) Dynamic regulation of fatty acid pools for improved production of fatty alcohols in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Microb. Cell Fac. 16:45

E.D. Jensen; R. Ferreira; T. Jakociunas; D. Arsovska; L. Ding; J.D. Smith; F. David; J. Nielsen; M.K. Jensen; J.D. Keasling (2017) Transcriptional reprogramming in yeast using dCas9 and combinatorial gRNA strategies. Microb. Cell Fac. 16:46

R. Babazadeh; P.-J. Lahtvee; C. Beck; M. Goksör; J. Nielsen; S. Hohmann (2017) The yeast osmostress response is carbon source dependent. Sci. Rep. 7:990

M.-K. Kang; Y. Zhou; N.A. Buijs; J. Nielsen (2017) Functional screening of aldehyde decarboxylases for long-chain alkane production by Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Microb. Cell Fac. 16:74

L. Väremo; T.I. Henriksen; C. Scheele; C. Broholm; M. Pedersen; M. Uhlen; B.K. Pedersen; J. Nielsen (2017) Type 2 diabetes and obesity are independently associated with similar inherent transcriptional reprogramming in human myocytes. Genome Med. 9:47

J.C. Nielsen; S. Grijseels; S. Prigent; B. Ji; J. Dainat; K.F. Nielsen; J.C. Frisvad; M. Workman; J. Nielsen (2017) Global analysis of biosynthetic gene clusters reveals vast potential of secondary metabolite production in _Penicillium _species. Nature Microbiol. 2:17044

J. Bao; M. Huang; D. Petranovic; J. Nielsen (2017) Moderate expression of SEC16 increases protein secretion by Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 83:e03400-16

E.J. Kerkhoven; Y.-M. Kim; S. Wei; C.D. Nicora; T.L. Filllmore; S.O. Purvine; B.-J. Webb-Robertson; R.D. Smith; S.E. Baker; T.O. Metz; J. Nielsen (2017) Leucine biosynthesis is involved in regulating high lipid accumulation in Yarrowia lipolytica. mBio 6:e00857-17

P. Sen; A. Mardinoglu; J. Nielsen (2017) Selection of complementary foods based on optimal nutrition values. Sci. Rep. 7:5413

A. Rodriguez; T. Strucko; S.G. Stahlhut; M. Kristensen; D.K. Svenssen; J. Forster; J. Nielsen; I. Borodina (2017) Metabolic engineering of yeast for fermentative production of flavonoids. Biores. Technol. 245:1645-1654

A. Feizi; F. Gatto; M. Uhlen; J. Nielsen (2017) Human protein secretory pathway genes are expressed in a tissue-specific pattern to match secretion demand. Systems Biol. Appl. 3:22

B.J. Sanchez; C. Zhang; A- Nilsson; P.-J. Lahtvee; E. Kerkhoven; J. Nielsen (2017) Improving the phenotype predictions of a yeast genome-scale metabolic model by incorporating enzymatic constraints. Mol. Systems Biol. 13:935

K. Thorell; J. Bengtsson-Palme; O. Liu; R.V. Gonzales; I. Nookaew; L. Rabeneck; L. Paszat; D. Graham; J. Nielsen; S, Lundin; Å. Sjöling (2017) In vivo analysis of the viable microbiota and Helicobacter pylori transcriptome in gastic infection and early stages of carcinogenesis. Infect. Immun. 85:e00031-17

S. Lee; C. Zhang; Z. Liu; M. Klevstig; B. Mukhopadhyay; M. Bergentall; R. Cinar; M. Ståhlman; N. Sikanic; J.K. Park; S. Deshmukh; A.M. Pour; T. Kuijpers; M. Grøtli; S.J. Elsässer; B.D. Piening; M. Snyder; J. Nielsen; F. Bäckhed; G. Kunos; M. Uhlen; J. Boren; A. Mardinoglu (2017) Network analysis identify liver-specific targets for treating liver diseases. Mol. Sys. Biol. 13:938

M. Huang; J. Bao; B.M. Hallström; D. Petranovic; J. Nielsen (2017) Efficient protein production by yeast requires global tuning of metabolism. Nature Com. 8:1131

G. Liu; Y. Chen; N. Færgeman; J. Nielsen (2017) Elimination of the last reactions in ergosterol biosynthesis alters the reistance of Saccharomyces cerevisiae to multiple stress. FEMS Yeast Res. 17:fox063

R. Ferreira; F. Gatto; J. Nielsen (2017) Exploiting off-targeting in guide-RNAs for CRISPR systems for editing of multiple genes. FEBS Let. 591:3288-3295

Z. Zhu; Y.J. Zhou; M.-K. Kang; A. Krivoruchko; N.A. Buijs; J. Nielsen (2017) Enabling the synthesis of medium chain alkanes and 1-alkenes in yeast. Met. Eng. 44:81-88

S. Grijseels; J.C. Nielsen; J. Nielsen; T.O. Larsen; J.C. Frisvad; K.F. Nielsen; R. Frandsen; M. Workman (2017) Physiological characterization of secondary metabolite producing _Penicillium _cell factories. Fungal Biol. Biotechnol. 4:8

