Masters projects – Department of Biology - University of Copenhagen

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Master projects

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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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ecology of lobelia lakes
Supervisor: Ole Pedersen

Eco-physiology of aquatic rosette plants
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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Urban Biodiversity
Supervisor: Rasmus Kjøller

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