Ph.d. defense Francesca Petriglieri

Francesca Petriglieri, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, AAU, will defend his thesis on ”Single-cell ecophysiology of key microbial taxa in wastewater treatment systems”


20.10.2020 kl. 09.30 - 12.30



Single-cell ecophysiology of key microbial taxa in wastewater treatment systems


Wastewater treatment is a fundamental process to protect human and environmental health and microorganisms are the workhorses of such process. However, most of the bacteria involved in it are still unknown and belonging to the so-called “microbial dark matter”. This PhD project identified and characterized abundant microorganisms involved in nutrient removal and/or causing operational problems to the wastewater treatment plants, providing the first insights of their ecophysiology, also in relation to operational parameters and potential control measures.


  • Professor Per Halkjær Nielsen, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, AAU

Assessment Committee

  • Associate Professor Niels Iversen (Chairman), Aalborg University
  • Professor Malte Hermansson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Professor Andreas Schramm, University of Aarhus

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Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, AAU, Section of Biotechnology


Fredrik Bajers Vej 7H, 9220 Aalborg, room number: 3.122-3.128

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