Seven Questions for a DDA-funded Researcher: Jens Lund

Posted on 16.03.2023

Jens Lund has just completed his PhD Scholarship on ‘Deciphering the Role of Lactate in Brown Fat – Brain Cross-Talk’ at the Faculty of Health and Medical Science, University of Copenhagen with a grant from the Danish Diabetes Academy.

Jens’ project title was ‘The role of circulating lactate in regulation of energy balance’.

We asked Jens’ to reflect on his time as a DDA-funded researcher with seven questions

What was a highlight during your time as a DDA-funded researcher?

One of many highlights was traveling to Banff and experiencing the amazing Canadian nature while ‘sciencing’ appetite regulation at a keystone symposia.

What was a low-point during your time as a DDA-funded researcher?

A general low-point has been to experience the downsides of classical peer review and scientific publishing.

Who were your most important collaborators?

My PhD project has uncovered that treatment osmolarity can be a profound confounding factor in studies of metabolites. Thus, laboratory Technician Kristoffer Racz and Associate Professor Charlotte Mehlin Sørensen from the Department of Biomedical Sciences at University of Copenhagen have been key collaborators helping us with numerous osmolarity measurements.

Which DDA event was your favourite and why?

There has been many great courses and events organised by the DDA. The DDA summer school stands out – it is a fantastic course both scientifically and in terms of socialising and creating new networks!

If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice before starting your research project, what would it be?

Perhaps to try and prioritize working more on the methods section and the manuscript draft alongside the research project instead of writing it all up at the end. 

What is next for you?

I am currently employed as a postdoc at Center for Basic Metabolic Research, University of Copenhagen. Here, my plan is to begin studying human weight gain resistance as a way to help improve prevention and treatment of obesity and cardiometabolic disorders.

Where do you hope to be in 10 years?

Hopefully, I will still be trying to understand the biology underlying obesity and cardiometabolic diseases as a researcher. Alternatively, I might be chasing the next story as an investigative science journalist.

The PhD project was also supported by a research grant from the European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes (EFSD) and Lilly European Diabetes Research Programme 2019

We wish Jens all the best in his future career.

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