12 January 2022

Amin Doostmohammadi receives Lars Kann-Rasmussen Prize

Novo Nordisk Foundation Assistant Professor Amin Doostmohammadi has received the first Lars Kann-Rasmussen Prize for his pioneering work in the interdisciplinary field of biological physics. The Lars Kann-Rasmussen Prize will be awarded annually to a young scientist who has made unique contributions to physics and related areas.
Amin is leading and shaping a new field that lives on the interface of physics and biology and which has been given the name Active Matter. Briefly stated, the aim is to understand the physical mechanisms that turn chemical energy into motion in living matter. Amin works on the forefront of this new field using theoretical concepts from physics and mathematics (such as topology) and often in close collaborations with experimental scientists. At NBIA Amin has established a strong junior research group based on a Villum Young Investigator grant and, most recently, also a NERD grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation. His work has attracted well-deserved attention and is likely to pave the way for further breakthroughs in the future. The precise citation for the Lars Kann-Rasmussen Prize reads as follows: For his fundamental and original contributions to the development fo the field Active Matter by the application of physical laws to the understanding of life itself.