PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF PLANT BIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY/SECTION FOR PLANT BIOCHEMISTRY, DIRECTOR OF THE SECTION FOR “PLANT PATHWAY DISCOVERY” IN THE NOVO NORDISK FOUNDATION CENTER FOR BIOSUSTAINABILITY, MSC, PHD & DSC
Birger Lindberg Møller obtained his MSc, PhD and DSc from the University of Copenhagen in 1972, 1975 and 1984, respectively. BLM was a Fulbright Fellow at Eric Conn´s laboratory, UC Davis, in 1975-77 working with cyanogenic glucosides. From 1977-1984 he was Senior Scientist and Niels Bohr Fellow at the Department of Physiology, Carlsberg Laboratory studying photosynthesis. In 1984 he was appointed Research Professor and in 1989 Professor at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, now part of the University of Copenhagen. In the period 1998-2008 he served as Head of Centre for Molecular Plant Physiology (PlaCe) founded by the Danish National Research Foundation. In 2008, he was appointed Director of the research centre “Pro-Active Plants” supported by the Villum Foundation and in 2010, Director of the Center for Synthetic Biology funded by the Danish Ministry of Science. In 2011 he became Director of the section for “Plant Pathway Discovery” in the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for BioSustainability.
He is an elected member of the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters and of the Danish Academy of Natural Sciences. He is member of the International Human Rights Network of Academic and Scholarly Societies, Washington. In 2007, Birger Lindberg Møller was awarded the Villum Kann Rasmussen Research Prize, the largest Danish research award (700 million kroner).
One of his main research interests is the synthesis, turn-over and storage of cyanogenic glucosides and terpenoids, and their role in plant, insect and plant microbe interactions.