Henrik Hjarvard de Fine Licht

Henrik Hjarvard de Fine Licht

Associate Professor

Positions

9/2015 -                Assistant Professor (current position), Section for Organismal Biology, Department of Plant and Environmental Science (PLEN), University of Copenhagen, Funded by a Villum Young Investigator Grant.

9/2013-8/2015     Postdoctoral researcher (current position), Section for Organismal Biology (Prof. Jørgen Eilenberg), Department of Plant and Environmental Science (PLEN), University of Copenhagen, Funded by an independent Carlsberg Foundation 2 year fellowship.

3-5/2013                Molecular Biologist, Molecular Diagnostic Unit, Copenhagen University Hospital, Roskilde.

1/2011-2/2013       Postdoctoral researcher, Centre for Genomic Ecology, Microbial Ecology (Prof. Anders Tunlid), Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden. DFF | FNU Independent Danish Research Council 2 year fellowship. Including paternity leave, 4 months in 2012.

1-12/2010              Postdoctoral researcher, Centre for Social Evolution (Prof. Jacobus J. Boomsma), Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

Education

6/2002                    B.Sc. in Biology, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

1/2006                    M.Sc. in Biology, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Thesis title: "Symbiont transmission, specificity and its consequences in two species of fungus-growing termites". Supervised by Associate professor Duur K. Aanen.

12/2009                  Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark., Thesis title: "Substrate use and enzyme activity in fungus-growing ants".

                               Relevant courses taken since PhD:

1/2011                    Workshop on Comparative Genomics, Duration: two weeks (full-time), Cesky Krumlow, Chech Republic.

9-10/2011        PERL Programming, Duration: five weeks (full-time), Lund University, Sweden.

 

International experience

5/2011                    Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern, Switzerland, visiting researcher and field work.

2011-13                 Lund University, Sweden, post-doc.

8-12/2008              Department of Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin, USA. visiting researcher (Prof. Ulrich Mueller).

2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 Smithsonian Tropical Research Institue (STRI), Gamboa, Panama, Field work(total five months).

2004, 2005             University of Pretoria, South Africa, visiting researcher and field work (Total four months).

4-6/2004                BIOTEC National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Bangkok, Thailand, visiting researcher and field work.

6-12/2003              Eidgenössische Technische Hochshule (ETH) Zürich, Switzerland, visiting researcher (Prof. Paul Schmid-Hempel).

 

Grants and Awards

2017                       DFF | FNU Project 1, DKK 2.517.120 Received as funding that allow me to hire a phd to work on host-pathogen co-evolution.

2015                       NOVA Phd course grant, DKK 106.000 Funding to organize a one-week Phd course.

2014                       Villum Young Investigator grant, DKK 3.900.000 Three years funding and hiring of two year postdoc.

2013                       Carlsberg foundation research grant, DKK 60.000 To produce next generation sequence data.

2012                       Carlsberg foundation postdoctoral fellowship, DKK 1.109.642 Received as funding for post-doc. project at University of Copenhagen.

2012                       First prize, post-doc. poster award, DKK ~500 Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE) international conference in Dublin, Ireland

2011                       Royal Physiographic Society in Lund, DKK ~81.000 To purchase a computer cluster for data intensive bioinformatic analysis.

2011                       Danish Mycological Society research travel grant, DKK 4.000 Received as funding for fieldwork in Switzerland.

2010                       DFF | FNU Postdoctoral Fellowship, DKK 1.150.000 Received as funding for post. doc. project at Lund University.

2004                       WWF/Novozymes research travel grant, DKK 10.000

 

Teaching experience

Education:            Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (danish: Adjunktpædagogikum), (2014), at the Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen; Introduction to University Pedagogy (IUP) (2013), at the Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen.

M.Sc. courses:     Biological control of pests (2013), at Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen; Genomic approaches for non-model organisms (2012-2014), at the Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen.

B.Sc. courses:      Animal Life and Function (2014), at Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen; Animal and plant diversity (2014), at Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen; Terrestrial ecology (2011), at Department of Biology, Lund University; Population biology (2005-2006), at Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen; Entomology summer course (2005-2007), at Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen.

M.Sc. projects:     Benjamin Hanson Conlon (2014-); Jakob Spile (2014-); Oana Cheta (2014-); Pepijn Kooij (2007-2008).

 

Important collaborators

            - Dr. Duur Aanen, University of Wageningen, NL
            - Dr. Peter Biedermann, Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, D
            - Prof. Jacobus J. Boomsma, University of Copenhagen, DK
            - Dr. Karin Eiglmeier, Pasteur Institute, F
            - Prof. Ann Hajek, Cornell University, USA
            - Prof. Jean-Paul Latgé, Pasteur Institute, F
            - Dr. Michael Poulsen, University of Copenhagen, DK
            - Dr. Christian Rabeling, Harvard University, USA
            - Prof. Anders Tunlid, Lund University, S
            - Dr. Kerstin Voigt, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, D

 

Referee activity

Editorial board member
            - Fungal Ecology
 
Reviewer
            - Animal Behavior
            - Biology Letters
            - BMC Biochemistry
            - BMC Evolutionary Biology
            - Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology
            - Current Microbiology
            - Ecological Entomology
            - Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata
            - Evolutionary Ecology
            - FEMS Microbiology Ecology
            - Microbial Ecology
            - Molecular Ecology
            - Scientific Reports
 
 
Academic experience
 
Data analysis & Bioinformatics  Experimental design and multivariate statistics; Statistical phylogenetic and population genetic analysis; Next-generation sequence data analysis using PERL scripting and data handling in a command line Linux environment; statistical programming in R; relational database management including SQL      
Languages            Danish (mother tongue), English, Swedish, German, Proficiency in scientific writing and giving presentations
Administrative     Section representative in Department IT committee, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences (2014-); Seminar series organizer at Section for Social Evolution, KU (2008-2009) and Section for Organismal Biology, KU (2014-).
Laboratory            Molecular genetic techniques including cloning, sequencing, RNA extraction, cDNA library construction and real-time PCR; Experimentation in the laboratory and in the field; Behavioral assays; Insect collection, transport, rearing and maintenance; Enzyme activity assays; Microbial isolation and cultivation techniques.
Memberships            European Society of Evolutionary Biology, Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, British Mycological Society, and the Danish Microbiological Society.

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