3 New Associate Professors at the Department of Bioscience, Section for Microbiology

Congratulations to Hans Røy, Kasper Urup Kjeldsen and Nils Risgaard-Petersen

2016.10.20 | Maj Thimm Carlsen

Hans Røy

Kasper Urup Kjeldsen

Nils Risgaard-Petersen

From October 1, Hans Røy, Kasper Urup Kjeldsen, and Nils Risgaard-Petersen have been appointed associated professors to strengthen the research field of Geomicrobiology & Microbial Ecology. The Section for Microbiology highlights their appointment on Friday, October 28, with public seminars by the three new associated professors (14:00, Auditorium D2), followed by a reception (approx. 15:15, 1540-229).

Hans Røy, associated professor in Marine Biogeochemistry, holds a PhD in Geology from the University of Bremen, Germany, has previously worked at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, and joined the Center for Geomicrobiology at AU in 2007. Hans uses microbiological knowledge to understand the geochemical cycles that prokaryotes drive in nature; and geochemical data to derive the ecophysiology of uncultivated microorganisms in aquatic sediments. 

Kasper Urup Kjeldsen, associated professor in Molecular Geomicrobiology, obtained his PhD in Microbiology from AU and, after research stays at the Universities of Vienna and Washington, joined the Center for Geomicrobiology at AU in 2008. Kasper develops and applies DNA- and RNA-based methods to investigate metabolic function, diversity and distribution of uncultured microbes in the seabed. His goal is understanding their ecological roles, evolution, and the factors that govern their community structure. 

Nils Risgaard-Petersen, associated professor in Microbial Ecology, holds a PhD in Microbiology from AU and spent several years at the National Environmental Research Institute of Denmark before joining the Center for Geomicrobiology at AU. As experimental scientist, Nils uses diverse tools like micro-electrodes or isotopes in creative ways to study the microbial ecology and biogeochemistry of (marine) sediments. “My scientific drive has always been the fascination of nature and what we can conclude from data, in particular data that do not fit into any established concept. As such I have engaged in elucidating benthic nitrogen cycling, denitrification in eukaryotes, and the fabulous cable bacteria.” 

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