Henrik Hjarvard de Fine Licht
Section for Organismal Biology
Thorvaldsensvej 40, 1871 Frederiksberg C
11/2018 - Associate professor (current position), Section for Organismal Biology, Department of Plant and Environmental Science (PLEN), University of Copenhagen.
9/2015-10/2018 Assistant Professor (current position), Section for Organismal Biology, Department of Plant and Environmental Science (PLEN), University of Copenhagen, Funded by a Villum Young Investigator Grant.
9/2013-8/2015 Postdoctoral researcher (current position), Section for Organismal Biology (Prof. Jørgen Eilenberg), Department of Plant and Environmental Science (PLEN), University of Copenhagen, Funded by an independent Carlsberg Foundation 2 year fellowship.
3-5/2013 Molecular Biologist, Molecular Diagnostic Unit, Copenhagen University Hospital, Roskilde.
1/2011-2/2013 Postdoctoral researcher, Centre for Genomic Ecology, Microbial Ecology (Prof. Anders Tunlid), Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden. DFF | FNU Independent Danish Research Council 2 year fellowship. Including paternity leave, 4 months in 2012.
1-12/2010 Postdoctoral researcher, Centre for Social Evolution (Prof. Jacobus J. Boomsma), Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
6/2002 B.Sc. in Biology, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
1/2006 M.Sc. in Biology, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Thesis title: "Symbiont transmission, specificity and its consequences in two species of fungus-growing termites". Supervised by Associate professor Duur K. Aanen.
12/2009 Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark., Thesis title: "Substrate use and enzyme activity in fungus-growing ants".
Relevant courses taken since PhD:
1/2011 Workshop on Comparative Genomics, Duration: two weeks (full-time), Cesky Krumlow, Chech Republic.
9-10/2011 PERL Programming, Duration: five weeks (full-time), Lund University, Sweden.
5/2011 Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern, Switzerland, visiting researcher and field work.
2011-13 Lund University, Sweden, post-doc.
8-12/2008 Department of Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin, USA. visiting researcher (Prof. Ulrich Mueller).
2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 Smithsonian Tropical Research Institue (STRI), Gamboa, Panama, Field work(total five months).
2004, 2005 University of Pretoria, South Africa, visiting researcher and field work (Total four months).
4-6/2004 BIOTEC National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Bangkok, Thailand, visiting researcher and field work.
6-12/2003 Eidgenössische Technische Hochshule (ETH) Zürich, Switzerland, visiting researcher (Prof. Paul Schmid-Hempel).
Grants and Awards
2020 Carlsberg Foundation Young Researcher Fellowship, DKK 4.000.000 Title: From plants to animals - understanding inter-kingdom host-shifts of fungal pathogens
2018 Sapere Aude | DFF-Starting grant, DKK 5.900.000 Title: Elucidating the evolutionary consequences of cryptic genetic variation and phenotypic plasticity for fungal host-shifts
2017 DFF | FNU Project 1, DKK 2.517.120 Received as funding that allow me to hire a phd to work on host-pathogen co-evolution.
2015 NOVA Phd course grant, DKK 106.000 Funding to organize a one-week Phd course.
2014 Villum Young Investigator grant, DKK 3.900.000 Three years funding and hiring of two year postdoc.
2013 Carlsberg foundation research grant, DKK 60.000 To produce next generation sequence data.
2012 Carlsberg foundation postdoctoral fellowship, DKK 1.109.642 Received as funding for post-doc. project at University of Copenhagen.
2012 First prize, post-doc. poster award, DKK ~500 Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE) international conference in Dublin, Ireland
2011 Royal Physiographic Society in Lund, DKK ~81.000 To purchase a computer cluster for data intensive bioinformatic analysis.
2011 Danish Mycological Society research travel grant, DKK 4.000 Received as funding for fieldwork in Switzerland.
2010 DFF | FNU Postdoctoral Fellowship, DKK 1.150.000 Received as funding for post. doc. project at Lund University.
2004 WWF/Novozymes research travel grant, DKK 10.000
Education: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (danish: Adjunktpædagogikum), (2014), at the Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen; Introduction to University Pedagogy (IUP) (2013), at the Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen.
M.Sc. courses: Biological control of pests (2013), at Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen; Genomic approaches for non-model organisms (2012-2014), at the Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen.
B.Sc. courses: Animal Life and Function (2014), at Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen; Animal and plant diversity (2014), at Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen; Terrestrial ecology (2011), at Department of Biology, Lund University; Population biology (2005-2006), at Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen; Entomology summer course (2005-2007), at Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen.
M.Sc. projects: Benjamin Hanson Conlon (2014-); Jakob Spile (2014-); Oana Cheta (2014-); Pepijn Kooij (2007-2008).
Important collaborators- Dr. Duur Aanen, University of Wageningen, NL - Dr. Peter Biedermann, Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, D - Prof. Jacobus J. Boomsma, University of Copenhagen, DK - Dr. Karin Eiglmeier, Pasteur Institute, F - Prof. Ann Hajek, Cornell University, USA - Prof. Jean-Paul Latgé, Pasteur Institute, F - Dr. Michael Poulsen, University of Copenhagen, DK - Dr. Christian Rabeling, Harvard University, USA - Prof. Anders Tunlid, Lund University, S - Dr. Kerstin Voigt, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, D
Referee activityEditorial board member - Fungal Ecology Reviewer - Animal Behavior - Biology Letters - BMC Biochemistry - BMC Evolutionary Biology - Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Current Microbiology - Ecological Entomology - Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata - Evolutionary Ecology - FEMS Microbiology Ecology - Microbial Ecology - Molecular Ecology - Scientific Reports Academic experience Data analysis & Bioinformatics Experimental design and multivariate statistics; Statistical phylogenetic and population genetic analysis; Next-generation sequence data analysis using PERL scripting and data handling in a command line Linux environment; statistical programming in R; relational database management including SQL Languages Danish (mother tongue), English, Swedish, German, Proficiency in scientific writing and giving presentationsAdministrative Section representative in Department IT committee, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences (2014-); Seminar series organizer at Section for Social Evolution, KU (2008-2009) and Section for Organismal Biology, KU (2014-).Laboratory Molecular genetic techniques including cloning, sequencing, RNA extraction, cDNA library construction and real-time PCR; Experimentation in the laboratory and in the field; Behavioral assays; Insect collection, transport, rearing and maintenance; Enzyme activity assays; Microbial isolation and cultivation techniques.Memberships European Society of Evolutionary Biology, Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, British Mycological Society, and the Danish Microbiological Society.