Professor Nielsen’s is group leader at UQ's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology and is dedicated to both the advancement of bioengineering science and its application to specific problems. Using thermodynamic principles, novel approaches are developed for handling complex, transient dynamics in developing tissue as well as rational design of complex pathways.
These novel approaches are used in the design of bioprocesses as diverse as the production of blood cells for transfusion and the production of industrial biopolymers. His group has two principle research areas, tissue engineering and metabolic engineering, with specific interests include haematotherapy, immunotherapy and organotypic models for the study of disease and treatment in the tissue engineering area. The Group also concentrates on polymer production in bacteria, recombinant protein and virus production in animal cells, and sugarcane engineering in the metabolic area of my research.