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New AIAS Fellow Magnus Kjærgaard receives prestigious grant

Magnus is awarded a large grant by Villum Fonden's Young Investigator Programme, supporting young, talented researchers. The grant will allow Magnus to investigate how the physical association of biomolecules affects signalling pathways.

2016.01.22 | Lena Bering

On 1 February 2016, Assistant professor Magnus Kjærgaard will commence his fellowship at AIAS after returning from a 3-year stay at the University of Cambridge and a stop at iNANO, Aarhus University, now with yet another prestigious grant on his CV. Magnus has received the grant of DKK 5m for the project entitled ‘Joined at the hip: Quantifying effective concentrations in supra-molecular biological assemblies’, and it will allow recruitment of two postdocs and fund running costs of the project.

‘Receiving this grant is an important milestone as it will allow me to start my own research group and embark on an ambitious long-term research programme’, says Magnus Kjærgaard.

More about the Young Investigator Programme grant

Each year Villum Fonden grants a number of large amounts for young researchers at universities to accelerate their research careers. Villum Fonden’s Young Investigator Programme was established in 2011 to target funds to the younger - Danish as well as foreign - research talents who often stand in the shadow of the more well-known and well-established professors.

Magnus Kjærgaard’s project

‘Joined at the hip: Quantifying effective concentrations in supra-molecular biological assemblies’

Biological cells are well-organised machines, where every component has to be in the correct position. This organisation arises from binding between proteins in large dynamic complexes. The connection between the proteins affects many biochemical processes, which is currently poorly understood. The project will explore the functional effect of supra-molecular structures in biology by developing methods to measure and predict effective concentrations in protein complexes. The grant will allow recruitment of two postdocs and fund running costs.

Granted DKK 5m
Read more on: veluxfoundations.dk/en/young-investigators-2016-0

Short bio of Magnus Kjærgaard

Magnus Kjærgaard completed both his undergraduate studies and PhD in biochemistry at the University of Copenhagen concentrating on the interactions of promiscuous proteins. During this time he spent extended periods of time in California, at the University of California, San Diego and The Scripps Research Institute. After his PhD he moved to the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge to learn single molecule fluorescence techniques and study the molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration.


Magnus Kjærgaard, Assistant professor, AIAS-COFUND Fellow from 1 Feb 2016
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