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Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology

Section in Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University

Danish name Mikrobiel økologi og mikrobiologi

Head of section
(temporarily appointed)

Anders Johansen
Section employees See list
Physical location AU Roskilde
Research keywords Pathogenic microorganisms, aero-microbiology, microbial ecosystem services, metabolomics, resource management

Section employees

Name Job title Email Phone Building
Aggerbeck, Marie Rønne PhD Student mrag@envs.au.dk 7410, A2.41
Angouria-Tsorochidou, Elisavet PhD Student elan@envs.au.dk
Anwar, Muhammad Zohaib PhD Student mzanwar@envs.au.dk +4587158952 7410, A2.41
Barbosa Anesio, Alexandre Magno Professor ama@envs.au.dk +4587158736 7411, B2.19
Begovic, Tanja Laboratory Technician tab@envs.au.dk +4587158614 7411, B2.18
Caro, Dario Researcher dac@envs.au.dk +4587158639 7412, C2.49
Carstens, Alexander Byth PhD Student aca@envs.au.dk
Cold, Frederik PhD Student frederik.cold@envs.au.dk 7410, A2.37
Desplats, Clare Member of Administrative Staff c.desplats@envs.au.dk
Djurhuus, Amaru Miranda PhD Student amma@envs.au.dk
Doting, Eva Lisa PhD Student evdo@envs.au.dk +4552747303 7411, B2.06
Ellegaard-Jensen, Lea Researcher leael@envs.au.dk +4587158616 7411, B2.27
Frederiksen, Liselotte Laboratory Technician lfr@envs.au.dk +4587158498 7410, A2.39
Gobbi, Alex PhD Student algo@envs.au.dk
Gosewinkel, Ulrich Bay Senior Researcher ulrich.gosewinkel@envs.au.dk +4587158617 7411, B2.14
Halbach, Laura PhD Student lh@envs.au.dk 7411, B2.06
Hansen, Lars Hestbjerg Former employee lhha@envs.au.dk +4528752053
Hendriksen, Niels Bohse Senior Researcher nbh@envs.au.dk +4587158473 7411, B2.25
Hylling, Ole PhD Student ohy@envs.au.dk +4587158616 7411
Jang, Jaeyoun PhD Student jjang@envs.au.dk +4587158613 7411, B2.21
Johansen, Anders Senior Researcher, Head of Section (temporarily appointed) ajo@envs.au.dk +4587158586 7411, B2.10
Klinglmair, Manfred Postdoc mkli@envs.au.dk 7412, C2.47
Marini, Michele PhD Student mkm@envs.au.dk +4587158501 7412, C1.39
Martin, Joseph Donald PhD Student jdmar@envs.au.dk 7411, B2.21
Olsen, Nikoline S. PhD Student niso@envs.au.dk 7411, B2.23
Osei-Owusu, Albert Kwame PhD Student akoo@envs.au.dk 7412, C2.51
Paneni, Arianna Student arp@envs.au.dk 7412, C2.51
Pedersen, Mikkel Haahr Student Worker mhp@envs.au.dk 7410, A2.37
Sapkota, Rumakanta Researcher rumakanta.sapkota@envs.au.dk 7410, A2.45
Skov Alanin, Katrine PhD Student ksala@envs.au.dk 7411, B2.23
Sporchia, Fabio Student fasp@envs.au.dk 7412, C1.39
Stougaard, Peter Senior Researcher pst@envs.au.dk +4587158476 7411, B2.12
Teigiserova, Dominika PhD Student dat@envs.au.dk 7412, C2.51
Thane, Tina Laboratory Technician tth@envs.au.dk +4587158614 7411, B2.18
Thomsen, Marianne Professor mth@envs.au.dk +4587158602 7412, C2.43
Thøgersen, Mariane Schmidt Postdoc mst@envs.au.dk
Winding, Anne Senior Researcher aw@envs.au.dk +4587158615 7411, B2.16
Zeng, Yonghui Junior Fellow zeng@envs.au.dk +4587153776 1630, 207
Zervas, Thanassis Postdoc az@envs.au.dk 7411, B2.21
Zhang, Xueqian PhD Student xqzh@envs.au.dk 7412, C2.51
Foto: Britta Munter, DMU

Section research areas

The section has expertise in a number of specific areas within microbial ecology: Environmental risk analysis of microorganisms and sustainable ecobiotechnology, including GMO; human exposure to microorganisms in the environment; environmental assessment using microbiological indicators; microbial degradation of pollutants and gene exchange among microorganisms. The research activities involve a number of methods for measuring different parameters at the level of individual species - for example, the presence of the species in the atmosphere, its fate in the environment and foods, and the interactions between species both within and between trophic levels. Similarly, different forms of diversity (genetic and functional) are measured in entire microbial populations and used as indicators for soil quality parameters.

The current specific areas of expertise form the platform for fulfilling the future ambitions of the section designed to meet society’s future requirements for research and for knowledge. The following research areas are in focus:


Incidence, effect and dispersion of microorganisms in the atmosphere.

Pathogenic microorganisms in the environment

This research is at the intersection between microbial ecology and medical microbiology. It examines the role of environment as a habitat for pathogenic microorganisms, and for their spread and exposure to humans.

The role of microorganisms in sustainable recycling

Research into the microbial aspects of intelligent recycling of the elements N, P and SCin waste streams.

Sustainable utilisation of resources  

The section is also involved in analyses of local and regional strategies for the sustainable use of resources. This includes development of methods for nutrient recycling, aiming to mitigate environmental pollution and emission of greenhouse gases through a more appropriate and efficient use of resources. Central methods in this work comprise extended ecoindustrial life cycle assessments of nutrient flows, as well as risk analyses of derived effects on environment and health.

Scientific results

You will find information on the scientific results of research and advisory work carried out by the section via the following links:

Available Bachelor and Master Projects

The Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology at Aarhus University, Roskilde, offers exciting facilities to students interested in doing their Master's or Bachelor's thesis with us. Our advantages include:

- Expertise in diverse areas of microbiology;

- eDNA center with Illumina MiSeq and NextSeq sequencer;

- Competences in bioinformatics;

- Modern lab;

- International environment.

Click the links below or on the side column to find more information about the projects.

Please contact us, if you have your own idea for a project or would like to know more about us.

- Plasmid encoded phage resistance in Salmonella ‐ battle of two molecular parasites?

- Screening for novel biocontrol agents against plant pathogens

- CRISPR-cas in industrially relevant bacterial strains

- Sampling and characterization of micro-fungi in air

- Collection Device for Bacteria in Air

- Microbial community diversity in agricultural soils with no to low carbon input

- Biochar as a carrier of plant growth promoting bacteria