Københavns Universitet

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MSc projects on alkaloid biosynthesis and transport at Københavns Universitet

Plants are the world’s greenest chemists. Powered by solar energy, they produce a variety of structurally complex natural products with a range of medical and industrial applications. Despite decades of research in plant biochemistry, much remains to be discovered as to how plants produce and mobilize these compounds. Our group combines a solid background in chemistry with state-of-the-art "omics" techniques in a quest to uncover the chemical secrets of plants, with special focus on alkaloids. Biotechnological applications include the production of medicinal compounds in cost-effective systems and the removal of anti-nutritional compounds from promising crops.

Projects within the following topics are available: 

  • Biosynthesis of toxic alkaloids in lupin plants
  • Removal of toxic alkaloids from lupin beans via transport engineering
  • Elucidation and reconstitution of the biosynthetic pathway towards the medicinal alkaloid pilocarpine
  • Elucidation of the biosynthetic pathway towards the anti-nutritional pyrimidine glucosides in faba beans

MSc students joining our group will expand their knowledge within:  

  • Biochemistry and enzymology
  • Molecular biology and high-throughput cloning 
  • Transcriptomics and metabolomics
  • Analytical chemistry and chemical synthesis
  • Plant and microbial biotechnology

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