Benjamin Anderschou Holbech Jensen

Benjamin Anderschou Holbech Jensen

Assistant professor

Assistant Professor, Head of Nutritional Immunology Lab, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Affiliated as lecturer at Institute of Nutritional Medicine, Lübeck University Hospital, Germany.

Education

  • 2016: PhD in Molecular Biomedicine, Thesis Title: Insulin Resistance: A Fine-Tuned Interplay Between Diet, Intestinal Microbes and Immunity; Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen
  • 2013: MSc. Biochemistry, Major in Immunology, Thesis Title: Restoring Immune Competence in the Tumor Microenvironment; University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
  • 2012: Diploma of Engineering in Biotechnology, Process Technology and Chemistry, Thesis title: Adenoviral vaccine vectors: Vector-encoded Interleukin-2, co-expressed alongside relevant antigen, proves to enhance the durability of Ag-specific T-cells; University of Southern Denmark

Current positions

  • 2021-present: Assistant Professor, Head of Nutritional Immunology Lab, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
  • 2021-present: CSO, Defensin Therapeutics ApS, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 2020-present: Affiliated as lecturer at Institute of Nutritional Medicine, Lübeck University Hospital, Germany.  
  • 2019-present: Cofounder and CEO, Aesculus Bio ApS, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Most relevant previous positions

  • 2020-2021: International Researcher and postdoc, Section of Human Genomics and Metagenomics in Metabolism, Novo Nordisk Foundation, Center for Basic Metabolic Research, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2017-2020: Postdoc at the Phizer Research Chair ‘Pathogenesis of Insulin Resistance and Cardiometablic Complication’, Heart and Lung Institute, Axis of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine, Laval University, Canada
  • 2017-2021: Project Director, Heading a probiotic research project shared between University of Laval, Canada, and Novozymes A/S, One Health, Venture Team for Metabolic Health, Denmark
  • 2016-2017: Postdoc, Laboratory of Genomics and Molecular Biomedicine, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2015-2021: Scientific advisor. Defensin Therapeutics ApS, Denmark. 
  • 2013-2016: PhD student, Laboratory of Genomics and Molecular Biomedicine, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2011-2013: Research Assistant, Laboratories of Infectious Immunology and Experimental Virology, Department of International Health, Immunology and Microbiology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2006-2011: Laboratory Technician, Laboratories of Infectious Immunology and Experimental Virology, Department of International Health, Immunology and Microbiology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Academic awards and honors 

  • 2021: Emerging Excellence Investigator award, Novo Nordisk Foundation
  • 2021: Chairman of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), Europe, Probiotic Task Force’s Expert Group on ‘Mapping of Probiotics and their Activities in the Small Intestine Compared to the Colon’.
  • 2021: Nominated to “Scientific Discovery of the Year”, magazine Québec Science, Canada. 
  • 2021: Shared 1st authored study, Type 2 diabetes influences bacterial tissue compartmentalisation in human obesity, Featured as #BestofNatMetab2020, #6th most cited in Nature Metabolism, 2020. 
  • 2020: Shared 1st authored study, Type 2 diabetes influences bacterial tissue compartmentalisation in human obesity, Featured on the frontpage of Nature Metabolism, March 2020
  • 2018: Postdoc Fellowship for research abroad, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Novo Nordisk Foundation
  • 2017: Postdoc Fellowship for research abroad, Lundbeck Foundation

Reviewer and Editoral Experience: 

Editor: Frontiers in Allergy; Topic Editor: Metabolites

Frequently used reviewer for Cells; Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal; British Journal of Nutrition; Journal of Endocrinology; Obesity Reviews; Journal of Applied Physiology; Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis; Scientific Reports; The FASEB Journal; Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology; Scandinavian Journal of Immunology; Liver International; Nutrients; Journal of Fungi; Journal of Antibiotics; Pharmaceuticals; International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Infection and Drug Resistance; and more.

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