Nanna Bjarnholt

Nanna Bjarnholt

Associate Professor


2010: Completed the teaching course “University Science Teaching and Learning”
2007: Obtained the PhD degree in Plant Biochemistry at University of Copenhagen
2003: MSc in Environmental Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, UCPH


Since 2014: Associate Professor, Section for Plant Biochemistry, Dept. of Plant and Environmental Sciences, UCPH
2008-2014: Post doc at Section for Plant Biochemistry, Dept. of Plant and Environmental Sciences, UCPH 2004-2007: PhD fellow, at Section for Plant Biochemistry, Dept. of Plant and Environmental Sciences, UCPH
2003-2004: 2004 Research assistant, at Section for Plant Biochemistry, Dept. of Plant and Environmental Sciences, UCPH

Fellowships, grants and awards

2017: VILLUM Young Investigator Grant, awarded by the VILLUM Foundation, Denmark
2012: Co-author of application for research center of excellence: VILLUM Research Center for Plant Plasticity (, awarded by The VILLUM Foundation, DK2008: Co-applicant of the five-year project: “Merger of Primary and Secondary Metabolism”, awarded by the Danish Research Council

2008: Two-year personal postdoctoral fellowship awarded by UCPH
2007: Salary bonus in open competition for setup, maintenance and colleague assistance with LC-MS equipment awarded by Dept. of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, UCPH
2005: Travel grant from the PhD association “Jordbrugsakademikerne” to attend course in modern analytical chemistry in Turku, Finland.
2004: PhD scholarship, awarded by Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (2004-2007)

Commissions of trust

Since 2010: Peer review of several manuscripts submitted to the scientific journals Phytochemistry, Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, Scientific Reports
2015: Chairman of opponents for PhD-defense (internal member of committee), UCPH


I am currently principal supervisor of one PhD student and co-supervisor of one postdoc fellow.
2005-2016: Principal supervisor of one Phd, one MSc and three BSc projects. Co-supervisor of four PhD and two BSc projects as well as a number of theme project student reports.

Teaching activities

Since 2017: Biochemistry 2; specialized metabolites (second year BSc students)
2015: Biochemistry 2; amino acids (second year BSc students)
Since 2015: Biochemistry 1 (second year students)
Since 2012: Censoring written and oral exams at first year chemistry course
Since 2008: Plant Genomics; metabolomics (third year BSc students)
2011: Guest lecturer; Beer and Wine course (graduate students)
2009: Guest lecturer; Molecular Plant Biochemistry and Physiology (graduate students)
2005-2013: Responsible for Lab exercise in Biochemistry 2
2005-2007: Tutor; Lab exercises in Experimental Molecular Biology

All within University of Copenhagen

Institutional responsibilities

Since 2015: Member of a Department committee for developing the subject of plant breeding
Since 2015: Member of the Senior Staff Coordination Group at Section for Plant Biochemistry
2015: Co-organizer of LC-MS workshop for colleagues
Since 2013: Elected scientific staff representative in Departmental Council
2011: Member of a committee for restructuring of the Department
2009-2011: Organizer at own initiative of internal seminar series “Science micro-workshops” aimed at facilitating collaborations between sections of the department


Since 2006: Teaching high school students about PCR, genetic engineering and specialized metabolites
Since 2004: Popular science festivals, lectures about specialized metabolites and genetic engineering

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