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.

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

Bacteriophage control of microbial biofilms - Case 1: Pseudomonas aeruginosa from cystic fibrosis patients
Supervisor: Mathias Middelboe

Bacteriophage control of microbial biofilms - Case 2: 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

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

Brownification of softwater lakes
Supervisor: Ole Pedersen

Calcium signaling in health and disease
Supervisor: Martin W. Berchtold

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

Cell cycle and genome stability
Supervisor: Christian Holmberg, Olaf Nielsen

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

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 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)

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

CO2 emission and release of volatile organic compounds after 10 years of changed environmental conditions
Supervisor: Anders Michelsen and Riikka Rinnan

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

Decomposition of large herbivore dung
Supervisor: Riikka Rinnan and Peter Holter

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

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

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

Exploring the nutritional ecology of host-specificity in insect-pathogenic fungi
Supervisor: Jonathan Shik (Assistant Professor) and Henrik De Fine Licht (Assistant Professor)

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

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 tolerance in soil protozoa
Supervisor: Flemming Ekelund and Jesper Johansen

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

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

Hvad rummer andemad i søer og damme af tilknyttet smådyrsfauna?
Supervisor: Dean Jacobsen og Bodil E. Pallesen (Teknologisk Institut)

Impact of drug treatment on the social behavior and brain of M. pharaonis ants
Supervisor: Manuel Nagel, Guojie Zhang

Impact of insecticides on the behavior and brain of M. pharaonis ants
Supervisor: Manuel Nagel, Guojie Zahng

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

Industrial project on optimizing urban farming and soilless plant growth at start-up company Nextfood
Supervisor: Ole Pedersen, Max Herzog

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 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

Metagenomic and metatranscriptomic analysis of keratin degrading microbial communities in microcosms
Supervisor: Søren J. Sørensen

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

Methane production, oxidation and emission from wet subarctic heath exposed to climate change
Supervisor: Anders Michelsen (BIO) and Bo Elberling (IGN)

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: Annelein Meisner and 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

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

Optimization of microbial encapsulation techniques for isolation of keratin degrading microbial species.
Supervisor: Søren J. Sørensen

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

Purinergic signaling in brown adipose tissue
Supervisor: Ivana Novak and Sofie Lange (sofie.lange@bio.ku.dk)

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

Restoration of natural forests
Supervisor: Hans Henrik Bruun

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

Symbiont host interactions - Mesodinium rubrum
Supervisor: Per Juel Hansen

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

Understanding the induction of neurological pain through the TRP calcium channels
Supervisor: David Møbjerg Kristensen and Per Amstrup Pedersen

Underwater photosynthesis of wheat during submergence
Supervisor: Ole Pedersen

Urban Biodiversity
Supervisor: Rasmus Kjøller

Urban biodiversity
Supervisor: Hans Henrik Bruun

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