Morten Bækgaard Thomsen

Morten Bækgaard Thomsen


Academic degrees:

2005: PhD in Cardiology, Cardiovascular Research Institute Maastricht, Maastricht University, The Netherlands, under the guidance of Dr. M.A. Vos and Dr. P.G.A. Volders.

PhD thesis title: Beat-to-beat variability of repolarization and drug-induced torsades de pointes in the canine heart. ISBN 90-9019221-2.

2000: MSc in Human Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

1997: BSc in Biology, University of Aarhus, Denmark.


Publication summary:

Total:              45 peer-reviewed papers since 2003

H-index:          18 (Clarivate)              20 (Google Scholar)

Citations:         1,139 (Clarivate)        1,757 (Google Scholar)

OrcID:              0000-0002-2469-6458

Researcher ID:  B-5377-2009



Employment history:

2011-present: Associate professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2009-10: Assistant professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2006-08: Post-Doctoral Research Scientist at the Center for Molecular Therapeutics, Department of Pharmacology, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, New York, USA.

2005-06: Research scientist at the Department of Medical Physiology, Heart-Lung Centre Utrecht, University Medical Centre Utrecht, The Netherlands.

2001-05: H. Lundbeck, Copenhagen, Denmark.


Professional affiliations:

  • ESC  Working Group on Cardiac Cellular Electrophysiology: Nucleus member and Editor
  • The Cardiac Electrophysiological Society
  • The Scandinavian Physiological Society: Founder and Chair of Special Interest Group



Major personal funding:

  • Innovation Fund Denmark, 2017
  • Danish Heart Foundation, 2012, -13 and -17.
  • Vissing Foundation, 2016.
  • Foundation Jochum, 2016.
  • Carlsberg Foundation 2015.
  • Aase og Ejnar Danielsen Foundation, 2010 and -15.
  • The Novo Nordisk Foundation, 2012 and -18.
  • Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, Medical Research Council: Research-year student stipend, 2009, -10 and -12.
  • Heart Rhythm Society: 2006 and -07.

Participation in international research programs:

  • The Danish National Research Foundation Centre for Cardiac Arrhythmia (DARC), from 2009 to 2015.
  • Control of Intracellular Calcium and Arrhythmias (CONTICA) funded by the 6th Research Framework Programme of the EU (LSHM-CT-2005-018802), from 2005 to 2006.


Professional service:

  • Deputy Editor in Chief - Physiological Reports, 2018-21.
  • Associate Editor – Physiological Reports, 2015-17.
  • Editorial Board – Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods, 2008-present.
  • Editorial Board – Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, 2010-present.
  • Editorial Board – Heart Rhythm, 2011-2015.
  • Editorial Board – Acta Physiologica, 2014-present.
  • PhD coordinator – Department of Biomedical Sciences, 2011-2014.
  • Founder and Chair of the Special Interest Group for Cardiac Physiology under the Scandinavian Physiological Society, 2011-present.
  • Nucleus member and Editor of the Working Group for Cardiac Cellular Electrophysiology under the European Society of Cardiology, 2012-16.



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