Center for Dynamic Molecular Interactions (DynaMo)


Center leader:

Professor Barbara Ann Halkier


2012 - 2021

Application round:

7th Round

Host institution(s)

University of Copenhagen


81.7M DKK

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The Center investigates dynamic processes at the molecular level in multicellular organisms and aims to uncover universal principles behind them.

Key questions essential to DynaMo are

  • to understand how cellular components, within the crowded cellular milieu, with high coordination and precision are assembled in supramolecular complexes undertaking specific tasks, such as RNA and metabolite-mediated regulation.
  • to understand how cellular components are able to ‘read’ the signposts of the organism and find their way to the final destination.

As model system DynaMo uses the plant Arabidopsis thaliana (thale cress) and its defense metabolites, glucosinolates; a unique systems biology model given its extensive bioinformatic and genomic tools.

Ultimately, the Center expects to understand how higher order of structure in biology is obtained which enables a multicellular organism to function, and to sense and respond to the environment.

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Annual highlights

Highlights 2020

Highlights 2019

Highlights 2018

Latest news

New study from DynaMo explains tomatoes’ sweetness

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Three researchers with affiliation with the DNRF each receive a Villum Investigator grant

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Detailed photo of a plant’s internal transport highways wins third prize in the DNRF’s photo competition 2018

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