Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences (PLEN)

The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479 and today has approx. 38,000 students and 9,000 employees. The mission of Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences (PLEN) is to stimulate fundamental research and the synergy between basic and applied research in biology and environmental science. The focus is on plants, microorganisms, animals and the environment as a basis for sustainable production of food and other biological products. Research and teaching cover natural resources, agriculture, biotechnology and synthetic biology from the molecular level to the ecosystem scale.



Kristian Koefoed Brandt

Associate professor (PhD) and head of the Environmental Microbiology Research Group at University of Copenhagen. Research activities aim to elucidate, understand, and exploit microbe-pollutant interactions and basic interactions between microorganisms and their environment. UCPH scientist-in-charge in the SoildiverAgro project, WP4 leader and involved in most WPs

+45 35 33 26 12 | kkb@plen.ku.dk


Simon Bo Lassen

MSc in biology and currently studying for his Ph.D. degree through a joint program between the University of Copenhagen, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Sino-Danish Center in Beijing, China. Research activities include soil microbial ecology and application of high-throughput qPCR chips for functional characterization of microbial communities. Simon contributes to WP3, 4 and 5.

+45 35 33 63 52 | s.lassen@plen.ku.dk


Kai Ding

PhD in ecology. Postdoctoral researcher at University of Copenhagen. Major research concentrates on soil microbial community dynamics and its effect on nutrient cycling and functional diversity. Kai is responsible for optimization of high-throughput qPCR chips for microbial community analysis and contributes to WP3, 4 and 5.



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