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Activity of nitrous oxide reductase – one of the World´s most important enzymes
Supervisor: Anders Priemé

Advanced Membrane Protein Research and Biotechnology
Supervisor: Per Amstrup Pedersen

Aerobic and anaerobic energy metabolism in the brown shrimp (Crangon crangon) during moderate hypoxia.
Supervisor: Bent Vismann

Aggressive but sustainable bioreactor conversion in ant fungus gardens
Supervisor: Jacobus J. Boomsma, Morten Schiøtt

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 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

Bacteriophage control of microbial biofilms - Case 1: Pseudomonas aeruginosa from cystic fibrosis patients
Supervisor: Mathias Middelboe

Bacteriophage control of microbial biofilms - Case 2: Vibrio anguillarum in aquaculture settings
Supervisor: Mathias Middelboe

Bacteriophage therapy - a new method for controlling pathogenic bacteria in aquaculture
Supervisor: Mathias Middelboe

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

Bivalve clearance rate: Governed by external stimuli or controlled by an internal energy state driven regulation maximizing the energy gained from the available diet?
Supervisor: Bent Vismann

Brownification of softwater lakes
Supervisor: Ole Pedersen

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

Can fungi use light for growth?
Supervisor: Niels-Ulrik Frigaard

Can we use the sequence of particular eps genes to predict polysaccharide functionality?
Supervisor: Vera Kuzina Poulsen, Gunnar Øregaard and Anders Priemé

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

Chemical Ecology of the birch-moth interaction under climate change
Supervisor: Riikka Rinnan (riikkar@bio.ku.dk) and Tao Li (tao.li@bio.ku.dk)

Circularized nanodiscs for structural studies of membrane proteins
Supervisor: Lise Arleth (NBI) and Birthe Kragelund (SBiN-lab)

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

Cooperation in multispecies biofilm formation
Supervisor: Mette Burmølle og Søren Sørensen

Cryptobiosis and environmental stress tolerance in tardigrades
Supervisor: Nadja Møbjerg

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

Determination and characterization of Bacillus spp. genetic traits involved in plant growth promotion
Supervisor: Patricia Dominguez-Cuevas, Rute Neves and Anders Priemé

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

Differential gene expression in multispecies biofilm
Supervisor: Mette Burmølle

Disease management in farming societies of ants
Supervisor: Jacobus J. Boomsma, Morten Schiøtt, postdocs

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

Ecology of lobelia lakes
Supervisor: Ole Pedersen

Eco-physiology of aquatic rosette plants
Supervisor: Ole Pedersen

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

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

Effects of Greenlandic glacier flour on marine plankton community composition and productivity
Supervisor: Per Juel Hansen, pjhansen@bio.ku.dk and Nicholas Rose, nrose@snm.ku.dk

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

Enzyme design and evolution
Supervisor: Martin Willemoës

Exploring the nutritional ecology of host-specificity in insect-pathogenic fungi
Supervisor: Jonathan Shik (Assistant Professor) and Henrik De Fine Licht (Assistant Professor)

Flood tolerance of dryland crops
Supervisor: Ole Pedersen

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

Gene expression co-evolution between farming ants and farmed fungal crops
Supervisor: Jacobus J. Boomsma, Morten Schiøtt

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 low can you go – activity of permafrost microorganisms at very low temperature
Supervisor: Anders Priemé

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

Industrial project on optimizing urban farming and soilless plant growth at start-up company Nextfood
Supervisor: Ole Pedersen, Max Herzog

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

Investigating the effect of co-culturing Bacillus strains with LAB starter cultures in milk
Supervisor: Karin Bjerre, Mette Dines Cantor and Anders Priemé

Investigating the effect of gastrointestinal and food consumption of vertebrate animals on microbial structure and diversity using MiSeq amplicon sequencing of 16S rRNA gene.
Supervisor: Søren J. Sørensen

Metagenomic and metatranscriptomic analysis of keratin degrading microbial communities in microcosms
Supervisor: Søren Sørensen

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

Microbial abundance and diversity in dust samples collected from homes of kids with asthma
Supervisor: Martin Mortensen og Søren Sørensen

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

Microbiology of thawing permafrost
Supervisor: Anders Priemé

Molecular tool development for bioprotective strains
Supervisor: Solvej Siedler and Søren Sørensen

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

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

Nutritional regulation in leafcutter ant societies
Supervisor: Jonathan Shik (Assistant Professor) and Anders Michelsen (Professor)

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

Optimization of microbial encapsulation techniques for isolation of keratin degrading microbial species.
Supervisor: Søren Sørensen

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

Oxygen consumption and oxygen debt in the common whelk (Buccinum undatum) during aerial storage.
Supervisor: Bent Vismann

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

Root traits for flood tolerance
Supervisor: Ole Pedersen

Salinity tolerance of the invasive Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas).
Supervisor: Bent Vismann

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

Social interactions and population structure
Supervisor: Søren J. Sørensen og Mette Burmølle

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

Survey of the invasive Pacific oyster in Danish waters.
Supervisor: Bent Vismann

Symbiont host interactions - Mesodinium rubrum
Supervisor: Per Juel Hansen

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

The interconnection between biofilm formation and horizontal gene transfer
Supervisor: Søren J. Sørensen, Mette Burmølle og Jonas Stenløkke Madsen

The lower limit of oxyregulation (Pcrit) at different temperatures in the brown shrimp (Crangon crangon).
Supervisor: Bent Vismann

The microbiome of winter crops and the impact of microbial inoculants
Supervisor: Inês Nunes (imn@novozymes.com), Lea Hansen (lbsh@novozymes.com) and Anders Priemé (aprieme@bio.ku.dk)

The thermal window for aerobic scope in shallow water marine invertebrates.
Supervisor: Bent Vismann

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)

Understanding the induction of neurological pain through the TRP calcium channels
Supervisor: David Møbjerg Kristensen and Per Amstrup Pedersen

Underwater photosynthesis of wheat during submergence
Supervisor: Ole Pedersen

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