Projects – Department of Biology - University of Copenhagen

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The list is ordered alphabetically according to project title. Click the title to see details.

“Calmodulin checkpoint”: a novel pathway regulating mitotic progression in vertebrate cells
Supervisor: Martin W. Berchtold

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

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

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

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 and 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

Bacterial Growth Rate Regulation and RNA decay
Supervisor: Sine Lo Svenningsen and Michael A. Sørensen

Bacteriophage control of microbial biofilms - 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

Biogenic volatile release from decomposing plant leaves across ecosystems
Supervisor: Riikka Rinnan and other relevant persons

BIO-pesticides: exploring the natural world for eco-friendly alternatives to current pesticides
Supervisor: Rasmus Kjøller

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

Brain architecture in the light of evolution
Supervisor: Katrine Worsaae

Brown adipose tissue - role of extracellular ATP
Supervisor: Ivana Novak

Brownification of softwater lakes
Supervisor: Ole Pedersen

Can mommy butterfly smell plant chemistry?
Supervisor: Hans Henrik Bruun

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

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

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

Characterization of culturable bacteria in Great tits
Supervisor: Kasun Bodawatta (SNM), Knud Jønsson (SNM), Michael Thomas-Poulsen (BIO)

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)

Chemical manipulation of ants by metalmark butterflies
Supervisor: David Nash

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

Climate change effects on moss-associated N fixation
Supervisor: Kathrin Rousk

Comparing morphology and genetic diversity of Alcon Blue butterflies over >50 years
Supervisor: David Nash

Comparing the brains of socially parasitic ants and their hosts
Supervisor: David Nash and Manuel Nagel

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

CRISPRs on Plasmids: Fight Fire with Fire
Supervisor: Gisle Vestergaard, Jonas Stenløkke Madsen, Joseph Nesme and Rafael Pinilla

Cryptobiosis and environmental stress tolerance in tardigrades
Supervisor: Nadja Møbjerg

Designing new enzyme activities de novo
Supervisor: Jakob Winther

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

Development of bacteriophage resistance in bacterial communities
Supervisor: Mathias Middelboe

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

Disturbance ecology of fire in grasslands
Supervisor: Hans Henrik Bruun

Do bacteria associated with fungus-growing termite guts depend on each other?
Supervisor: Mette Burmølle and 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

E. coli’s tryptophan attenuator – er der noget, vi ikke ved?
Supervisor: Steen Pedersen og Sine Lo Svenningsen

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

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

Effects of direct development on the neuromuscular formation in an annelid
Supervisor: Katrine Worsaae

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

Enzyme design and evolution
Supervisor: Martin Willemoës

Fish ange and growth obtained from reading otolith growth rings
Supervisor: Kirsten S. Christoffersen

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 manipulation of caste differentiation genes in ants
Supervisor: Guojie Zhang; Jonathan Z. Shik

Global species diversity of the fungal genus Podaxis
Supervisor: Benjamin H. Conlon and Michael Thomas-Poulsen

Grazing ecology and biodiversity in the forest-grassland ecotone
Supervisor: Hans Henrik Bruun

Heavy metal effects on moss-associated N fixation
Supervisor: Kathrin Rousk

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

Heavy metals in fungi
Supervisor: Rasmus Kjøller, Flemming Ekelund, Jesper Liengaard Johansen

Host specificity of moss-associated cyanobacteria
Supervisor: Kathrin Rousk

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

Impact of autophagy for mitochondrial function in skeletal muscle
Supervisor: Henriette Pilegaard

In vitro culturing of an extremophillic fungus
Supervisor: Benjamin H. Conlon and Michael Thomas-Poulsen

Interaction networks of ectomycorrhizal fungi on host trees
Supervisor: Hans Henrik Bruun

Interactions between beneficial plant microbes and foliar fungal diseases
Supervisor: Rasmus Kjøller, Tao Li and Riikka Rinnan

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

Invasive zebra mussels in Danish lakes and streams: where are they and what do they do to lake biodiversity?
Supervisor: Kirsten S. Christoffersen

Investigating microbial diversity by analysis of distant variable regions of 16S rRNA using MiSeq paired end sequencing
Supervisor: Søren J. Sørensen

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

Is Bacillus a coevolved bacterium serving as a defensive symbiont in fungus-growing termites?
Supervisor: Michael Thomas-Poulsen

Is plant species richness or flower abundance the best predictor of pollinator diversity?
Supervisor: Hans Henrik Bruun

Lepidurus - the arctic tadpole shrimp and a voracious crustacean
Supervisor: Kirsten S. Christoffersen

Linking eye morphology to functionality
Supervisor: Katrine Worsaae

Luciferases - structure, function and biotechnology
Supervisor: Jakob Winther

Methane and carbon dioxide fluxes from arctic heath in Greenland
Supervisor: Anders Michelsen (BIO) and Bo Elberling (IGN)

Methane oxidation in soils from sub-Antarctic South Georgia Island
Supervisor: Elise Biersma, Anders Priemé, Ludovica D'Imperio and Bo Elberling

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) and Christian Albers (GEUS)

Microbial responses to rewetting and thawing
Supervisor: 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

Moss-cyanobacteria associations: are they mutualists or parasites?
Supervisor: Kathrin Rousk

Mycorrhizal responses to long term nutrient depletion
Supervisor: Rasmus Kjøller and others

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

Nitrogen fixation and light utilization in a marine bacterium: a microbiological project
Supervisor: Lasse Riemann and PhD student Søren Hallstrøm

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

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

Prevalence and distribution of a potentially parasitic fungi in termite nests
Supervisor: Benjamin H. Conlon and Michael Thomas-Poulsen

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

Re-colonization, diversity and ecophysiology of plants following experimental treatments in danish heath
Supervisor: Anders Michelsen and Helge Ro-Poulsen

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

Restoration of natural forests
Supervisor: Hans Henrik Bruun

Resuspension of sediments cause extensive N2 fixation in overlying marine waters
Supervisor: Lasse Riemann

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) and 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 contributions of the fungal symbiont to defence against pathogens in fungus-growing termites
Supervisor: Michael Thomas-Poulsen

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

Underwater photosynthesis of wheat during submergence
Supervisor: Ole Pedersen

Unravel and map eukaryotic diversity within the human gut
Supervisor: Søren Johannes Sørensen og Rune Stensvold (SSI)

Urban Biodiversity
Supervisor: Rasmus Kjøller

Urban biodiversity
Supervisor: Hans Henrik Bruun

Uropygial gland microbiota of Great Tits
Supervisor: Kasun Bodawatta (SNM), Knud Jønsson (SNM), Michael Thomas-Poulsen (BIO)

Virus-driven reprogramming of bacterial traits
Supervisor: Mathias Middelboe

What does it take? Morphological and functional analysis of the male copulatory organ of an annelid
Supervisor: Katrine Worsaae

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