Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme

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

Supervisors 2019

These potential supervisors are offering projects for students starting in 2019.

*** Note that there will be a new list of potential supervisors for students starting in 2020 ***

The research topics listed below give an idea of the research in each supervisor’s lab. Follow the links to their lab webpages to find out more.

The following supervisors are also part of CPH Bioscience PhD but cannot offer long-term projects for students starting in 2019: Elisabetta Ferretti, Pablo I. Nikel, Julien Duxin, Jesper V. Olsen, Niels Mailand, Torben Hansen, Tune H. Pers, Alex Toftgaard Nielsen, Lars Keld Nielsen.

Applicants to CPH Bioscience PhD must explain their research interests in their application, but are not committed to any particular group until after joining the programme.

New pre-doc students must complete three short rotation projects in different labs, then make an agreement with one of their 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.

Each student applies to and is initially recruited by one of the four Centers. However, it is possible to do rotation projects at other Centers; and students may apply to change Center after completing their rotation projects.

DanStem  |  CPR  |  CBMR | CFB


Center for Stem Cell Biology (DanStem)

Luis Arnes PerezTranscriptional regulation of cellular identity in development and cancer

Josh BrickmanSelf-organizing transcriptional networks mediating pluripotency and differentiation

Kim Bak Jensen – Regulatory mechanisms controlling stem cell fate during development, homeostasis and disease

Elke OberProgenitor cell dynamics and potency in zebrafish liver organogenesis and regeneration

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 (CPR)

Søren BrunakUnderstanding the network biology of multi-morbidity patients with more than one disease

Chuna Ram ChoudharySystems-wide analysis of cell signaling networks

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

Jiri LukasMolecular pathways that guard integrity of human genomes against endogenous DNA damage

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 NilssonProtein phosphatases in cellular signaling

Simon RasmussenDeep learning for human variation data in health and disease

Nicholas Taylor – Revealing the mechanisms of biomolecular machines using high-resolution cryo-electron microscopy


Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR)

Ken ArnoldMetabolic science in culture

Adam Bencard – Philosophical, cultural and historical perspectives on microbiome research

Manimozhiyan ArumugamMicrobiome systems biology and therapeutics

Romain BarrèsTo identify the critical epigenetic nodes controlling the gene expression response to exercise in human muscle

Christoffer ClemmensenNeuroendocrinology of energy metabolism

Brice EmanuelliExploring the molecular mechanisms controlling insulin action and metabolic functions

Thomas FrimurerMolecular modeling and structure-based design

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

Matthew GillumRemote control of appetite and hedonism by the liver

Niels GrarupPhysiological impact of the human genome in metabolism

Jens Juul HolstTranslational aspects of obesity and diabetes development and treatment

Tuomas KilpeläinenInterplay between genetic and lifestyle factors in metabolic health

Camilla SchéeleTranslational cell metabolism

Thue SchwartzSignaling metabolites and their specific receptors as regulators of endocrine and metabolic function and drivers of metabolic inflammation in obesity and diabetes. 

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

Juleen R. ZierathCircadian biology


Center for Biosustainability (CFB)

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

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

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

Morten NørholmMicrobial evolution and synthetic biology

Lasse Ebdrup Pedersen – CHO cell line engineering

Morten SommerEngineering advanced microbiome therapeutics

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

Tilmann WeberEngineering antibiotics production in actinomycetes

Ditte Hededam Welner – Developing enzymes for a sustainable chemical industry