Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme

Fully-funded four year PhD programme in an international scientific environment

Supervisors 2017

These potential supervisors are offering projects for students starting in 2017.

The project titles listed below are suggestions from the supervisors, to give an idea of the research in their lab. Each Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme student chooses three labs for short rotation projects, then makes an agreement with one of those supervisors to host their long-term project. The ultimate PhD project is developed in collaboration between the supervisor and student, according to their mutual interests.

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Josh Brickman – Regulating the transition from totipotency to pluripotency

Anne Grapin-Botton – Single cell choices and community behavior during organogenesis

Elisabetta FerrettiRole of Pbx proteins in lineage choice and mesodermal competence

Kristian HelinTargeting epigenetic enzymes in cancer

Agnete KirkebyModelling human brain development in 3D with stem cells

Elke OberProgenitor cell behaviours in zebrafish liver organogenesis and regeneration

Ole William PetersenThe cellular origin of human breast cancer

Bo PorseEpigenetic control in normal and malignant hematopoiesis

Jakub SedzinskiFrom single molecules to forces. A quantitative understanding of epithelial homeostasis at the sub-cellular, cellular and tissue level

Henrik Semb – How polarity shapes the destiny of stem cells

Palle Serup Integration of Notch Signalling and Lineage Specific Transcription Factors in Organ Patterning


Søren BrunakNetwork biology of multi-morbidity patients with more than one disease

Chuna Ram ChoudharyIdentifying novel regulatory mechanisms through system-wide analysis of signaling networks

Julien DuxinMechanism of DNA-protein crosslink repair in S-phase

Lars Juhl JensenNetwork biology: large-scale biomedical data and text mining

Jiri LukasMolecular thresholds of signalling pathways that keep our genomes stable

Niels MailandFunctional characterization of DNA damage signaling pathways

Matthias Mann – Patient stratification by their plasma proteomes

Guillermo MontoyaStructural cell biology of genome editing protein-DNA complexes

Michael Lund NielsenCharacterizing post-translational modifications by quantitative proteomics

Jakob NilssonRegulation of cell division by protein phosphatases

Jesper OlsenGlobal analysis of disease signaling pathways by quantitative phosphoproteomics


Ken ArnoldPublic Engagement with Metabolic Research through Exhibitions: Developing Theoretical and Practical Frameworks for Collection and Display

Manimozhiyan ArumugamSystems biology and bioinformatics for studying human microbiome in health and disease

Romain BarrèsMolecular bases of epigenetic inheritance of metabolic dysfunction in humans

Brice EmanuelliExploring the Molecular Mechanisms Controlling Insulin Action and Metabolic Functions

Zach Gerhart-HinesControl of brown and beige adipose metabolism by the body’s clock

Niels GrarupRole of the human genome in metabolic health and disease

Torben HansenStudies of genetics of metabolism in population isolates / The role of the gut-liver axis in development of NAFLD

Birgitte HolstHypothalamic sensing of nutritional status and regulation of appetite

Jens Juul HolstTranslational aspects of obesity and diabetes development and treatment

Tuomas KilpeläinenInterplay between genetic and lifestyle factors in metabolic health

Filip KnopThe integrative role of the gut in human glucose metabolism – physiologic, pathophysiologic and pharmocologic implications

Oluf PedersenRole of the gut microbiome for human metabolic health

Tune H. PersUncovering neuronal cell types controlling obesity using single-cell transcriptomics

Thue SchwartzMetabolites and Metabolite Receptors as Signaling Drivers of Metabolic Inflammation in Obesity and Diabetes

Thorkild Ingvor Arrild SørensenGene-environment interactions in the development of the obesity epidemic / Roles of genes predisposing to adiposity in body weight changes over time

Signe TorekovPotential synergistic effects of GLP-1 analogues and physical exercise on immuno-metabolic health

Jonas Thue TreebakMolecular regulation of nutrient sensing – Importance of cellular NAD metabolism for insulin sensitivity and proper mitochondrial function

Louise WhiteleyMedia Representation of Metabolic Research and the Relationship between Science and Society


Irina BorodinaTransport proteins for industrial applications

Markus HerrgardData-driven engineering of cell factories

Michael Krogh JensenSynthetic biology tools for evolutionary genome engineering

Helene Faustrup KildegaardGenetic engineering of mammalian cells towards improved therapeutic protein production

Ivan MijakovicEngineering phosphorylation-controlled transcriptional switches through grafting of kinase interaction domains

Solange I. MussattoInhibitor tolerance and xylose fermentation by Kluyveromyces yeast strains

Alex Toftgaard NielsenOptimizing folding and expression of heterologous proteins in metabolic pathways for production of biochemicals in bacteria

Lars NielsenModelling complex pathway kinetics using Bayesian sampling

Pablo Iván NikelMetabolic engineering of environmental bacteria

Morten NørholmEvolution and protein production in bacteria

Morten SommerSynthetic biology for characterizing population heterogeneity and phenotypic stability

Nikolaus SonnenscheinOmics-data based cell factory design

Tilmann WeberCell factory design for antibiotics production