New Professor in Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology – University of Copenhagen

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05 September 2012

New Professor in Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology

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Christopher Rensing has recently started as Professor of Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology at Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen. The intention is to create greater understanding of the interactions between metals and microbes that are essential for health and the environment.


With the professorship, Christopher Rensing wants to create new knowledge about the interactions between microorganisms and metals.

The professorship is located at Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences where Head of Department Svend Christensen welcomes the cooperation:

  - Chris Rensing’s research forms a foundation of knowledge that is essential to society. Metallo enzymes are essential for microbial conversion of greenhouse gases and thus to global climate change. At the same time, the understanding of the interactions between metals, microorganisms and plants is central to the future remediation of metal contaminated environments.

Chris Rensing will also shed new light on the importance of metals to combat bacteria's ability to cause diseases, and he is a pioneer in the use of metal surfaces to fight infections in hospital environments.

German-American Christopher Rensing comes from a position at the U.S. non-profit research institute Research Triangle Institute International in North Carolina. Before that he was at the University of Arizona for 12 years.

Inaugural lecture

Christopher Rensing’s inaugural lecture takes place on Wednesday 5 December at 14:00 at Faculty of Science in Festauditoriet, Bülowsvej 17, Frederiksberg. Press are welcome.

 Registration for the reception before 23 November to liax@life.ku.dk