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Rubini Maya Kannangara

Rubini Maya Kannangara


  • Plantebiokemi

    Thorvaldsensvej 40

    1871 Frederiksberg C

    Telefon: +45 35 33 11 42

I have more than 10 years of experience in protein research (ranging from recombinant protein expression to characterization) and in molecular biology. During my research career I have worked in both academic and industrial institutions where I have been involved in projects that required collaborating with people of different scientific as well as cultural backgrounds. I have always been very committed to using science to benefit society and this is also reflected by the research projects that I have engaged in. 

I did my Master thesis work at the Carlsberg Research Center and obtained the Cand.scient (M.Sc) degree in Biology from the University of Copenhagen in 2002. Apart from becoming familiar with project management, I acquired a solid foundation in protein chemistry/molecular biology/biochemistry which included both theoretical and practical aspects. 

I continued my research career with a PhD which I was awarded in 2008 from the University of York in UK. Here I had the opportunity to further strengthen and extend my molecular biology skills but also gain practical/theoretical skills in plant genetics and bioinformatics.

Next, I returned to the University of Copenhagen to receive postdoctoral training so I could advance my skills in molecular biology/biochemistry and bioinformatics. During this period I was also involved in supervising technicians and students  (undergraduates/postgraduates) in their daily as well as long-term work.

Currently I am working for Chr. Hansen in close collaboration with the University of Copenhagen and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) to establish a heterologous expression platform to produce a natural red food colorant called carmine.

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