Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme

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

Supervisors 2018

These potential supervisors are expected to offer projects for students starting in 2018.

This page will be fully updated by the time applications open in October 2017.

The research topics listed below are suggestions from the supervisors, to give an idea of the research in their lab. Follow the links to the lab webpages to find out more about their research. Each Copenhagen Bioscience PhD programme applicant is expected to discuss and justify the research topics they are interested in as part of their application. This is an expression of interest only, and does not commit the applicant to any particular group.

Candidates joining the Copenhagen Bioscience PhD programme select three labs for short rotation projects after starting the programme, then make an agreement with one of the rotation supervisors to host their long-term (PhD) project. The ultimate PhD project is developed in collaboration between the supervisor and student, according to their mutual interests.

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Danish Stem Cell Center

Josh Brickman

Anne Grapin-Botton – Single cell investigation of organ formation in human stem cell and mouse models

Elisabetta FerrettiDissecting mechanisms of lineage choice and mesoderm specification 

Kristian HelinTargeting epigenetic enzymes in cancer

Agnete KirkebyModelling human brain development in 3D with stem cells

Elke Ober

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 SembIntegration of morphogenesis and cell differentiation during organogenesis

Palle Serup – How signals and transcription factors coordinate cell fate choices


Center for Protein Research

Søren Brunak

Chuna Ram Choudhary

Julien DuxinMechanisms of replication-coupled DNA repair

Lars Juhl Jensen

Jiri Lukas

Niels MailandFunctional characterization of DNA damage signaling pathways

Matthias Mann – Patient stratification by their plasma proteomes

Guillermo Montoya

Michael Lund Nielsen

Jakob Nilsson

Jesper Olsen


Center for Basic Metabolic Research

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 Barrès

Christoffer ClemmensenCentral control of energy metabolism – role of the cholinergic system

Brice Emanuelli

Zach Gerhart-Hines

Matthew GillumHormonal remote control of pleasure-seeking by the liver

Niels Grarup

Torben Hansen(1) Studies of genetics of metabolism in population isolates; (2) The role of the gut-liver axis in development of NAFLD

Bolette HartmannInvestigating the link between gut hormones and bone remodeling

Birgitte HolstHypothalamic sensing of nutritional status and regulation of appetite

Jens Juul Holst

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 Pedersen

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

Camilla Charlotte Schéele

Thue SchwartzMetabolites and metabolite receptors as signaling drivers of metabolic inflammation in obesity and diabetes

Thorkild Ingvor Arrild Sørensen(1) Gene-environment interactions in the development of the obesity epidemic; (2) 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 Treebak – Role of hepatic NAD salvage capacity for development of liver fibrosis and NASH

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


Center for Biosustainability

Irina Borodina – Synthetic biology of yeast for bio-based chemicals

Markus HerrgardData-driven engineering of cell factories

Michael Krogh JensenSynthetic biology tools and refactored natural products biosynthesis in yeast

Helene Faustrup KildegaardGenome engineering of CHO cells towards improved therapeutic protein production

Ivan Mijakovic – Using evolutionary age to characterize genes of unknown function

Solange I. MussattoAdaptive laboratory evolution of yeasts for lignocellulosic hydrolysate bioconversion

Alex Toftgaard NielsenOptimizing the folding and secretion of industrially relevant proteins in bacteria

Lars NielsenModelling complex pathway kinetics using Bayesian sampling

Pablo Iván NikelEngineering the biochemical landscape of environmental bacteria

Morten NørholmMicrobial evolution and synthetic biology

Morten Sommer

Nikolaus SonnenscheinFully automatic cell factory engineering: bridging the gap between model predictions and strain construction

Tilmann WeberEngineering antibiotics production in actinomycetes

Ditte Hededam WelnerEngineering and stabilization of glycosyltransferase enzymes for industrial applications

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