Environmental Microbiology – University of Copenhagen

Environmental Microbiology

Microbial communities provide ecosystem services of crucial importance for environmental and human health. The overall vision of the research group is to understand factors affecting the diversity and functioning of microbial communities in their natural habitats in order to protect and promote microbial ecosystem services and benefit society. This will be accomplished in close collaboration with national and international elite research institutions, government agencies and private companies.

The conducted research covers microbe-pollutant interactions in soil and water with the aim to elucidate and understand basic interactions between microorganisms and their environment. Apart from conventional chemical pollutants (e.g. toxic metals, antibiotics, biocides, pesticides, petroleum-derived compounds etc.) we also cover emerging pollutants such as antibiotic resistance genes, secondary metabolites produced by plants or microorganisms, and environmental control of microorganisms and terrestrial greenhouse gas emissions. Research is based on an advanced biotechnological platform combining modern ‘omics’-approaches, microbial culturing techniques, whole-cell bioreporter technology, and chemical techniques for characterization of microbial environments and in situ microbial activities.

Current Research Topics:

Developing Research Ideas:

  • Metal homeostasis and greenhouse gasses