Noah Mottelson


College / University

University of Copenhagen

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major Subjects

Molecular Biomedicine, Molecular and Cell Biology




Lab Experience

General biochemical and molecular biology techniques such as DNA/RNA extraction, sequencing, yeast-two hybrid screening, Western and Northern blotting, PCR, affinity chromatography, enzyme kinetics assays, scanning electron microscopy, DNA barcoding, comet assay, basic R and python programming.

Projects / Research

08/2016 – 01/2017 "Anhydrobiosis in the tardigrade Ramazzottius oberhaeuseri". Bachelor thesis at University of Copenhagen

Scholarships / Awards

2017 – 2018: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School
2015: Novo Nordisk International Talent Program


Currently I am particularly fascinated by evolutionary and molecular developmental biology. It boggles my mind that the complexity and diversity of animal anatomy can be achieved by such relatively simple mechanisms as morphogen gradients and cell-cell interactions. The fact that body plans are determined by developmental programs makes development one of the most powerful ways of understanding evolution. The counterintuitive results from this branch of research (e.g. that many developmental genes are highly conserved across huge evolutionary distances) makes this field that much more interesting. Despite this, my scientific interests are broad, and include systems biology, mechanobiology, microscopy, molecular genetics and immunology. I look forward to sampling several fields before specializing, as the program in Göttingen allows.