Research topics

The research carried out at the Department of Biomedicine focuses on cellular and molecular techniques such as cell biology, biomembrane transport, cell transport, epithelial transport, stereology, cellular genetics, human genetic and epigenetic techniques, proteomics and mass spectrometry - all relevant to a wide range of studies in cell physiology and cell pathology. The research covers basic research, translational research and interdisciplinary research.

The results are used to improve diagnostics, counselling and treatment of patients.

Research in the area of Biomedicine at Aarhus University is divided into 9 topics.

The topics are described in detail at the Department of Biomedicine website:


The aim of the neurobiological research at the Department is to understand why diseases occur in the central nervous system, and how they evolve. The research focuses on developing processes that are relevant to diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and epilepsy.

Cell membranes

English translation will follow:
Formålet med forskningen i cellemembraner er at få indsigt i de parametre, der har betydning for deres funktion og struktur. Defekt membranfunktion kan føre til lidelser som f.eks. migræne, malaria, forhøjet blodtryk og nyresygdomme.


The research aims to increase our understanding of diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and eye disorders, which in some cases may be due to defective transport of proteins in the blood, changes in biochemical reactions or defective maturation of proteins.


The aim of research in pharmacology is to identify and examine the effect of drugs and use this knowledge in the treatment of diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes.


English version will follow:
Formålet for forskningen i fysiologi er bl.a. at opnå en bedre forståelse af hjertets kredsløb, af mekanismer for transport af vand via nyrerne samt af, hvordan ioner transporteres over cellulære membraner. Derudover er målet at undersøge, hvordan muskler fungerer under iltfrie forhold samt deres afhængighed af natrium- og kalium-ioner.

Cell biology

The causes of diseases such as diabetes, kidney disorders, neurodegenerative diseases and osteoporosis are investigated.

The cell biological research at the Department of Biomedicine focuses on communication between cells by both ion and hormone signalling, the interaction between proteins, the significance of ion channels in tissue function and cellular mechanisms that exist in health and disease.


Studies of the variation of the human genome and genetic factors that influence disease development in humans. This knowledge is used in the development of new therapies and diagnostic tools as well as advice in relation to genetic and acquired diseases. We study the genes important for disease development and treatment of numerous diseases such as mental illness, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, cardiovascular diseases and allergies. Furthermore, we research in methods for gene therapeutic treatment of eye diseases and disorders related to the skin and metabolism.


The purpose of this research is to gain a better understanding of the human bacterial flora and the body's interaction with bacteria. This knowledge can be of importance not only for the classic infectious diseases, but possibly also for lifestyle diseases such as obesity and cancer.

Virology and immunology

The studies investigate how the virus is detected and controlled by the infected cell immune system and how processes such as cell division and cell death are affected by infections. We study what the relationship between virus and host means for the development and progress of a number of diseases, including various types of cancer and rheumatic diseases.