Professor Poul Nissen receives the Rigmor and Carl Holst-Knudsen Award

Professor Poul Nissen receives the Rigmor and Carl Holst-Knudsen Award

This year, the Rigmor and Carl Holst-Knudsen Award for Scientific Research goes to two internationally recognised scientists who both began their careers at Aarhus University. They are Professor Poul Nissen, who is still attached to Aarhus University as Centre Director, and Bjarne Stroustrup, who is currently Professor at the Texas A&M University, USA.

Ground-breaking cell research with therapeutic potential
Poul Nissen was born in 1967 and completed his MSc in Chemistry at Aarhus University in 1993. After completing his PhD in 1997, he was awarded the gold medal by the Danish Academy of Natural Sciences for his dissertation.

Working as a postdoctoral scholar with Thomas A. Steitz at Yale University, Professor Nissen took part in the cell research that resulted in Steitz being awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009. Professor Nissen returned to Aarhus University in 2000 to continue research into the function of cellular pumps, for which Jens Christian Skou (Professor Emeritus at Aarhus University) also received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1997.

Poul Nissen was appointed Professor of Protein Biochemistry in 2006 and Director of the newly established Centre for Membrane Pumps in Cells and Disease – PUMPKIN – at Aarhus University in 2007. The centre’s research will lead to considerable insight into pumps, which can be used to develop new and improved treatment for different conditions, such as cancer, infections and heart disease.

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Award ceremony

Announced: 28 May 2010