Anne Winding

Senior Researcher

Curriculum Vitae


1994 Ph.D. Microbial Ecology, Section of Microbiology, Royal Veterinary and Agricul­tural University.

1990 M.Sc. Microbial Ecology, Department of Applied Microbiology, University of Copenhagen.

Professional/Work Experience:

2007-  Head, Section of Microbiology, Department of Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology, AU-NERI, DK.

2000- Senior Scientist, Department of Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology, NERI, DK

1994-2000 Scientist, Department of Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology, NERI, DK

1991-1994 PhD-student, Department of Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology, NERI, DK and Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark

1990-1991 Research Assistant, Department of Microbiology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Research interests: 

Microbial ecology in terrestrial environments with special emphasis on the following:

  • Microbial diversity in terrestrial environment and effects on ecosystem services
  • Structure, diversity and function of microbial communities including bacteria, fungi and protozoa
  • Resilience and robustness of microbial communities when challenged with microbes and other organisms, pesticides and xenobiotic compounds
  • Microbiological soil quality
  • Interactions between bacteria and protozoa in terrestrial environment
  • Risk assessment of released microorganisms (genetically modified or microbial pest control agents),
  • Bioremediation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and dependence on bioavailability
  • Environmental effects of xenobiotic compounds including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, nanomaterials and pesticides
  • Techniques in use include up-to-date molecular tools, such as PCR-DGGE, cloning and RFLP, chemical analysis and traditional microbiological culturing techniques and microscopy.

Research exchange visits:

  • 1987 May-December. University of Tromsø, Norway. Enrolled as a biology student and working as technician in a microbiology laboratory.
  • 1989 September- December. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Visiting Drs. W.C Ghiorse and E.L. Madsen and conducting experiments on microbial degradation of PAH contaminated soil
  • 2004-2005 November-March. University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Visiting Prof. P. H. Janssen and conduction research on unculturable soil bacteria.


  • Advisor for 3, 3 PhD students, 5 master students, volunteers and technicians.
  • Opponent on Ph.D. defense: 2003 Katarina Söderberg, Lund University, Sweden.
  • Host for visiting scientist associate professor Mette M. Svenning, Tromsø University, Norway.
  • Guest lecture at the KU-LIFE in risk assessment of microorganisms and the use of beneficial microorganisms in agriculture, and at RUC in effects and risk assessment of xenobiotics in soil.

Research management:

2011-present Deputy Head of Department

2007-2011 Head of Section of Microbiology (average 5 AC, 4 TAP, 1-5 PhD-students, 1 post-doc)

1994-  Project leader of own projects

Recent funding, 2005-2010:

2010 EcoFINDERS FP7-Environment EU project. WP leader. 

2009 Durability of single-wall carbon nanotubes as affected by physicochemical and biological factors in the environment. AU Research Fund DKK 375.000

2007 Human exposure to microbiological pest control agents, indigenous relatives and other microorganisms Danish EPA. DKK 605.700

2005 Interactions between protozoa and bacteria equipped with chemical weapons. Danish Research Council DKK 2.000.000

2004 Quantification and identification of active microorganisms in microbial plant protection products. Danish EPA DKK 178.450


Number of publications, Web of Science: 31

Number of citations: 826

H-index 17