About

Our aim

No one had ever imagined life based on internal electric wires.

Cable bacteria conduct electrons with an efficiency that physics and molecular biology so far can’t explain, and nothing is known on how they control their energy and growth metabolism, when the respiratory electron transport chain is split between cells centimeters apart.

Center for Electromicrobiology aims to unravel how this unique form of life functions.

A Center of Excellence

Center for Electromicrobiology is a Center of Excellence - funded by the Danish National Research Foundation in October 2017.  

Centers are expected to engage in pondering some of the large unsolved questions and address the challenges that intrigue them the most. The philosophy is that when excellent people work with problems they are most passionate about, groundbreaking results will follow. In other words, the foundation welcomes curiosity-driven research or what might be described as exceptional researchers’ “dream projects.”

Read more at the website of the Danish National Research Foundation.

Facilities

Center for Electromicrobiology is hosted at AU Bioscience as an independent unit on the main AU Campus and share the state-of-the-art laboratories, facilities and instruments with the Section for Microbiology, an internationally leading research group in microbial ecology and biogeochemistry.

Center for Electromicrobiology is also tapping into expertise and analytical facilites at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and the iNANO Center, all within 4 minutes walking distance.



Core group

CEM has assembled a multidisciplinary core group with complementary competences .They also serve as supervisors and co-supervisors for PhD students and postdocs within their fields of science and are responsible for the CEM toolbox


Andreas Schramm

Professor Andreas Schramm holds competences in molecular microbial ecology and environmental genomics. The omics toolbox will be his major responsibility.

Nils Risgaard-Petersen

Associate Professor Nils Risgaard Petersen is an expert in biogeochemistry and a pioneer of long distance-electron transport research.

Elena Ferapontova

Associate Professor Elena Ferapontova leads her field in bioelectrochemistry. She is working on introducing and developing electrochemical approaches.


Thomas Boesen

Cryo-EM Facility Manager Thomas Boesen is an acclaimed scientist of structural biology and advanced electron microscopy and has investigated  bacterial nanowires and cable bacteria.  

Lars Peter Nielsen

The CEM leader, Professor Lars Peter Nielsen, has a strong record of leading groundbreaking and interdisciplinary science projects, often at the interface between microbiology and geochemistry.

Filip Meysman

Professor Filip Meysman contributes with his original approach to modelling and his broad cable bacteria research. He will ensure that modelling continues as a powerful tool in electromicrobiology.