Biochemistry projects

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

Advanced Membrane Protein Research and Biotechnology
Supervisor: Per Amstrup Pedersen

Aggressive but sustainable bioreactor conversion in ant fungus gardens
Supervisor: Jacobus J. Boomsma, Morten Schiøtt

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

Antibiotics-tolerance to multi-drug resistant superbugs: molecular studies
Supervisor: YONG ZHANG

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 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

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

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

Brownification of softwater lakes
Supervisor: Ole Pedersen

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

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 ( and Tao Li (

Chemical manipulation of ants by metalmark butterflies
Supervisor: David Nash

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

Cryptobiosis and environmental stress tolerance in tardigrades
Supervisor: Nadja Møbjerg

Designing new enzyme activities de novo
Supervisor: Jakob Winther

Development of bacteriophage resistance in bacterial communities
Supervisor: Mathias Middelboe

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

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

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

Enzyme design and evolution
Supervisor: Martin Willemoës

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

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

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

How do leafcutter ants select the best fertilizer to farm their domesticated fungal crops?
Supervisor: Jonathan Zvi Shik

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

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

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

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)

Microbial communities in extreme environments
Supervisor: Niels-Ulrik Frigaard

Microbial production and uptake of volatile organic compounds
Supervisor: Riikka Rinnan (BIO) and Christian Albers (GEUS)

Moss-associated nitrogen fixation as an important N input in terrestrial ecosystems
Supervisor: Anders Michelsen and Kathrin Rousk

MSc and BSc projects in the Microenvironmental Ecology Group / Marine Biology / Microbiology
Supervisor: Michael Kühl

Oxidative folding of disulfide-rich cone snail toxins
Supervisor: Lars Ellgaard

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

Sequence analyses reveal sulfide detoxification by organisms across the entire Tree of Life
Supervisor: Niels-Ulrik Frigaard

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

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

Virus-driven reprogramming of bacterial traits
Supervisor: Mathias Middelboe