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Molecular cell biology

Understanding how cells work and respond to their environment is a fundamental aspect of biology. Research within molecular cell biology at the Department of Biology encompasses studies on both prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms (animals in particular) and is placed in the context of genetics, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology. Research on bacteria focuses on how microorganisms drive the global element cycles and how they interact with animals and plants. Research on various animals discloses the molecular and cellular basis for animal adaptations to their environment and behaviors.

For example, we look into the cellular and subcellular molecular mechanisms regulating energy metabolism, mitochondrial respiration and consequences for cardiovascular function in vertebrates, with focus on hypoxia tolerant species. We also study the transport of electrons in cable-bacteria over centimeter distance and work on elucidating the mechanism and the structure that allow these bacteria to perform their fascinating lifestyle. Biological aspects like these have strong impact in the biomedical field and in the field of ecology, respectively.


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Christian Damsgaard

Assistant Professor

Research areas

Molecular cell biology
Animal physiology
Genetics and evolution
Respiratory Physiology
Acid Base Regulation
Evolutionary Biology
Retina

Research areas

Animal physiology
blood,
oxygen transport, respiration
gasotransmitters
Animal adaptation to the environment
hypoxia,
hibernation, metabolic depression
mitochondria
Molecular ecophysiology
protein function,
globin proteins
animal physiology
mitochondrial function
oxygen transport and respiration
hypoxia
biochemistry and metabolism

Research areas

Astrobiology
Mars
Microbial processes and substance cycles
Ice-nucleating proteins
Microbiology
Microorganisms
Aeromicrobiology
Astrobiology
Aeromicrobiology
Microbial Ecology

Research areas

Nanotechnology and Nanoscience
Microbiology
Bacterial adhesion
Environmental Microbiology
Bacteria
Biofilm
Atomic force microscopy (AFM)
Food safety
Nanobiotechnology
Scanning probe microscopy (SPM)

Research areas

Environmental microbiology
Microbial ecology
Imaging Mass spectrometry
Single cell imaging
Biogeochemistry

Research areas

Fruit flies
Animal physiology
Animal adaptation to the environment
Spiders
Insects
Climatic changes
Cardiovascular Physiology
Reptiles

Tina Santl-Temkiv

Associate Professor

Andreas Schramm

Professor, Vice Head of Center

I am a microbial ecologist interested in the ecophysiology and evolution of microbes involved in environmental element cycling and in microbe-host interaction. My main research is currently in Electromicrobiology, with focus on how electrically conductive cable bacteria work and impact their environment; and in Microbial Symbiosis, especially in bacteria-fungi-insect interactions, their function and evolution, secondary metabolites, and chemical microenvironments in animals.

Research areas

Microbiology
Environmental Microbiology
Molecular Microbial Ecology
Bacteria
Symbiosis
Biodiversity
Ecology
Evolution
Molecular microbiology
Microbial Ecology
Microbial Symbiosis
Electromicrobiology

Research areas

Animal physiology
respiration physiology
Reptiles
Amphibians
Animals
Animal adaptation to the environment
Cardiovascular Physiology
heart

Research centers in Molecular cell biology

Research group in Molecular cell biology