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Department of Science, Systems & Models
Dr Jenssen earned his PhD at the University of Tromsø, Norway in 2004, did a post doc at CMDR, University of British Columbia, Canada, followed by a research associate position at the same university. In 2009 he joined as a faculty member the Dept. of Science, Systems & Models, at Roskilde University, Denmark. He is serving as a reviewer for 12 peer-reviewed journals, has reviewed international grants for the past two years, serves on several editorial boards and has published close to 50 research articles, review papers and book chapters.
Emerging infectious diseases and the escalating incidence of drug-resistant bacterial strains has fueled the hunt for new anti-infective drug candidates in recent years. A potential new therapeutic approach for treating infectious diseases is the use of cationic host defence peptides, also known as antimicrobial peptides. My research focuses on using sophisticated computer-aided prediction models to aid the development of novel peptide and peptidomimetic molecules that may potentially be used to treat both viral and bacterial pathogens. My work encompasses the generation of both directly antimicrobial peptides and those that do not directly kill the pathogen, but instead fight infection by stimulating the host’s natural innate immune system to promote the clearance of infection.
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