Professor Jens Nielsen gave Zhang Dayu Lecture(XIX)

Supported by the Zhang Dayu Lectureship funding from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP), Jens Nielsen, professor of Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, was invited to visit DICP during December 3-4, 2015.

On December 3, Prof. Nielsen, delivered the Zhang Dayu lecture (XIX) entitled as “Yeast as a Platform Cell Factory for Production of Fuels and Chemicals” at the conference hall of Biotechnology Building. Prof. Zongbao K. Zhao presided the meeting and Academician Tao Zhang, the director of DICP, presented the “Zhang Dayu Lectureship Certificate” to Prof. Nielsen.

In his lecture, Prof. Nielsen presented the application status and prospects of yeast cell factory. He also systematically summarized synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, and system biology tools for metabolism network and platform cell factory design. He also answered a number of questions from the audiences and talked more details on some specific issues beyond his lecture.

After the lecture, Prof. Nielsen visited several research groups of Division of Biotechnology. Group PIs and researchers participated in the in-depth academic exchange and discussion.

    

Professor Jens Nielsen gave Zhang Dayu Lecture(XIX) (Photo by Wansheng Liu)

Jens Nielsen has an MSc degree in Chemical Engineering and a PhD degree (1989) in Biochemical Engineering from the Danish Technical University (DTU). He established his independent research group in DTU and was appointed full Professor there in 1998. In 2008 he was recruited as Professor and Director to Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, where he is currently directing a research group of over 50 people. He has founded several companies that have raised more than 20 million € in venture capital. He has received numerous awards such as Charles D. Scott Award and Merck Award for Metabolic Engineering. He is member of the Academy of Technical Sciences in Denmark, National Academy of Engineering in USA, the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in USA, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.(Text: Wujun Liu, Picture: Wansheng Liu)

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