Student Projects

Bachelor and Master students from Danish and international universities can do a research project at DTU Biosustain.

The projects are registered as a special course (10-20 ECTS) or Master thesis (30-60 ECTS).

If you cannot find a suitable project in the list below, do not despair! You can also formulate a project in dialog with a supervisor.

Please also make sure to search for projects in the DTU database. Search for 'biosustain' and you will definitely find our projects.

Synthetic Biology Tools for Yeast

ContactSenior Scientist Michael Krogh Jensen

  • Directed evolution of biosensors and enzymes in yeast
  • Refactoring of natural product biosynthesis for human therapeutics in yeast
  • Development of synthetic evolution systems
  • Application of machine-learning algorithms for forward engineering enzymes and pathways
Metabolic Engineering for Natural Products

Contact: Senior Scientist Dr. Tilmann Weber

  • Isolation and characterisation of metabolites active against gram-negative clinical isolates
  • Cloning, heterologous expression and characterisation of antibiotics biosynthetic pathways   
  • Development of algorithms to predict substrate specificity of biosynthetic enzymes
Metabolic Engineering of Yeast

Contact: Senior Scientist Dr. Irina Borodina 

  • Utilization of systems-level data for metabolic engineering
  • Metabolic engineering of oleaginous yeast for high-value chemicals   
  • Metabolic engineering of yeast for production of bulk chemicals from biomass feedstocks
Sequencing, Informatics, Modeling and Software (SIMS)

ContactProfessor Markus Herrgård or Senior Scientist Dr. Niko Sonnenschein

  • Development of methods for cell factory design based on metabolomics and fluxomics data
  • Integration of biosynthetic pathway finding with techno-economic modeling of bioprocesses
  • Data mining of large-scale screening data from DTU Biosustain automation platforms
  • Development of dynamic visualization tools for interpreting omics and screening data
Membrane Synthetic Biology

Contact: Senior Scientist Morten Nørholm 

  • Molecular mechanisms of aging and evolution
  • Recombinant protein production 
  • Synthetic Biology Tool Development
Optimizing sporulation and germination of Bacilli

(In collaboration with Chr HANSEN Plant Health Fermentation)
Contact: Professor Ivan Mijakovic

  • Studying the heterogeneity of sporulation in high density conditions
  • Studying the molecular mechanisms governing sporulation yield and germination speed
  • Improving spore yield and speed of spore germination
  • Methodology: genetic engineering, quantitative proteomics, phenotype characterization
Sequencing, Informatics, Modeling and Software (SIMS)

ContactProfessor Markus Herrgård or Senior Scientist Dr. Niko Sonnenschein

  • Development of methods for cell factory design based on metabolomics and fluxomics data.
  • Integration of biosynthetic pathway finding with techno-economic modeling of bioprocesses.
  • Data mining of large-scale screening data from DTU Biosustain automation platforms.
  • Development of dynamic visualization tools for interpreting omics and screening data.