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Henrik Hjarvard de Fine Licht

Henrik Hjarvard de Fine Licht

Assistant professor

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Student projects


Please get in touch if you are interested in doing a (Bsc, Msc etc.) project with me. Projects will generally use a combination of techniques including: microscopy, in-situ hybridization of labeling colors, PCR and sequencing, gene expression analysis using real-time PCR, fungal microbiological laboratory techniques, Laboratory experimentation etc.

I have some ideas for projects, but alse welcome if prospective students have their own project ideas.

At the moment I am for example looking for students to work on on questions relating to how insect pathogenic fungi are able to evade the insect host immune system by modulating their cell wall. But I also have project ideas using experimental evolution, molecular biology and bioinformatics techniques to uncover host-pathogen interactions and the role of host shifts in disease emergence.

Current research

  • Evolution and the molecular mechanisms behind pathogenic host specificity
  • Disease emergence following pathogenic host shifts
  • Parasitic control of host behavior

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Comparative transcriptomics reveal host-specific nucleotide variation in entomophthoralean fungi

    de Fine Licht, H. H., Jensen, A. B. & Eilenberg, J. 2017 In : Molecular Ecology. 26, 7, p. 2092-2110 19 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  2. Published

    Utilizing genomics to study entomopathogenicity in the fungal phylum Entomophthoromycota: a review of current genetic resources

    de Fine Licht, H. H., Hajek, A. E., Eilenberg, J. & Jensen, A. B. 2016 Genetics and molecular biology of entomopathogenic fungi. Elsevier Science, Vol. 94, Ch. 2, p. 41-65 25 p. (Advances in Genetics, Vol. 94).

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  3. Published

    Symbiotic adaptation in the fungal cultivar of leaf-cutting ants

    de Fine Licht, H. H., Boomsma, J. J. & Tunlid, A. 2014 In : Nature Communications. 5, 10 p., 5675

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  4. Published

    High Symbiont Relatedness Stabilizes Mutualistic Cooperation in Fungus-Growing Termites

    Aanen, D. K., de Fine Licht, H. H., Debets, A. J. M., Kerstes, N. A. G., Hoekstra, R. F. & Boomsma, J. J. 2009 In : Science. 326, 5956, p. 1103-6 3 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

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