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I am Professor of Environmental Microbiology

The central tenet in all we do is Microbial Resource Management and Engineering: the bridge between environmental engineering and microbial ecology.

My research group uses both advanced experimental (microscopic, molecular, - omic) tools as well as computational (agent and continuum models) approaches to study fundamental and applied microbial ecological questions, with a focus on mixed microbial communities within environmental engineering application.

This translates in an seemingly wide range of research topics: new biotechnological processes for water purification and used water treatment; the engineered nitrogen cycle: applications and fundamentals with focus on autotrophic processes, laughing gas, anammox processes; link between community dynamics and system performance and stability; bacterial adhesion & biofilm formation; bioelectrochemical systems, horizontal gene transfer in microbial communities and the fate of ARGs; mathematical modelling of microbial processes and interactions; new biofilm/bioaggregate based reactors; the new wastewater management paradigm.

I coordinate the METLab (http://metlab.rt.env.dtu.dk/ ) research team and the Microbial Ecology Research Group (http://www.env.dtu.dk/Forskning.aspx). My official webpage is here:www.staff.dtu.dk/bfsm .

Other information

Employment & Work Experience in USA, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Japan,  China, South Korea, Hungary

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

External positions

Asst./Assoc. Professor, University of Connecticut, USA


Asst. Professor/Res. Associate, Clemson University, ÙSA


Res. Assistant, University of Illinois



  • User defined:
  • microbial ecology
  • microbial resources
  • microbial invasion
  • Horizontal gene transfer
  • biodegradation
  • nitrogen
  • used water
  • environmental biotechnology
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • biofilms
  • systems microbiology


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