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Ph.d. defense Martin Hjorth Andersen

Ph.d. defense Martin Hjorth Andersen

Martin Hjorth Andersen, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, AAU, will defend his thesis on ”Towards real-time DNA-based microbial surveillance at water resource recovery facilities"


01.06.2021 kl. 10.00 - 13.00



Towards real-time DNA-based microbial surveillance at water resource recovery facilities


Microbial communities are essential for well-working engineered systems, such as resource recovery from wastewater streams or bioenergy production. Fast and reliable analyses of the microbes have until recently not been possible to perform routinely. This PhD project developed workflows to enable microbial community analysis within few hours on-site water resource recovery facilities, and were successfully applied for both troubleshooting operational problems and for regular surveillance. The developed methods lay ground for using DNA sequencing as a sensor in resource recovery facilities and other systems where quick microbial community analyses are required.


  • Professor MSO Mads Albertsen, Aalborg University


  • Associate Prof. Trine Rolighed Thomsen (Chairman), Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, AAU
  • Research Director Simona Rossetti, Water Research Institute, Italian National Research Council, Italy
  • Prof. Emeritus Jes la Cour Jansen, Department of Chemical Engineering, Lund University, Sweden

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