I am a marine microbiologist working as Senior Researcher at DTU Bioengineering at the Technical University of Denmark. I assess microbial degradation of plastic and micropollutants and recruit the bacteria and their enzymes. Furthermore, I evaluate bacteria as biocontrol agents in aquaculture systems. Previously, my research has contributed to the natural product discovery pipeline of the FP7 project PharmaSea including work on the cultivation and extraction of marine bacteria and their antibacterial bioactivities. Within the FP7 project MaCuMBA, my work aimed to improve culturability of marine bacteria for biotechnological applications.
I studied biology at the University of Kiel in Germany and the University of Southern Denmark conducting the research of my Master thesis at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany. I received my PhD in Marine Microbiology from the Jacobs University Bremen and the International Max Planck Research School for Marine Microbiology in Germany investigating the impact of bacteria-microalgae interactions on carbon flux. Before moving to Denmark, I worked as postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, San Diego within the California Center for Algae Biotechnology on the biochemical analysis of microalgal fatty acid biosynthesis and secondary metabolism and metabolic engineering of microalgae towards crop protection in biofuel production.
I am fascinated by microbes, how they communicate and interact in beneficial and detrimental ways on a microscopic scale. I study these interaction pathways on the gene, RNA, protein, and metabolite level with the overall goal to predict how chemical communication controls and is controlled by the habitat and to exploit these mechanisms for biotech applications.