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Birger Lindberg Møller

Birger Lindberg Møller, PhD, DSc, is Professor of Plant Biochemistry at the Univ. of Copenhagen (Email:; Phone: +45 2043 3411) and Distinguished Professor at the Carlsberg Laboratory. He is the Director of the VILLUM Research Center for Plant Plasticity and of the Center for Synthetic Biology bioSYNergy research initiative. His research focuses on the role of bio­active natural products in plant growth and development, resistance to abiotic and biotic stresses, and in plant communication with the environment. Results from field studies are combined with studies of the enzyme complexes involved at the single molecule level. Key classes of natural products studied are cyanogenic glucosides and diterpenoids with a focus on their synthesis, turnover, storage, and role in plant-insect and plant-microbe interactions. In synthetic biology, his research group is focused on the direct channeling of photosynthetic electron flow into light-driven synthesis of high-value products by engineering the assembly of all required enzymes in the chloroplast. Target molecules are structurally complex diterpenoids with interesting medicinal properties, such as forskolin and ingenol-3-angelate. Pathways for biosynthesis of vanillin and carmine in yeast have been developed. He is an elected member of the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters and member of the International Human Rights Network of Academic and Scholarly Societies, Washington. In 2007, he was awarded the VILLUM Kann Rasmussen Research Prize, the largest Danish research award. In 2013, he was awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant, and in 2015 an ERC Proof of Concept (PoC) grant.