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


Wed 20 Feb
09:45-10:45 | Aarhus University, Department of Bioscience, Ny Munkegade 114-116, building 1540-116
Heribert Cypionka: Magic measurements of proton-related processes
Seminar: WATEC
Wed 20 Feb
11:00-12:00 | Aarhus University, Department of Bioscience, Ny Munkegade 114-116, building 1540-116
Dirk de Beer: Fe uptake from dust by Trichodesmium colonies
Seminar: WATEC
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


2019.02.12 | Microbiology

New Erasmus student: Samuel Greenrod

Topic: Metagenomics of social spider symbionts

2019.02.12 | Microbiology

New BA student: Lærke Christensen

Bachelor project: The Chelicerate Microbiome

2019.02.12 | Microbiology

New BA student: Lea Plum

Bachelor project: Diversity and competition of marine cable bacteria strains

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