Biology projects – Department of Biology - University of Copenhagen

Biology projects

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

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

A genetically engineered sensor of the universal stringent alarmone ppGpp in Bacteria
Supervisor: YONG ZHANG

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

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

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

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

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

How low can you go – activity of permafrost microorganisms at very low temperature
Supervisor: Anders Priemé

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

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

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 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 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