Associate Professor Philip Francis Thomsen receives the prestigious Carlsberg Foundation Distinguished Fellowship

The Distinguished Fellowship makes it possible for Dr. Thomsen to create a state-of-the environmental DNA research facility at the Department of Bioscience.

14.12.2018 | Else Vihlborg Staalsen

Associate Professor Philip Francis Thomsen

Associate Professor Philip Francis Thomsen

One of the greatest challenges in the world today is the decline in biodiversity. The new eDNA research facility focuses on studying genetic diversity and community compositions from several types of samples. It can be applied regardless of whether the species have been described, and can be used to retrieve information on the yet unknown parts of our biodiversity. Halting biodiversity loss is central to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of Life Below Water and Life on Land. Being at the forefront of eDNA research is therefore not an exclusive an academic exercise, but has the potential to make global societal impact. The grant amounts to close to DKK 4.5 mio.

Read more here: https://www.carlsbergfondet.dk/da/Forskningsaktiviteter/Bevillingsstatistik/Bevillingsoversigt/CF18_0949_Philip-Francis-Thomsen

Dr. Thomsen leads another large project that map life along Denmark’s coastline using eDNA, a project supported by the Velux Foundation. Read more here:

http://bios.au.dk/aktuelt/vis/artikel/stort-projekt-skal-kortlaegge-livet-langs-danmarks-kyster-med-ny-dna-metode/  

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