Section for Microbiology


The Section for Microbiology studies microbial physiology, evolution, ecology, and biogeochemistry. The development and integration of microbiological, molecular biological and biogeochemical methods, micro sensor technology, and physical-chemical analyses has contributed to the strong research profile of the Section in microbiology and microbial ecology. This spectrum of methods ensures research at all biological levels, from single cells to microbial communities, ecosystems, and the role of microorganisms in the global element cycles.

Our research focuses on aquatic environments represented by three research centres: 1) Center for Electromicrobiology is a Center of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. The center is targeting microbially mediated bioelectricity of marine and fresh water sediments, 2) Centre for Water Technology targeting water management and 3) Center for Geomicrobiology targeting the microbial ecology and biogeochemistry of marine environments. Further research fields are microorganisms in extreme environments including astro- and aeromicrobiology, microbial symbiosis, bacterial biofilms, and the application and control of microorganisms in biogas reactors, and industrial plants.

The Section for Microbiology offers a teaching curriculum, which provides students with skills that constitute a versatile professional foundation for a modern microbiologist. The course content includes both theory and practice and focuses on the section's core research areas.

Section Head

Kasper Urup Kjeldsen

Associate professor
H 1535, 113
P +4587156506


Tue 05 Feb
10:30-12:30 | Department of Bioscience, Ny Munkegade 114-116, 8000 Aarhus C, Building 1540-116
Karoline Faust: Principle, problems and applications of microbial network inference.
Seminar: Microbiology
Wed 20 Feb
13:00-15:00 | Lake side lecture theatres, Jeppe Vontillius, Bartholins Allé 3, building 1252-310
Microsensor analysis of H2 gradients – H2 production and consumption in microbial communities
PhD defencce: Karen Maegaard, Microbiology
Thu 14 Mar
11:00-13:00 | Aarhus University, Department of Bioscience, Ny Munkegade 114-116, building 1540-116
Douglas Bartlett: Microbial Life at the Greatest Ocean Depths
Seminar: Microbiology


2018.12.05 | Microbiology

New PhD student: Vincent Valentin Scholz

Welcome to Vincent who is a new PhD student at Center for Electromicrobiology. Project: Ecology of cable bacteria (Eccaba).

2018.11.21 | Microbiology

Visiting PhD student: Corinna Sachs

This week, Corinna Sachs from the Institute of Groundwater Ecology, Helmholtz Zentrum München, is visiting CEM.

2017.03.03 | BIOS, Public / media, Department of Bioscience, Staff, Microbiology

Bo Barker Jørgensen receives prestigious international award

On Friday night, The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) honors Danish Professor Bo Barker Jørgensen with the prestigious 2017 A.C. Redfield Lifetime Achievement Award Award at the Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Honolulu.

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