Microbial Immunity Laboratory

Our research goal is to understand the arms race between prokaryotes and their viruses. The model systems employed in the laboratory include, but not limited to, hyperthermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus and the invading genetic elements such as viruses and plasmids. Our research is focused on:

1. Archaeal virus life cycle
2. Antiviral defense mechanisms including CRISPR-Cas immunity
3. Viral anti-defense mechanisms such as anti-CRISPR proteins
4. Interaction between CRISPR-Cas and other cellular processes




















  • 2021-2025 PI of DFF/FNU project 2
  • 2018-2023 PI of Novo Nordisk Foundation Hallas-Møller Ascending Investigator (ref. NNF17OC0031154)
  • 2018-2020 Co-applicant of NNF project (ref. NNF17OC0028072)
  • 2017-2020 PI of FTP project – Archaeal virus-based nanoplatform
  • 2015-2019 Co-applicant of FNU project – CRISPR
  • 2014-2016 PI of EU FP7 Marie-Curie project “HOTRAM”
  • 2011-2015 Coordinator and PI of EU FP7 large collaborative project “HotZyme”
  • 2008-2010 PI of two projects from University of Copenhagen
  • 2005-2008 PI of Danish Research Council (FNU) project (Steno stipend)




Name Title Phone E-mail
Jinzhong Lin Assistant Professor +4535335567 E-mail
Laura Martinez Alvarez Assistant Professor +4535331403 E-mail
Roger Antony Garrett Professor Emeritus +4535322010 E-mail
Safir Hien Phan Laboratory Technician. +4535322011 E-mail
Shuanshuan Xu Postdoc   E-mail
Xu Peng Professor +4535322018 E-mail
Yuvaraj Bhoobalan Postdoc   E-mail


Portrait of Xu Peng

Principal investigator
Professor Xu Peng

Section for Functional Genomics
Ole Maaløes Vej 5
2200 Copenhagen N
Phone: +45 35 32 20 18

MSc Projects

MSc projects related to the four major research lines are available. Please contact Xu Peng for more details.