Jørgen FP Wojtaszewski

Department of Nutrion, Exercise and Sports, The August Krogh Section for Molecular Physiology

University of Copenhagen

Jørgen FP Wojtaszewski

Jørgen Frank Pind Wojtaszewski is professor at Department of Nutrition Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, and is heading the The August Krogh Section for Molecular Physiology.

Jørgen achieved his MSci in Human Physiology in 1992 from the Faculty of Science and his MSci in Human Biology in 1994 from the Faculty of Health both at The University of Copenhagen. He was in 1997 awarded the degree of PhD in Natural Science. Jørgen Wojtaszewski received 8 years of post doctoral training in physiology and molecular physiology through research conducted at the August Krogh Institute, University of Copenhagen, at the Copenhagen Muscle Research Center, DK and at Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard University, Boston US.

Jørgen Wojtaszewski was appointed Senior Research Officer at the Copenhagen Muscle Research Center in 2003 and in 2004 he was appointed associate professor. He has served as professor in Molecular Physiology since 2008 at University of Copenhagen. Jørgen Wojtaszewski is also head of The August Krogh Club (// akc.ku.ck). Since 2016 Jørgen Wojtaszewski has served as NamedPerson at the Faculty of Science (UCPH) and he has served as member in the educational board at Danish Diabetes Academy since 2012.

Our research focus on the mechanism(s) by which physical activity promotes metabolic health. Our studies have focused on the role of the energy sensor AMP activated protein kinase in promoting adaptations to exercise training and to a single bout of exercise. Of particular interest for more than 20 years have been the interaction at the intracellular level between exercise-induced signaling events and those induced by insulin trying to elucidate the mechanisms by which a single bout of exercise can improve muscle insulin sensitivity. Our approaches to gain such insights include invasive studies of healthy and diseased subjects in combination with mechanistic studies using animal models - including various transgenic approaches. We seek to adapt state of art technologies in our research - including metabolomics, proteomics and phosphoproteomics analyses. Further, we seek to gain insight at the single muscle fiber level using both biochemistry and imaging techniques. In collaborations with various clinical laboratories and pharma industries, we aim to translate our findings into relevance for patients and society.