Biochemistry projects – Department of Biology - University of Copenhagen

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Biochemistry projects

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Advanced Membrane Protein Research and Biotechnology
Supervisor: Per Amstrup Pedersen

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

Analysis of seed sterility and plant growth in response to sterilization
Supervisor: Victoria Munkager, Flemming Ekelund and Mette Vestergård

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

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

Bioengineering of pharmaceutical terpenoids in cyanobacteria
Supervisor: Niels-Ulrik Frigaard

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

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

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

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

Chemical weaponry of termite soldiers
Supervisor: Victoria Challinor, Michael Thomas-Poulsen

Cryptobiosis and environmental stress tolerance in tardigrades
Supervisor: Nadja Møbjerg

Cyanobacteria as feedstock for biofuel fermentations
Supervisor: Niels-Ulrik Frigaard

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

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

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

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

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

Glycogen biogenesis in photosynthetic bacteria
Supervisor: Niels-Ulrik Frigaard

Growth of fungi on sustainable coatings with wood as underlying surface.
Supervisor: Bo Jensen

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

Interactions between invasive plants and belowground organisms
Supervisor: Mette Vestergård

Metagenomic characterization of microbial communities and activities in the Japan Trench sediment
Supervisor: Søren J. Sørensen og Waleed Abu Al-Soud

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)

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

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 hubs in post-transcriptional gene regulation
Supervisor: Jan Christiansen

RNA structure, modifications and gene regulation
Supervisor: Jeppe Vinther

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

Sulfide consumption in photosynthetic sulfur bacteria
Supervisor: Niels-Ulrik Frigaard

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

Transfer of antibiotic resistance in human pathogens
Supervisor: Hanne Ingmer ( and Sine Lo Svenningsen (

Virus-driven reprogramming of bacterial traits
Supervisor: Mathias Middelboe

Why are certain Podaxis fungi associated with termite mounds and others not?
Supervisor: Victoria Challinor, Michael Thomas-Poulsen