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Our aim

No one had ever imagined life based on internal electric wires.

Cable bacteria conduct electrons with an efficiency that physics and molecular biology so far can’t explain, and nothing is known on how they control their energy and growth metabolism, when the respiratory electron transport chain is split between cells centimeters apart.

Center for Electromicrobiology aims to unravel how this unique form of life functions.

A Center of Excellence

Center for Electromicrobiology is a Center of Excellence - funded by the Danish National Research Foundation in October 2017.  

Centers are expected to engage in pondering some of the large unsolved questions and address the challenges that intrigue them the most. The philosophy is that when excellent people work with problems they are most passionate about, groundbreaking results will follow. In other words, the foundation welcomes curiosity-driven research or what might be described as exceptional researchers’ “dream projects.”


The Center for Electromicrobiology is hosted at AU Bioscience as an independent unit on the main AU Campus and shares the state-of-the-art laboratories, facilities and instruments with the Section for Microbiology, an internationally leading research group in microbial ecology and biogeochemistry.

The Center for Electromicrobiology is also tapping into expertise and analytical facilities at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and the iNANO Center, all within 4 minutes walking distance.

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