A. Rodriguez; Y. Chen; S. Khoomrung; E. Özdemir; I. Borodina; J. Nielsen (2017) Comparison of the metabolic response to over-production of p-coumaric acid in two yeast strains. Met. Eng. 44:265-272

Reviews in international journals with peer review


A. Mardinoglu; J. Boren; U. Smith; M. Uhlen; J. Nielsen (2018) The employment of systems biology in gastroenterology and hepatology. Nature Rev. Gastro. Hep., in press

R. Ferreira; F. David; J. Nielsen (2018) Advancing biotechnology with CRISPR/Cas9: Recent applications and patent landscape. J. Ind. Microbiol. Biotechnol., in press

F.R. Pinu; N. Granucci; J. Daniell; T.-L. Han; S. Carneiro; I. Rocha; J. Nielsen; S.G. Villas-Boas (2018) Metabolite secretion in microorganisms: The theory of metabolic overflow put to the test. Metabolomics 14:43

C. Malina; C. Larsson; J. Nielsen (2018) Yeast mitochondria: An overview of mitochondrial biology and the potential of mitochondrial systems biology. FEMS Yeast Res., in press

B. Turanli; M. Grøtli; J. Boren; J. Nielsen; M. Uhlen; K.Y. Arga; A. Mardinoglu (2018) Drug repositioning for effective prostate cancer treatment. Fron. Physiol., in press


A. Nilsson; J. Nielsen (2017) Genome-scale metabolic modeling of cancer. Met. Eng. 43:103-112

L.J. Sweetlove; J. Nielsen; A.R. Fernie (2017) Engineering central metabolism – a grand challenge for plant biologists. Plant J. 90:749-763

J. Geng; J. Nielsen (2017) _In silico _analysis of human metabolism: Reconstruction, contextualization and application. Curr. Op. Systems Biol. 2:28-37

J. Nielsen (2017) Systems Biology of Metabolism: A Driver for Developing Personalized and Precision Medicine. Cell Met. 25:572-579

J.C. Nielsen; J. Nielsen (2017) Development of fungal cell factories for the production of secondary metabolites: linking genomics and metabolism. Synth. Systems Biotechnol. 2:5-12

G. Wang; M. Huang; J. Nielsen (2017) Exploring the potential of _Saccharomyces cerevisiae _for biopharmaceutical protein production. Curr. Opion. Biotechnol. 48:77-84

J. Nielsen (2017) Systems Biology of Metabolism. Ann. Rev. Biochem. 86:245-275

J.L. Robinson; J. Nielsen (2017) Anticancer drug discovery through genome-scale metabolic modeling. Curr. Opion. Syst. Biol. 4:1-8

J. Nielsen; J. Archer; V. Bajic; T. Gojobori; I. Mijakovic (2017) Building a biobased industry in the Middle East through harnessing the potential of the Red See biodiversity. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol., in press

D. Cook; J. Nielsen (2017) Genome-scale metabolic models applied to human health and disease. WIRE Systems Biol. Med. 9:e1393

X. Chen; C. Gao; L. Guo; G. Hu; Q. Luo; J. Liu; J. Nielsen; J. Chen; L. Liu (2017) DCEO Biotechnology: Tools to Design, Construct, Evaluate and Optimize the Metabolic Pathway for Biosynthesis of Chemicals. Chem. Rev., in press

A. Mardinoglu; J. Boren; U. Smith; M. Uhlen; J. Nielsen (2017) The employment of systems biology in gastroenterology and hepatology. Nature Rev. Gastro. Hep., in press

R. Benfeitas; M. Uhlen; J. Nielsen; A. Mardinoglu (2017) New challenges to study heterogeneity in cancer redox metabolism. _Fron. Cell Develop. Biol. _5:65

J. Bosley; C. Boren; S. Lee; M. Grøtli; J. Nielsen; M. Uhlen; J. Boren; A. Mardinoglu (2017) Improving economics of NASH/NAFLD treatment through the use of systems biology. Drug Discov. Today 22:1532-1538

Z. Gong; J. Nielsen; Y. Zhou (2017) Engineering robustness of microbial cell factories. Biotechnol. J. 12:1700014

K. Campbell; J. Xia; J. Nielsen (2017) The impact of systems biology on bioprocessing. Trends Biotechnol. 35:1156-1168

Y. Zhang; J. Nielsen; Z. Liu (2017) Engineering yeast metabolism for production of terpenoids for use a perfume ingredients, pharmaceuticals, and biofuels. FEMS Yeast Res., in press

Commentaries and Short Papers


A. Nilsson; J.R. Haanstra; B. Teusink; J. Nielsen (2018) Metabolite depletion affects flux profiling of cell lines. Trends Biochem. Sci., in press


J. Nielsen (2017) Built on stable catalysts. Nature Microbiol. 2:17085

A. Nilsson; J. Nielsen; B. Palsson (2017) Metabolic models of protein allocation call for the Kinetome. Cell Systems 5:538-541