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Simon Geir Møller, Ph.D.

Senior Vice Provost
Professor, Biological Sciences
Newman Hall, 230G

Simon Geir Møller currently serves as Senior Vice Provost at St. John’s University. Following a four-year North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)-funded postdoctoral position at Rockefeller University Simon was appointed as an assistant professor in 2001 and as associate professor in 2004 at The University of Leicester, UK. In 2006 Simon was appointed as Professor and Chair of Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Stavanger, Norway and held a joint professorship at The Norwegian Centre for Movement Disorders. In 2009 Simon founded and became Director of Centre for Organelle Research, a research center dedicated to organelle biology. He also founded the biotechnology company Plastid Corp in 2007. Simon was appointed as a tenured professor at St John’s University, Department of Biological Sciences in 2011 and in 2014 as the Vice-Provost for Graduate Education and Research. In 2015 he became Senior Vice Provost.

Simon maintains an active research laboratory and has published more than 70 research articles and book chapters in prestigious journals such as Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Genes and Development, and EMBO Journal. He has received international recognition for his contribution to sciences including The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Young Investigator Award, The Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology (FESPB) Young Scientist Award, The Society of Experimental Biology (SEB) President’s Medal in Cell Biology and The Promega International Scientific Prize. Simon is also an elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and has had numerous advisory board and board member positions within the biotechnology industry sector.

Educational Background

  • 1995-1998: Ph.D., University of Leeds, Department of Biochemistry, UK
  • 1994-1995: Management and employment law, University of Stavanger, Norway
  • 1992-1993: M.S. with Distinction, Imperial College, Department of Biochemistry, UK
  • 1989-1992: B.S. with Honors, Class I, University of Leeds, Department of Biochemistry, UK

Areas of Responsibility

  • Graduate Enrollment Management
  • The Office of Grants and Sponsored Research
  • Office of Global Programs
  • Office of Online Learning Services
  • The Office of Institutional Research
  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Institute for Biotechnology
  • Science Advisory Committee
  • Intellectual Property
  • Research Integrity Officer
  • Faculty member and student mentor in the Department of Biological Sciences
  • Maintains an active research program on Parkinson’s Disease

In addition to his responsibilities at St. John’s University, Dr. Møller also maintains the following positions:

  • 2014-2017:     Senior Advisor, Norwegian Centre for Movement Disorders, Stavanger, Norway
  • 2007-present: CSO, Plastid AS, Norway

Professional Affiliations

  • Board Member, Plastid AS, Norway
  • Member of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences
  • EMBO Young Investigator     

University Affiliations

  • University Personnel Committee
  • Chair, Graduate Council


  • Dr. Møller has authored two books, acted as the Editor of two books and authored 12 book chapters.
  • Dr. Møller has published more than 60 journal research articles.

Recent publications (2014-2016)

