About Aarhus University

Lars Hestbjerg Hansen

Head of section, Professor

Lars Hestbjerg Hansen

Profile

The microbial world is strange and fascinating. I use molecular approaches to investigate complex questions in microbial ecology in both fundamental and applied sciences. My main fields of research include how bacteria perceive their environment, and change accordingly, transfer and stability of bacterial plasmids as well as plasmid evolution and bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Lately Next generation DNA sequencing of environmental DNA has become a favourite tool for investigating bacterial, phage and plasmid diversity in in research related to human health and bacteriophage-host interactions. My long-term experience in microbial sequencing projects include 16S rRNA gene based phylogenetic studies in various environments, bacterial genome sequencing of commensal bacteria & putative pathogens, plasmids conferring degradative pathways, virulence traits or antibiotic resistance.

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