Martin Frederik Laursen

Associate Professor

Martin Frederik Laursen

DTU National Food Institute

Research Group for Gut, Microbes and Health

Henrik Dams Allé

Building 202 Room 1206

2800 Kgs. Lyngby



Martin Frederik Laursen


EXPERTISE Basic and molecular microbiology: Culturing aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, isolation and characterization of gut bacteria, in vitro growth assays, microscopy, DNA/RNA extraction, primer design/validation, PCR, qPCR, RT-qPCR, molecular cloning, restriction enzyme analysis, transcriptomics, next generation sequencing (whole genome, transcriptome and 16S rRNA amplicon based). Bioinformatics, data analysis and statistics: Genome assembly, transcriptome analysis, 16S rRNA amplicon sequence analysis. Data analysis, uni- and multivariate statistics and data-visualization of microbiome data. Data integration of complex human cohort study data on microbiome, dietary patterns, anthropometrical data, health parameters and environmental factors. Laboratory animal experimentation: Design and management of animal experiments in conventional and/or germ free/gnotobiotic mice, investigating bacterial colonization, influence of HMOs/prebiotics, bacterial in vivo metabolism, in vivo production of therapeutics via engineered probiotics, impact of gut microbes on immune function and disease models of inflammatory bowel diseases. Infant gut microbiome: Expert knowledge on the factors that influence the development of the infant gut microbiota, through many years of work with multidisciplinary data analysis from separate infant cohort/intervention studies and very strong literature knowledge within the field.