1985 …2024

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Research profile

Our main interest is microbial consortia and to understand how they control the function of environmental and engineered systems. We study microbial diversity and functional traits from species to ecosystems including factors controlling community assembly and dynamics. We apply a range of complementary approaches from DNA-based community surveys, (meta)genomics, metabolic reconstruction, to the use of isotopes, confocal microscopy, and Raman microspectroscopy.  Main focus areas:

  • Microbial communities and key processes in wastewater treatment plants and resource recovery systems (MiDAS)
  • Microbial extracellular biopolymers as recycled resources (REThiNk)
  • Novel microbes, functions and biogeography in natural and engineered ecosystems (Microflora Danica)

Teaching profile

Course responsible for Environmental Biotechnology which is a 5 ECTS semester course for 7th-semester students on Biotechnology, Biology and Chemistry. Supervising semester group projects (15 ETCS) on 7th-semester Biotechnology within the theme Molecular Methods.

Keywords

  • Environment
  • Mikrobial communities (biofilm and consortia)
  • Identification and characterization of culture-independent bacteria
  • Adhesion of bacteria to surfaces, exopolymers
  • Biological treatment of wastewater, drinking water and air
  • Production of bioenergy (biogas), recovery of resources (phosphate)
  • Development of new methods in microbial ecology (-omics methods, isotopes, single cell techniques)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Disease-causing Bacteria and Implants
  • Chemistry and Bioscience
  • Environmental biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Microbial communities

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