Mads Frederik Hansen
Universitetsparken 15, 2100 KÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¸benhavn ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ
I'm a microbiologist focusing on microbial communities and their properties. Most bacteria produce an extracellular matrix called a biofilm in which they reside, protected from various stresses. How the biofilm is structured and composed depends on the age of the community and which species are present. One of the stresses I find particularly interesting is viral exposure and together with my colleagues we investigate whether certain combinations of bacteria are able to withstand exposure to lethal viruses when forming biofilms together.
Primary fields of research
- Community-intrinsic properties of multispecies biofilms
We are looking into how cooperation and/or competition between bacterial species influence the formation of biofilm communities.
One topic of interest is whether multispecies communities benefit from being a diverse group that respectively produce different matrix components.
- Community context in bacteriophage-biofilm dynamics
We attempt to understand the importance of spatial organization of multiple species during viral exposure.