  • Prabhudesai S, Bensabeur FZ, Abdullah R, Basak I, Baez S, Alves G, Holtzman NG, Larsen JP, Møller SG. (2016) LRRK2 knockdown in zebrafish causes developmental defects, neuronal loss, and synuclein aggregation.  J Neurosci Res. 2016 Jun 5. doi: 10.1002/jnr.23754. [Epub ahead of print] in press
  • Arif Pavel M, Lv C, Ng C, Yang L, Kashyap P, Lam C, Valentino V, Fung HY, Campbell T, Møller SG, Zenisek D, Holtzman NG, Yu Y. (2016) Function and regulation of TRPP2 ion channel revealed by gain-of-function mutants. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. in press 
  • Basak I and Møller SG. (2016) Plant thermotolerance proteins, misfolded proteins, and neurodegenerative diseases, In Molecular Pharming: Applications, Challenges and Emerging Areas, Wiley, in press
  • Lange J, Aaaser Lune K, Sletten C, Møller SG, Tysnes OB, Alves G, Larsen JP, Maple-Grødem J. (2015) Association of a BACE1 gene polymorphism with Parkinson’s Disease in a Norwegian population. Parkinson’s Disease, 973298
  • Patil KS, Basak I, Pal R, Ho HP, Alves G, Chang EJ, Larsen JP, Møller SG. (2015) A Proteomics Approach to Investigate miR-153-3p and miR-205-5p Targets in Neuroblastoma Cells. PLoS One. 10:e0143969.
  • Basak I, Patil KS, Alves G, Larsen JP, Møller SG. (2016) microRNAs as neuroregulators, biomarkers and therapeutic agents in neurodegenerative diseases. Cell Mol Life Sci. 73. 811-827.
  • Pal R, Larsen JP, Møller SG (2015) The Potential of Proteomics in Understanding Neurodegeneration. Int Rev Neurobiol. 121:25-58.
  • Linster E, Stephan I, Bienvenut WV, Maple-Grødem J, Myklebust LM, Huber M, Reichelt M, Sticht C, Møller SG, Meinnel T, Arnesen T, Giglione C, Hell R, Wirtz M. (2015) Downregulation of N-terminal acetylation triggers ABA-mediated drought responses in Arabidopsis. Nat Commun. 6:7640.
  • Jami MS, Salehi-Najafabadi Z, Ahmadinejad F, Hoedt E, Chaleshtori MH, Ghatrehsamani M, Neubert TA, Larsen JP, Møller SG. (2015) Edaravone leads to proteome changes indicative of neuronal cell protection in response to oxidative stress. Neurochem Int. 90:134-41.
  • Dunne A, Maple-Grødem J, Gargano D, Haslam RP, Napier JA, Chua NH, Russell R, Møller SG. (2014) Modifying fatty acid profiles through a new cytokinin-based plastid transformation system. Plant J. 80:1131-8.
  • Abdullah R, Basak I, Patil KS, Alves G, Larsen JP, Møller SG. (2014) Parkinson's disease and age: The obvious but largely unexplored link. Exp Gerontol. 68:33-8.
  • Jami MS, Pal R, Hoedt E, Neubert TA, Larsen JP, Møller SG. (2014) Proteome analysis reveals roles of L-DOPA in response to oxidative stress in neurons. BMC Neurosci. 15:93.
  • Björkblom B, Maple-Grødem J, Puno MR, Odell M, Larsen JP, Møller SG. (2014) Reactive oxygen species-mediated DJ-1 monomerization modulates intracellular trafficking involving karyopherin β2. Mol Cell Biol. 34:3024-40.
  • Patil KS, Basak I, Lee S, Abdullah R, Larsen JP, Møller SG. (2014) PARK13 regulates PINK1 and subcellular relocation patterns under oxidative stress in neurons. J Neurosci Res. 92:1167-77.
  • Basak I, Pal R, Patil KS, Dunne A, Ho HP, Lee S, Peiris D, Maple-Grødem J, Odell M, Chang EJ, Larsen JP, Møller SG. (2014) Arabidopsis AtPARK13, which confers thermotolerance, targets misfolded proteins. J Biol Chem. 289:14458-69.
  • Gebriel M, Prabhudesai S, Uleberg KE, Larssen E, Piston D, Bjørnstad AH, Møller SG. (2014) Zebrafish brain proteomics reveals central proteins involved in neurodegeneration. J Neurosci Res. 92:104-15. 


  • Dr. Møller is an Assigned Inventor on 11 patents

Previously held positions at St. John's University

  • Graduate Director, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Professor (tenured) Department of Biological Sciences

Research Funding

Since 2002, Dr. Møller has secured over 12 million dollars in extramural research funding. Presently, he has a research grant from The Norwegian Research Council ($950,000), two research grants from the West of Norway Health Authority ($500,000), The Norwegian Centre for Movement Disorders ($85,000), and The Norwegian Parkinson’s Disease Association ($35,000).


Since 2001, Dr. Møller has been invited to be a Plenary Speaker or Speaker at over 40 conferences on topics related to his field. He has also chaired or organized several conferences in the area of Biological Sciences.