Elizabeth Heather Jakobsen Neilson

Elizabeth Heather Jakobsen Neilson


Plant Ecophysiology Research Group

The Plant Ecophysiology Research Group aims to understand the molecular regulation, integration and evolution of plant general and specialized pathways, providing fundamental knowledge for application to environmental, agricultural and biotechnological platforms. This is achieved by utilizing a full “omics” toolbox, combing phenomics, metabolomics, proteomics and transcriptomics.


Scientific Highlights

- Evolution, structure, function and application of plant FMOs, with a focus on environmental stress resistance

- Role and regulation of specialized metabolism in Eucalyptus in response to biotic and abiotic stress using an integrated “omics” approach

- Identification and characterization of pathway partners involved in plant general and specialized metabolism, with a focus on cytochromes P450 and flavin containing monooxygenases (FMOs)

- Utilization of plant phenomics to visualize and improve drought tolerance and recovery in sorghum by redirection of nitrogen between specialized and general metabolism

- Evolution of general and specialized metabolite pathways in ferns

- Untargeted metabolomic approach to understand the detoxification of specialized metabolites by marsupials 


Current Funding

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"

Previous Funding

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"

2014-2015 Carlsberg Foundation Postdoctoral Grant "Plant adaptation to a changing environment"
2013-2019 VILLUM Research Center for Plant Plasticity (co-PI; Project Manager for two themes)
2006-2008 Holsworth Wildlife Research Fund 



Current Group Members

Cecilie Cetti Hansen, Postdoc

Joachim Møller Christensen, PhD

Ingvild Ryde, PhD (University of Iceland)

Delphine Pottier, Research Assistant

Augustin Baussay, ERASMUS Visiting MSc 

Former Group Members

Gunbileg Disan, Postdoc
Mette Sørensen, PhD
Sara Thodberg, PhD
Bruna Marques dos Santos, PhD

Amalie Bendtsen, MSc/Research Assistant

Xinxing Xia, PhD

Juliane Zibrandtsen, MSc
Thiago Veiga, Visiting research from Fedral University of Sao Paulo
Anne Jeppesen, MSc


Collaborating Partners

Prof Liz Gillam, University of Queensland

Ancestral Sequence Reconstruction of plant FMOs

Prof Ian Godwin, University of Queensland
Cereal biotechnology and gene editing

Prof Pablo Sobrado, Virginia Tech

FMO structure and function

Assoc. Prof Mattias Thelander, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

YUCCA functionality in moss

Prof Riikka Rinnan, University of Copenhagen
VOC emission and specialized metabolism in trees
Prof Ros Gleadow, Monash University 
Regulation of growth and chemical defense in response to abiotic stress in Sorghum
Prof Philip Hugenholtz, University of Queensland
Specialized metabolite detoxification by marsupials: animal, microbe or both?
Dr Ben Moore & Dr Paul Rymer, University of Western Sydney
How does climate change impact wildlife systems? Eucalyptus and the koala

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