Bachelor projects – Department of Biology - University of Copenhagen

Bachelor projects

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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

Analysing the nervous system in four species of Ophryotrocha (Annelida) with histology and immunohistochemistry
Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Katrine Worsaae

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

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)

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 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

Brownification of softwater lakes
Supervisor: Ole Pedersen

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 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 ( and Tao Li (

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

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

Designing new enzyme activities de novo
Supervisor: Jakob Winther

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

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

Eye morphology and functionality in meiofaunal animals
Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Katrine Worsaae

Flood tolerance of dryland crops
Supervisor: Ole Pedersen

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

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 skin stem cells engage to maintain tissue function in physiology and disease?
Supervisor: Mirna Perez-Moreno

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 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)

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

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

Microbiology of thawing permafrost
Supervisor: Anders Priemé

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

Neuromuscular development of Trilobodrilus axi (Annelida)
Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Katrine Worsaae

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

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

Reconstructing the male copulatory organ of Trilobodrilus axi (Annelida) with histology, 3D-reconstruction (LM and TEM) and behavioural tests
Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Katrine Worsaae

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

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

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

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

Underwater photosynthesis of wheat during submergence
Supervisor: Ole Pedersen