Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme

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


These potential supervisors are offering projects for students starting in 2021.

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

The following supervisors are also part of CPH Bioscience PhD but are not offering long-term projects for students starting in 2021: Elisabetta Ferretti, Elke Ober, Henrik Semb, Kim Bak Jensen, Jiri Lukas, Niels Mailand, Jakob Nilsson, Tune H. Pers, Camilla Scheele.

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)

Mariaceleste AragonaTissue architecture: addressing stem cell dynamics in epithelia

Luis Arnes PerezTranscriptional regulation of cellular identity in development and cancer. Understanding the “dark-side“ of the genome.

Josh Brickman – Integrating signalling with transcription in lineage specification

Kirsten GrønbækIs it possible to prevent leukemia? – Preclinical and clinical studies

Bo Porse – Single cell proteomics to delineate heterogeneity in normal and malignant hematopoiesis

Jakub Sedzinski – How to build a tissue? Combining cell developmental biology, biophysics, and systems biology approaches to understand morphogenesis

Palle Serup – Control of cell fate in fetal pancreas and organoids by oscillating Notch signalling

Joachim Weischenfeldt Oncogenic 3D chromatin organisation changes in leukemia

Kyoung Jae Won Computational approaches for single cell genomics and Spatial Transcriptomics

Jan Żylicz Epigenetic and metabolic regulation of early development

Center for Protein Research (CPR)

Søren Brunak – Understanding how pathways and diseases overlap in multi-morbidity patients with more than one disease

Chuna ChoudharySystems-wide analysis of cell signaling networks

Julien DuxinUnderstanding the repair mechanisms of chemotherapeutic induced DNA-protein crosslinks

Anja GrothMolecular mechanisms in chromatin replication and epigenome maintenance

Lars Juhl Jensen – Network biology: large-scale biomedical data and text mining

Eva Kummer (new – starting April 1, 2021) – Structure and function of macromolecular machines from human mitochondria

Matthias Mann – Mass spectrometry based proteomics for clinical applications in metabolic diseases and cancer

Guillermo Montoya – cryoEM of protein complexes involved in genome instability 

Michael Lund NielsenCharacterizing post-translational modifications by quantitative proteomics

Jesper V. OlsenGlobal analysis of disease signaling pathways by quantitative phosphoproteomics

Simon Rasmussen – Deep learning for human genome, proteome and microbiome variation 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 Arnold(1) History of museums; (2) Relation of arts & sciences; (3) Public engagement with medicine & sciences

Manimozhiyan Arumugam – Gut microbial metabolites modulating host metabolism

Romain Barrès – Epigenetic gametic inheritance in metabolic diseases

Adam BencardCultural, philosophical and historical contexts for metabolic science, and the complex meetings between science and the public

Christoffer Clemmensen – Neuroendocrine regulation of satiety: Transforming molecular insights into therapeutic strategies

Atul DeshmukhProtein dynamics in response to diet and physical exercise using mass spectrometry-based proteomics

Brice Emanuelli – Mechanisms linking adipose tissue functions and plasticity to metabolic health

Thomas Frimurer – Molecular modeling and structure-based drug design

Zach Gerhart-Hines – Environmental control of adipose tissue metabolism and systemic energy homeostasis

Matthew GillumThe sweet tooth

Niels GrarupPhysiological impact of the human genome in metabolism

Torben HansenMulti-omics profiling to understand the molecular etiology of childhood obesity and to improve preventive and treatment strategies

Tuomas Kilpeläinen – Gene-environment interaction in obesity and metabolic health

Thomas MoritzUnderstanding the function of metabolites using quantitative metabolomics and dynamic metabolomics

Kei SakamotoUncovering molecular and cellular signaling mechanisms that control metabolic functions

Thue W. Schwartz – Signaling metabolites and their GPCR sensors as autocrine and paracrine regulators of metabolic function and cancer cell metabolism and defense mechanisms

Jonas Thue Treebak – Defining the role of NAD+ generating/consuming pathways for maintaining metabolic health and tissue function

Louise Whiteley – (1) Media representations of metabolic research; (2) Cultural perspectives on mind-gut-microbiome connections; (3) Science-society relations

Center for Biosustainability (CFB)

Irina Borodina – Metabolic Engineering of yeast for bio-based chemicals

Michael Krogh JensenYeast synthetic biology

Ivan Mijakovic – Metabolic engineering of a CO2 fixation pathway in Bacillus subtilis – cell factories to counter climate change

Alex Toftgaard NielsenProduction of biochemicals using bacterial cell factories

Lars Keld NielsenData-driven design of cell factory

Pablo I. Nikel – Advanced engineering of bacterial cell factories for bioproduction of new-to-Nature molecules

Morten NørholmMicrobial evolution and synthetic biology

Morten Sommer – Constructing sustainable microbial foods

Tilmann Weber – Next generation genome mining for antibiotics and other specialized metabolites

Ditte Hededam Welner – Enzyme engineering and structural biology for biosustainability