Extremophiles and Biotechnology

Research areas

Members of the group are working with a wide range of organisms; bacteria, archaea, fungi and microalgae, and many different aspect are being studied. The microbial diversity on earth is enormous, both with respect to physiology, phylogeny and microbial niches, and it is believed that less than 1% of the microorganisms in nature have been studied so far.

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Members of the group are working with thermophilic bacteria and archaea from geothermal environments like deep oil reservoirs and hot springs, methane oxidizing bacteria, bacteria from deep ocean coral reefs, anaerobes, fungi and microalgae. A number of aspects related to these microorganisms are being studied, e.g.:

  • Molecular adaptations to extreme temperatures
  • Diversity in extreme environments (hot springs, hot oil-wells, The Antarctic) using metagenomic and cultivation-dependent approaches
  • Bacterial-invertebrate interactions in deep sea coral reefs
  • Genomics, proteomics and gene regulation
  • Isolation and characterization of novel thermophiles
  • Diversity, occurrence and survival of Shigella-like organisms in tropical freshwaters
  • Microalgae (bioprospecting and bio-hydrogen production)
  • Fungi

We can offer a range of Masters thesis projects within our research fields.