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PhD Defense by Henrik Kjeldal

Henrik Kjeldal, Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Science, will defend his thesis on "Characterization of the ecophysiology of micropollutant degrading bacteria by quantitative mass spectrometry-based proteomics".

Last modified: 07.07.2014

TIME:

May 27th, 2014, 13:30 - 16:30

PLACE:

Sohngaardsholmsvej 49, room 49, 9000 Aalborg.

TITLE:

"Characterization of the ecophysiology of micropollutant degrading bacteria by quantitative mass spectrometry-based proteomics"

SHORT ABSTRACT:

The objective of this PhD was devoted to pure-culture studies of the physiology of bacterial strains capable of degrading selected micropollutants. Using different strategies of quantitative MS-based proteomics the catabolism and influence of four different aromatic micropollutants (ibuprofen, triclosan, p-cresol, and gemfibrozil) were investigated.
The combined scientific work of this PhD project demonstrated that proteomics is a valuable technique for characterizing the catabolism of micropollutants and provided novel insight into the catabolism and bacterial resistance against micropollutants ibuprofen, triclosan, p-cresol, and gemfibrozil. Several of the catabolism/resistance-related proteins identified in this study should be further characterized; however, they represent potential candidates that can be used as enzyme markers for biodegradation.

SUPERVISOR:

  • Associate Professor, Jeppe Lund Nielsen, Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering, Aalborg University

ASSESMENT COMMITTEE:

  • Associate Professor, Michael Toft Overgaard (chairman), Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering
  • Dr. Dirk Benndorf, Otto von Guericke University (OvGU), Institute of Process Engineering
  • Professor, Carsten Suhr Jacobsen, De Nationale Geologiske Undersøgelser for Danmark og Grønland (GEUS)

After the defense a small reception will be held at Sohngaardsholmsvej 49 - everybody is welcome.