Elite Research Prize was given to pioneer researcher who aims to fight neurological diseases

Technical University of Denmark

In 2019, Alexander Kai Büll joined DTU Bioengineering, where he was appointed professor. Since he arrived at DTU, he has received a range of impressive grants. Most recently, he was awarded the prestigious Elite Research Prize by the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science for his ground-breaking research into proteins, which are essential building blocks in humans and plants. His primary focus is on what happens when proteins don’t fulfill their intended function and instead cause neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

“My research started in quite a different field from biomedicine, but I knew I needed to work with something that benefits people. For me, proteins are one of the most fascinating and versatile things there are, and they’re relevant to everything,” says Alexander Kai Büll.

The cornerstones of Alexander Kai Büll’s research are innovation and the desire to experiment. He has a remarkable ability to develop new insights by combining different theories and methods. He has also received a Lundbeck Experiment grant, which will investigate how so-called DNA origami can transport drugs into the core of a diseased area, for example, in the brain, and release the medicine with great precision.

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