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Center for Microbial Communities

About CMC

The overall research mission of the Center for Microbial Communities (CMC) is to provide new fundamental understanding of structure and function of microbial communities in engineered and natural habitats. This provides insight into improved management of various microbial processes and advises how microbial communities can solve, in a sustainable way, some of the grand challenges the society faces.

CMC has currently approx. 35 researchers, primarily from Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, AAU. We have a close collaboration with researchers from Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science, University of Vienna, Austria, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, besides many other national and international key institutions in the field. 

The Center for Microbial Communities (CMC) was founded in 2013 as an interdisciplinary research center funded by Aalborg University, Danish and German Research councils, the EU and additional support from industry and foundations

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Latest publications

Genomic insights into Candidatus Amarolinea aalborgensis gen. nov., sp. nov., associated with settleability problems in wastewater treatment plants. Martin Hjorth Andersen; Simon McIlroy; Marta Nierychlo; Per Halkjær Nielsen; Mads Albertsen. 2019. 

The morphology and metabolic potential of the Chloroflexi in full-scale activated sludge wastewater treatment plants./ Marta Nierychlo; Aleksandra Milobedzka; Francesca Petriglieri; Bianca McIlroy; Per Halkjær Nielsen; Simon Jon McIlroy.FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 2019. 

Retrieval of a million high-quality, full-length microbial 16S and 18S rRNA gene sequences without primer bias. / Karst, Søren Michael; Dueholm, Morten Simonsen; McIlroy, Simon Jon; Kirkegaard, Rasmus Hansen; Nielsen, Per Halkjær; Albertsen, Mads.I: Nature Biotechnology, 2018, s. 196-195.

Novel prosthecate bacteria from the candidate phylum Acetothermia
Liping Hao, Simon Jon McIlroy, Rasmus Hansen Kirkegaard, Søren Michael Karst, Warnakulasuriya Eustace Yrosh Fernando, Hüsnü Aslan, Rikke Louise Meyer, Mads Albertsen, Per Halkjær Nielsen & Morten Simonsen Dueholm.The ISME Journal (2018)

Genomic and in Situ Analyses Reveal the Micropruina spp. as Abundant Fermentative Glycogen Accumulating Organisms in Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal Systems. / McIlroy, Simon Jon; Carvallo, Cristobal Andres Onetto; McIlroy, Bianca; Herbst, Florian-Alexander; Dueholm, Morten Simonsen; Kirkegaard, Rasmus Hansen; Warnakulasuriya, Eustace Yrosh Fernando; Karst, Søren Michael; Nierychlo, Marta; Kristensen, Jannie Munk; Eales, Kathryn L.; Grbin, Paul R.; Wimmer, Reinhard; Nielsen, Per Halkjær. I: Frontiers in Microbiology, 23.05.2018.

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Head of Center: Per Halkjær Nielsen
Email: phn@bio.aau.dk 
Tel.: (45) 9940 8503
Mobile: (45) 2173 5089

Scientific Secretary: Marta Nierychlo
Email: mni@bio.aau.dk
Mobile: (45) 6172 3721

Center for Microbial Communities
Aalborg University
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7H
9220 Aalborg East

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