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Elizabeth Heather Jakobsen Neilson

Elizabeth Heather Jakobsen Neilson

Assistant professor

I am inspired by nature and motivated by curiosity-driven science. My research pursuits apply state-of-art biotechnological platforms to interesting biological and agricultural systems with global impact. I want to contribute knowledge towards an improved and sustainable food supply and protect the environment for the generations to come. 

Scientific Focus Areas and Practical Expertise
My scientific research focuses on plant specialized metabolism and how plant chemistry interacts with the environment (both biotic and abiotic interactions). I have broad knowledge, expertise and practical experience in plant ecophysiology (plant defense systems, abiotic stress, high- throughput phenotyping, plant-animal interactions, tree and crop biology), targeted metabolomics (GC-MS, LC-MS, MS imaging and data management), molecular biology and biochemistry. 

Short CV
2016 - Assistant Professor, Copenhagen University
2014 - 2016 Carlsberg Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Copenhagen University
2013 - 2014 Postdoctoral Fellow, Copenhagen University
2012 - 2013 Postdoctoral Fellow, Monash University

Grants & Prizes
2016 - 2020 Villum Young Investigator “How does climate change impact plants and their herbivores?”
2016 - 2019 Danish Council for Independent Research “Improved drought tolerance and recovery via redirection of nitrogen between specialized and general metabolism”
2014 - 2016 Carlsberg Foundation “Plant adaptation to a changing environment”
2006 - 2008 Holsworth Wildlife Research Fund "Chemical defense in Eucalyptus camphora"

2016 Sapere Aude Research Talent
2006 Deans Honours List (Science)
2006 Bruce Knox Honours Prize

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