I have been working in the field of molecular imaging and pharmacokinetics for the last eight years, during which I have become an accomplished international in vivo scientist. Being funded directly by the The Danish Council for Independent Research over the last two years, I have experienced a high degree of independence toward
developing a strategy for establishing my own research group within the Department of Nuclear Medicine and PET-Centre at Aarhus University Hospital.
During my Ph.D. training, I focused on the development of physiologically-based positron emission tomography, PET, for studying liver dynamics, requiring mathematical modelling, pharmacokinetics, physiology, and experimental animal science.
My current research focus is on molecular imaging in neuropsychiatric disorders, mainly characterisation of new radioligands, application of modelling techniques, image-processing techniques. E.g., I have been
developing a new radioligand for brain imaging of neuropeptide type 2 receptors in the intact, living brain using positron emission tomography (PET). Advancing the compound from initial tests using
autoradiography, though modelling, and now pushing towards the first human administration.
As a scientist, I emphasise the importance of major collaborations with other universities and research institutions. I am, for example, working closely with Prof. N.J. Shah, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, Prof. Paul Zak, Claremont Graduate University, US, and Associate Prof. David Yeomans, Stanford University, USA.
As a supervisor, I embrace the interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience, bringing together students from medical, social and biological sciences as well as natural and engineering faculties. I enjoy greatly having the opportunity to supervise projects, with a main goal of motivating and inspiring others in thinking critically,
developing ideas, designing projects, carrying out research plans, and interpreting their findings. Encouraged by the success of my first master student, who recently was awarded a prestigious Wellcome Trust 4-year Ph.D. scholarship to Oxford, I have sought to further develop and challenge my supervising abilities by e.g. accepting students with very different levels of expertise, believing that all students have the ability to be successful within their potential.