Current Members


Nanna Hjort Vidkjær
  • Nanna Hjort Vidkjær

  • Chemical analyses and comparative metabolomics focusing on potentially antimicrobial compounds produced within the fungus-farming termite symbiosis.

Erin Louise Cole
  • Erin Louise Cole

  • Social immune strategies, social immunization and the care-kill disease response in fungus-farming termites

 Suzanne Schmidt
  • Suzanne Schmidt

  • Exploring the potential for the healthy protein-rich termite fungal crops to be used for human consumption

Research Consultants

Luka Alexander Civa
  • Luka Alexander Civa

  • Luka's work in this group will be as an extra hand where needed, including tasks such as arranging group meetings and assisting in the lab

PhD Students

Guangshuo Li
  • Guangshuo Li

  • Describe novel fungal species associated with termites and explore the origin, evolution and function of yeasts in termite gut

Robert Murphy
  • Robert Murphy

  • Resistance evolution and persistence of antifungal susceptibility in fungus-farming termites

Guiying Yang
  • Guiying Yang

  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) communications between Termitomyces and Pseudoxylaria

MSc Students

Benjamin  Jorgenson Fulbright
Sebastian Munch Kofoed
  • Sebastian Munch Kofoed

  • The adaptions in Podaxis to different antifungal and defensive chemicals produced by termites

Gregory  Nikolopoulos
  • Gregory Nikolopoulos

  • Investigating how fungal and bacterial infections influence immune responses and gene expression in fungus-farming termites (Macrotermes bellicosus).

Zengran Zhang
  • Zengran Zhang

  • Exploring the presence of viruses in the fungus-farming termites and their crop fungus, and seeking to reveal the signatures of evolutionary changes associated with virus and host phylogenies. 

Michael Thomas-Poulsen
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