Elizabeth Heather Jakobsen Neilson

Elizabeth Heather Jakobsen Neilson

Assistant professor

Member of:

    Plant Ecophysiology Research Group

    The Plant Ecophysiology Research Group aims to understand the molecular regulation, integration and evolution of plant general and specialized pathways, providing fundamental knowledge for application to environmental, agricultural and biotechnological platforms. This is achieved by utilizing a full “omics” toolbox, combing phenomics, metabolomics, proteomics and transcriptomics.


    Scientific Highlights
    - Role and regulation of specialized metabolism in Eucalyptus in response to biotic and abiotic stress using a full and integrated “omics” approach

    - Utilization of plant phenomics to visualize and improve drought tolerance and recovery in sorghum by redirection of nitrogen between specialized and general metabolism

    - Identification and characterization of pathway partners involved in general and specialized metabolism, with a focus on cytochromes P450 and flavin containing monooxygenases (FMOs)

    - Evolution of general and specialized metabolite pathways in ferns

    - Using an untargeted metabolomic approach to understand the detoxification of specialized metabolites by marsupials 


    Current Funding
    2019 - 2024 Novo Nordisk Emerging Investigator "liftOFF! Optimizing plant FMOs for Future production"

    2016 - 2020 VILLUM Young Investigator “How does climate change impact plants and their herbivores?”

    2016 - 2020 Danish Council for Independent Research “Improved drought tolerance and recovery via redirection of nitrogen between specialized and general metabolism”

    Previous Funding
    2014-2015 Carlsberg Foundation Postdoctoral Grant "Plant adaptation to a changing environment"
    2013-2019 VILLUM Research Center for Plant Plasticity (co-PI)
    2006-2008 Holsworth Wildlife Research Fund 
    2009 ANZ NZ Research Network for Vegetation Function


    Current Group Members
    Gunbileg Disan, Postdoc
    Mette Sørensen, PhD
    Sara Thodberg, PhD
    Bruna Marques dos Santos, PhD
    Cecilie Cetti Hansen, Integrated MSc & PhD
    Xinxing Xia, PhD
    Amalie Kofoed, MSc
    Mona Nourbakhsh, Bachelor

    Former Group Members
    Juliane Zibrandtsen, MSc
    Thiago Veiga, Visiting research from Fedral University of Sao Paulo
    Anne Jeppesen, MSc

     Group Photo January 2018

    Student projects are currently available:

    Chemical defense in Eucalypt trees
    Are eucalypt leaf volatiles inducible?


    Collaborating Partners
    Prof Riikka Rinnan, University of Copenhagen
    VOC emission and specialized metabolism in trees
    Prof Ros Gleadow, Monash University 
    Regulation of growth and chemical defense in response to abiotic stress in Sorghum
    Dr Bettina Berger, University of Adelaide
    Phenomic imaging of cereals in response to abiotic stress
    Prof Philip Hugenholtz, University of Queensland
    Specialized metabolite detoxification by marsupials: animal, microbe or both?
    Dr Ben Moore, University of Western Sydney
    How does climate change impact wildlife systems? Eucalyptus and the koala
    Prof Ian Godwin, University of Queensland
    Nitrogen use efficiency in Sorghum
    Prof Thomas Sicheritz-Ponten, Technical University of Denmark
    Using deep learning to link plant phenotype and metabolism


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