Karsten Kristiansen is Professor of Molecular Biology and Head of the Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen. After graduation from the University of Copenhagen, he held postdoctoral positions at the Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Genetik in Berlin and at the Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique, Fondation Edmond de Rothschild, in Paris, before taking up a position as associate professor at the Department of Molecular Biology, Odense University, where he became full professor and Head of Department. He was recruited to his current position at the University of Copenhagen in 2008. Professor Kristiansen is member of the Danish Academy of Natural Sciences, and visiting professor at and senior advisor to BGI-Shenzhen. He serves as reviewer for a large number of journals and international funding agencies. He is scientific advisor for several biotech companies. Professor Kristiansen is currently heading a research group comprising 25 postdocs and doctorate students. His research focuses on metagenomics, genomics, and regulation of gene expression and cellular differentiation with particular emphasis on energy homeostasis and adipocyte differentiation and function. He has published more than 240 articles in refereed journals, many of which in high ranking journals such as Science, Nature, and Cell, and presented more than 300 international conference contributions and lectures.