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2 ABC-projects - Ant Brain Comparison in Monomorium pharaonis
Supervisor: Manuel Nagel, Guojie Zhang

Alder – a tree with a double symbiosis with both N-fixing bacteria and ectomycorrhizal fungi
Supervisor: Rasmus Kjøller

Amino acid and glucose sensors from yeast and humans
Supervisor: Peter Scharff-Poulsen and Per Amstrup Pedersen

Analysis of plant constituents with spectroscopical and chemical methods
Supervisor: Anders Michelsen and Riikka Rinnan

Anti-obesity effects of brown fat in mammals
Supervisor: Jacob B. Hansen

Anti-viral immune system CRISPR-Cas type I-D working mechanism
Supervisor: Xu Peng

Aquatic re-established ecosystems
Supervisor: Kaj Sand-Jensen, Theis Kragh and Lars Båstrup-Spohr

Arctic soil volatiles - coupling to vegetation phenology and disturbance
Supervisor: Riikka Rinnan & Christian Albers (GEUS)

Are differences in the composition of gut communities between different fungus-growing termite genera driven by consumption of different food fungi?
Supervisor: Aram Mikaelyan and Michael Thomas-Poulsen

Are eucalypt leaf volatiles inducible?
Supervisor: Riikka Rinnan (BIO), Elizabeth Neilson (PLEN)

Arms Race in hyperthermophilic archaea (virus - host interactions)
Supervisor: Xu Peng

ATP signalling in cancer and diabetes
Supervisor: Ivana Novak

Bacterial composition, diversity and function in marine waters - molecular microbiology projects
Supervisor: Lasse Riemann

Bacterial cooperation in multispecies biofilms associated to food production devices
Supervisor: Søren J. Sørensen og Mette Burmølle

Biodiversity and food chain interactions in arctic lakes
Supervisor: Kirsten S. Christoffersen

Biogenic volatile organic compounds - release from plants, microbes and ecosystems
Supervisor: Riikka Rinnan and others depending on the topic

Bioinformatics approaches for assembly and characterization of novel circular complete plasmids from publically available Escherichia coli genomes
Supervisor: Søren J. Sørensen og Waleed Abu Al-Soud

Calcium signaling in health and disease
Supervisor: Martin W. Berchtold

Can bacteria save the baroque garden at Frederiksborg Castle from nematode attack?
Supervisor: Mette Vestergård

Cell cycle and genome stability
Supervisor: Christian Holmberg, Olaf Nielsen

CENPERM - Center for Permafrost
Supervisor: Anders Michelsen, Riikka Rinnan, Anders Prieme, Helge Ro-Poulsen

Characterization of bacterial mercury resistance in High Arctic bacteria
Supervisor: Niels Kroer (nk@bio.ku.dk) & Søren J. Sørensen (sjs@bio.ku.dk)

Characterization of newly discovered proteins of the Unfolded Protein Response pathway
Supervisor: Lars Ellgaard

Climate change - rise of the jellyfish?
Supervisor: Anders Garm

CO2 emission and release of volatile organic compounds after 10 years of changed environmental conditions
Supervisor: Anders Michelsen and Riikka Rinnan

Contrasting submergence tolerance in two wheat genotypes - why?
Supervisor: PhD student Max Herzog, Associate Professor Ole Pedersen

Cryptobiosis and environmental stress tolerance in tardigrades
Supervisor: Nadja Møbjerg

Decomposition of large herbivore dung
Supervisor: Riikka Rinnan & Peter Holter

Determination of fish age and growth through otolith growth rings
Supervisor: Kirsten S. Christoffersen

Determining the bacteria associated with fibre digestion in the burrowing cockroach Pycnoscelus surinamensis
Supervisor: Aram Mikaelyan and Michael Thomas-Poulsen

Development of circularized nanodiscs
Supervisor: Lise Arleth (NBI) and Birthe Kragelund (SBiN-lab)

Differential gene expression in multispecies biofilm
Supervisor: Mette Burmølle

Disordered proteins in the ubiquitin-proteasome system
Supervisor: Rasmus Hartmann-Petersen

Do termite-associated bacteria play a role in antimicrobial defense of the colony?
Supervisor: Michael Thomas-Poulsen

Does air pollution affect trees in urban areas or do the trees affect air pollution?
Supervisor: Riikka Rinnan

Dry under water
Supervisor: Ole Pedersen

Ectomycorrhiza and soil formation – Salix (Willow) as a main driver in primary succession series
Supervisor: Rasmus Kjøller

Ectomycorrhizal fungi – biodiversity, community structure and function
Supervisor: Rasmus Kjøller

Effects of environmental toxins on freshwater organisms
Supervisor: Kirsten S. Christoffersen

Effekt af tilført bio-aske på nedbrydning af jordens organiske stof; uheldig effekt på Klodens drivhusgas-budget
Supervisor: Søren Christensen

Environmentally safe control of pest nematodes in organic vegetable production
Supervisor: Mette Vestergård

Foliar pathogens in Danish agriculture: communities, populations, disease and resistance
Supervisor: Rasmus Kjøller

Forensic use of DNA and organisms to link soil with crime scenes
Supervisor: Rasmus Kjøller, Tobias Frøslev, Mette Vestergaard and Anders Hansen (SNM)

