Claus Nielsen

Claus Nielsen
PhD Student
Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy
University of Southern Denmark
Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M


Room: V12-605b-2
Tel: +45-6550-2505

Short CV

2015-2019: Ph.d. in Quantum Biology and Computational Biophysics at SDU.
2014-2017: Master in Physics at SDU.
2010-2014: Bachelor in Physics, Chemistry and Math at SDU.
2013: Awarded an Oticon Scholarship.

Research Interests: Magnetoreception, spin-dynamics, atomic and molecular structure, interactions between light and matter.


Teaching assistant in the following courses:


Current Research and Development Projects

Cryptochrome structure prediction
Most of the available crystal structures for cryptochrome proteins are incomplete, so I am trying to construct the missing part of Arabidopsis t. cryptochrome 1 by computational approaches.

Realistic spin chemical model for magnetoreception
So far the models used to investigate the radical pair-based mechanism utilized by migratory birds to sense the geomagnetic field have been somewhat artificial. I want to create as realistic a model as possible, and use it to evaluate the capabilities of the photoreceptor protein Cryptochrome to act as a compas sensor molecule. Read more on the Research Area page.

Spin Dynamics Software development
I am currently developing a spin dynamics software package, that I will use to create and test my spin chemical models for magnetoreception.

VIKING Development
I am also participating in development of VIKING, currently as designer of the user interface. Read more about VIKING here.


Introducing VIKING: A Novel Online Platform for Multiscale Modeling, Vasili Korol, Peter Husen, Emil Sjulstok, Claus Nielsen, Ida Friis, Anders Frederiksen, Adrian Bøgh Salo, Ilia A. Solov'yov, ACS Omega, 5, 1254-1260, (2020)
Molecular Oxygen Binding in the Mitochondrial Electron Transfer Flavoprotein, Peter Husen, Claus Nielsen, Carlos F. Martino, Ilia A. Solov'yov, Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling, 59, 4868-4879, (2019)
MolSpin — Flexible and extensible general spin dynamics software, Claus Nielsen, Ilia A. Solov'yov, Journal of Physical Chemistry, 151, 194105-(1-13), (2019)
Towards predicting intracellular radiofrequency radiation effects, Claus Nielsen, Ron Hui, Wing-Yee Lui, Ilia A. Solov'yov, PLoS ONE, 14, e0213286, (2019)
Et radikalt kompas viser fugelene vej, Emil Sjulstok, Claus Nielsen, Ilia A. Solov'yov, Aktuel Naturvidenskab, 5, 30-33, (2018)