News from the Department

  • Eight DFF grants to the Department of Biology


    Eight researchers from the Department of Biology have received large grants from the Independent Research Fund Denmark. DFF have supported 29 research projects from SCIENCE. »

  • Changing direction in waves is costly


    Shallow marine ecosystems with dynamic wave surges, such as coral reefs, exhibits an extremely high biodiversity of fish. For these fishes, swimming in a wave-swept habitat represents a challenge as they are often site-attached, where maintaining access to specific feeding or refuge sites requires them to hold station within the water column. »

  • Marine bacterium uses molecular signals to control a latent virus


    A group of researchers from the Department of Biology has now identified a type of bacterium that can control the life cycle of the virus that infects it, by means of communicating with neighboring bacteria. »

  • Four scientists from Department of Biology have received prestigious NNF investigator grants


    Albin Sandelin, professor at Department of Biology has received The Distinguished Investigator grant from Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF). 

    Three other scientists from Department of Biology have received grants from NNF. Associate professor Robin Andersson and Associate professor Anders Albrechtsen have received The Ascending Investigator Grant and Associate professor Henriette E. Autzen has received The Emerging Investigator Grant for their outstanding research.

  • Research breakthrough: Humans are not the first to repurpose CRISPR


    We humans are far from the first to exploit the benefits of CRISPR. Groundbreaking research at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) has helped to redefine what CRISPR is. UCPH Researchers have discovered that primitive bacterial parasites weaponize CRISPR to engage in battle against one another. This discovery opens up the possibility to reprogram CRISPR to combat multi-drug resistant bacteria.  »

  • Michael Kühl wins Moore Investigator award in aquatic symbiosis


    After a tough international competition, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has selected 15 innovative researchers, who will receive large, flexible investigator awards for the next 5 years. The Danish professor in aquatic microbiology Michael Kühl, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen is among this group of researchers. »

  • Professor and tightrope walker: Riikka Rinnan finding balance amidst global climate chaos


    Climate scientist, tightrope walker and prize winner. Last week, 44-year-old professor and biologist Riikka Rinnan reached the top of the Danish researcher universe when she was awarded the EliteForsk Prize 2020 (Elite Research Prize) and DKK 1.2 million for her outstanding work in Arctic climate research. While she does not have climate anxiety, she thinks that we ought to do more for the climate than we are now. »

  • Many species in mountains have to choose between higher temperatures or decreased oxygen levels


    As a result of global warming many species are currently shifting altitudinal distribution in mountain areas. Even though most move to higher altitudes, there are large differences among species, and some even shift downward to lower altitudes. A recently published paper in the acclaimed journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment from the Ecological Society of America presents a theory that might contribute to our understanding of these differences among species. »

  • Photosynthesis in the “dark”: Near-infrared light drives substantial oxygen production in natural biofilms


    New findings challenge the commonly accepted notion that chlorophyll a is the major photopigment in oxygenic photosynthesis driven by visible light and demonstate the importance of cyanobacteria with chlorophyll d and f for primary production in shaded habitats, where near infrared light prevails. »

  • Tracking the scent of warming tundra


    Climate change is causing the subarctic tundra to warm twice as fast as the global average, and this warming is speeding up the activity of the plant life. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and the Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany, have now elucidated how this warming affects the tundra ecosystem and the origin of an increased amount of volatile compounds released from the tundra. The results are published in the renowned scientific journal Global Change Biology. »