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Research areas


  • 2009 (09/06): Ph.D. Marine Microbiology (interspecies interactions and hydrocarbon degradation), MPI Bremen
  • 2005: M.Sc. in Marine Microbiology (symbiosis), Max Planck for Marine Microbiology/MPI Bremen (DE)



  • 2022- now: Professor in microbial physiology and biochemistry
  • 2018-2022 : Associate Professor in microbial physiology (tenured), University of Southern Denmark (DK)
  • 2017 (6 mo.): Guest Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (USA)
  • 2015-2018: Assistant Professor and junior group leader, University of Southern Denmark (DK)
  • 2013-2015: Postdoc fellow in interspecies interactions, University of Southern Denmark (DK)
  • 2010-2013: Postdoc in interspecies interactions, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (USA)
  • 2009-2010: Postdoc in nanoscience, Institute of Nanoscience, University of Aarhus (DK)

FUNDING AS PI: 9+ million € since 2013


  • 2022: European Research Council Consolidator Awardee
  • 2021: Novo Nordisk Ascending Investigator
  • 2015: Sapere Aude Research Leader 
  • 2016: Research Prize, Fyens Stiftidsende 
  • 2006: Teaching Award; Marmic; Max Planck Society Bremen (DE)
  • 1998: Excellence fellowship, University of Bucharest, 3rd best entrance exam of ca. 1000 candidates.

Education/Academic qualification

Marine Microbiology, PhD, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology

Apr 20059. Jun 2009

Award Date: 9. Jun 2009

Marine Microbiology, MSc, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology

Sept 2003Apr 2005

Award Date: 15. Apr 2005

External positions

Assistant Prof. (guest), University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Feb 2017Jul 2017

Postdoc, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

1. Nov 201031. Oct 2013

Postdoc, Aarhus University

1. Mar 200931. Oct 2010

Research areas

  • Microbiology
  • Interspecies interactions
  • Syntrophy
  • Molecular microbiology
  • Microbial communication
  • Metabolism
  • Extracellular electron transfer
  • Biofuel
  • Microbial electrosynthesis


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