Henrik Hjarvard de Fine Licht
Henrik Hjarvard de Fine Licht

Associate 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 adapt to multiple or single host insects. 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.


I am course responsible for the course Big Data in Biotechnology, and also teach on the course Animal and plant diversity.

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, Henrik Hjarvard, Jensen, Annette Bruun & Eilenberg, Jørgen, 2017, In : Molecular Ecology. 26, 7, p. 2092-2110 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  2. Published

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

    de Fine Licht, Henrik Hjarvard, Hajek, A. E., Eilenberg, Jørgen & Jensen, Annette Bruun, 2016, Genetics and molecular biology of entomopathogenic fungi. Elsevier, Vol. 94. p. 41-65 25 p. (Advances in Genetics, Vol. 94).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Symbiotic adaptation in the fungal cultivar of leaf-cutting ants

    de Fine Licht, Henrik Hjarvard, Boomsma, Koos & Tunlid, A., 2014, In : Nature Communications. 5, 10 p., 5675.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  4. Published

    High Symbiont Relatedness Stabilizes Mutualistic Cooperation in Fungus-Growing Termites

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

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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