Elizabeth Heather Jakobsen Neilson

Elizabeth Heather Jakobsen Neilson


I am inspired by nature and motivated by curiosity-driven science. My research pursuits apply state-of-art biotechnological platforms to interesting biological and agricultural systems with global impact. I want to contribute knowledge towards an improved and sustainable food supply and protect the environment for the generations to come. 

Scientific Focus Areas and Practical Expertise
My scientific research group focuses on plant specialized metabolism and how plant chemistry interacts with the environment (both biotic and abiotic interactions). I have broad knowledge, expertise and practical experience in plant ecophysiology (plant defense systems, abiotic stress, high- throughput phenotyping, plant-animal interactions, tree and crop biology), targeted metabolomics (GC-MS, LC-MS, MS imaging and data management), molecular biology and biochemistry. 

Short CV
2016 - Assistant Professor, Copenhagen University
2014 - 2016 Carlsberg Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Copenhagen University
2013 - 2014 Postdoctoral Fellow, Copenhagen University
2012 - 2013 Postdoctoral Fellow, Monash University

Educational Qualifications
2013 PhD (Science), The University of Melbourne "Regualtion of cyanogenic glucoside synthesis in Eucalyptus"
2006 Honours in Science (Masters Equivalent), Plant Physiology 

Grants & Prizes

2022 – 2026 DFF Sapere Aude (FTP) “SuperYUCCA: YUCCA multifunctionality for improved crop resistance”

2022 – 2024 DFF Project 1 (FNU; Inge Lehmann) “YUCCApro: Prevalence and Origin of YUCCA multifunctionality”

2019 - 2024 Novo Nordisk Emerging Investigator "liftOFF! Optimizing plant FMOs for Future production"

2016 - 2021 Villum Young Investigator “How does climate change impact plants and their herbivores?”
2016 - 2021 Danish Council for Independent Research “Improved drought tolerance and recovery via redirection of nitrogen between specialized and general metabolism”
2014 - 2016 Carlsberg Foundation “Plant adaptation to a changing environment”
2006 - 2008 Holsworth Wildlife Research Fund "Chemical defense in Eucalyptus camphora"

2016 Sapere Aude Research Talent
2006 Deans Honours List (Science)
2006 Bruce Knox Honours Prize

Leaves of absense

2017 - 18 Maternity leave (40 weeks)

2019 - 2020 Maternity/Sorrow leave (30 weeks)

2020 - 2021 Maternity leave (40 weeks)



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