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Postdoc wins the Danish award for ‘Best PhD in Medicinal Chemistry’

Postdoc Esben Bjerregaard Svenningsen received the Danish award for ’Best PhD in Medicinal Chemistry 2022-2023’ last week.

Portrait of Esben Bjerregaard Svenningsen, sitting in the laboratory with a pipette in his hand.
Postdoc Esben Bjerregaard Svenningsen. Photo: Jakob Laust Hviid, Department of Chemistry, AU.

Esben was selected by the board of the Danish Society for Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology (DSMKB) based on candidate nominations, CV and his oral presentation. As winner, Esben will represent Denmark in September at the EFMC Young Medicinal Chemists’ Symposium, a European competition for the best PhDs in medicinal chemistry.

Esben did his PhD in the research group of Professor Thomas Poulsen. It focused on the biological evaluation of compounds produced in the research group. For this purpose, he single-handedly established the Cell Painting assay and used it for biological evaluation of compound collections. Among others, he discovered a protein synthesis inhibitor and studied the antiviral mechanism of polyether ionophores. The assay can speed up otherwise tedious biological studies, enabling faster and better testing, potentially aiding the discovery of new drugs.

Congratulations on the award, Esben.