Freeze-thaw effects on greenhouse gas emission, investigated by on-line concentration and isotope analyses
Supervisor: Anders Michelsen

Genetic characterization of bacterial human virulence genes in non-host environmental bacteria
Supervisor: Niels Kroer (nk@bio.ku.dk) & Søren J. Sørensen (sjs@bio.ku.dk)

Heavy metal tolerance in soil protozoa
Supervisor: Flemming Ekelund and Jesper Johansen

How widely distributed is the invasive zebra mussel, in Danish lakes, and what are the consequences for lake biodiversity?
Supervisor: Kirsten S. Christoffersen

Hvad rummer andemad i søer og damme af tilknyttet smådyrsfauna?
Supervisor: Dean Jacobsen og Bodil E. Pallesen (Teknologisk Institut)

Impact of drug treatment on the social behavior and brain of M. pharaonis ants
Supervisor: Manuel Nagel, Guojie Zhang

Impact of insecticides on the behavior and brain of M. pharaonis ants
Supervisor: Manuel Nagel, Guojie Zahng

Improving growth of cacao and coffee seedlings by inoculating with beneficial bacteria and fungi
Supervisor: Rasmus Kjøller and Anders Priemé

Invasive species: A threat to nature or a cultural imagination?
Supervisor: Flemming Ekelund (Biology) Claus Emmeche (Center for Naturfilosofi og Videnskabsstudier)

Methane production, oxidation and emission from wet subarctic heath exposed to climate change
Supervisor: Anders Michelsen (BIO) & Bo Elberling (IGN)

Microbial consortia that optimize plant growth
Supervisor: Flemming Ekelund

Microbial production and uptake of volatile organic compounds
Supervisor: Riikka Rinnan (BIO) & Christian Albers (GEUS)

Microbial responses to rewetting and thawing
Supervisor: Annelein Meisner and Anders Priemé

Molecular mechanisms of DNA shredding by III-B CRISPR-Cas systems
Supervisor: Qunxin She

Moss-associated nitrogen fixation as an important N input in terrestrial ecosystems
Supervisor: Anders Michelsen and Kathrin Rousk

MSc and BSc projects in Microenvironmental Ecology / Marine Biology / Microbiology
Supervisor: Michael Kühl

Mycorrhizal status during plant primary succession
Supervisor: Álvaro López-García; Rasmus Kjøller; Hans Henrik Brunn; Søren Rosendahl

N2 fixing bacteria in the sea – a combination of microbiology, molecular biology and marine biology
Supervisor: Lasse Riemann & Postdoc Deniz Bombar

Name a new parasite!
Supervisor: Rune Stensvold, Laboratory of Parasitology, Statens Serum Institut & Søren Sørensen, Section of Microbiology, UCPH

Nitrogen cycling in arctic ecosystems: at present and in future
Supervisor: Jing Tang, Riikka Rinnan

On the quest to waterproofing crops – submergence tolerance of wheat
Supervisor: Max Herzog and Ole Pedersen

Orchids: which factors determine their distribution?
Supervisor: Flemming Ekelund, Rasmus Kjøller

Oxidative folding of disulfide-rich cone snail toxins
Supervisor: Lars Ellgaard

Prophages - ticking time bombs or key genetic elements in bacterial hosts?
Supervisor: Mathias Middelboe

Protein sequence-function relationship studies by means of genetics and chemical biology
Supervisor: Jakob Winther

Regulated intracellular protein degradation to counter disease
Supervisor: Rasmus Hartmann-Petersen

RNA structure, modifications and gene regulation
Supervisor: Jeppe Vinther

Social evolution of Helicobacter pylori stomach bacteria
Supervisor: Sandra Breum Andersen, SUND and Michael Thomas-Poulsen, CSE, BIO

Soil gas profiles in Danish ecosystems
Supervisor: Riikka Rinnan (BIO) & Christian Albers (GEUS)

Structural destabilization as a trigger for hereditary disease
Supervisor: Rasmus Hartmann-Petersen

Submergence-tolerance of wheat (Triticum aestivum), and help it cope with future climate changes!
Supervisor: Ole Pedersen and Max Herzog

Targeting membrane repair processes in cancer cells
Supervisor: Martin W. Berchtold; Jonas M.La Cour

The arctic tadpole shrimp – a voracious crustacean
Supervisor: Kirsten S. Christoffersen

Thermal stress thresholds of Danish seagrass: effect of flow and leaf thermal boundary layers
Supervisor: Prof. Michael Kuhl, Co-supervisor: Postdoc. Kasper Elgetti Brodersen

Total biodiversity assessment in terrestrial ecosystems
Supervisor: Hans Henrik Bruun, Rasmus Kjøller, Susana Santos, Tobias Frøslev.

Trade-offs between life history strategies of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) along ecological gradients
Supervisor: Rasmus Kjøller and Alvaro Lopez Garcia

Transfer of antibiotic resistance in human pathogens
Supervisor: Hanne Ingmer (HI@sund.ku.dk) and Sine Lo Svenningsen (SLS@bio.ku.dk)

Underwater photosynthesis of wheat during submergence
Supervisor: Ole Pedersen

Urban Biodiversity
Supervisor: Rasmus Kjøller

Virus-driven reprogramming of bacterial traits
Supervisor: Mathias Middelboe

What’s on a circular mind? – neurobiology of the starfish brain
Supervisor: Anders Garm