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Mikkel Christensen

Stipendiat, Biomolekylær og strukturkjemi Institutt for kjemi
Engelsk flaggikon Samisk flaggikon

Lab supervision and report corrections in course:
Introduction to Chemistry and Chemical Biology (KJE-1001)

We investigate bacteria isolated from the arctic marine environment that produce Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) as intracellular storage polymers. PHA is extracted from bacteria and used as a bioplastic due to attractive material properties including degradation in marine environments. It is currently produced at industrial scale although at very low quantities compared to recalcitrant oil-plastics that we all use in our everyday life. Discovery and optimization of PHA producing bacteria will hopefully lead to a future of sustainable bioplastic production.  

Our work consist of a combination of 

Microbiology (Fluorescence microscopy, 16s rDNA identification, growth optimization)
Analytical chemistry (Quantification of PHA production using FTIR and GC/MS) 
Bioinformatics (Genome assembly and downstream analyses)
Genetic engineering (eg. CRISPR/CAS9; projected work)

Are you a student and interested in an informal talk about our work? Please contact us! 

Read more:

https://framsenteret.no/forum/2019/confronting-one-of-our-greatest-challenges-plastic-waste-in-nature/ (Public outreach article)

MarVal project - "From unexploited marine biomass to high value products" (A UiT Interdisciplinary Research project)
https://site.uit.no/marval/

MarPlast project - "Marine microorganisms for bioplastics production" (Partners from Umeå University and University of Bucharest)
http://site.uit.no/marplast/

or say hello! on LinkedIn 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikkel-christensen-b099a7a9/ 

  • Petersen, Bent Larsen; Moller, Svenning Rune; Mravec, Jozef; Jørgensen, Bodil; Christensen, Mikkel; Liu, Ying; Wandall, Hans H; Bennett, Eric Paul; Yang, Zhang. Improved CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing by fluorescence activated cell sorting of green fluorescence protein tagged protoplasts. BMC Biotechnology 2019; Volum 19. ISSN 1472-6750.s doi: 10.1186/s12896-019-0530-x.

  • Chiciudean, Iulia; Mereuta, Ioana; Mihalachi, Elena Luiza; Lascu, Irina; Avramescu, Sorin Marius; Jablonski, Piotr; Christensen, Mikkel; Hansen, Hilde; Stoica, Ileana; Tanase, Ana Maria. Halotolerant Black Sea bacteria for bioplastics production. "Halophiles 2019" - 12th International Conference on Halophilic Microorganisms 2019-06-24 - 2019-06-28 2019.

  • Hansen, Hilde; Altermark, Bjørn; Christensen, Mikkel. Confronting Plastic Pollution With Bacteria. (Fulltekst: https://jonaa.org/content/2019/03/16/bacteria-biodegradable-plastic Journal of the North Atlantic & Arctic 2019.

  • Hansen, Hilde; Altermark, Bjørn; Christensen, Mikkel. Confronting one of our greatest challenges – plastic waste in nature. (Fulltekst: https://framsenteret.no/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Framforum-2019-digital.pdf Fram Forum 2019. ISSN 1893-5532.s 42 - 45.

  • Christensen, Mikkel; Jablonski, Piotr; Pandur, Seila; Assefa, Netsanet Gizaw; Altermark, Bjørn; Hansen, Hilde. Investigation of promising bioplastic producing Arctic marine bacteria from the Halomonadacea family. The 3rd annual BioCat conference 2019-06-05 - 2019-06-07 2019.

  • Assefa, Netsanet Gizaw; Christensen, Mikkel; Pandur, Seila; Altermark, Bjørn; Hansen, Hilde. Conversion of renewable feedstocks into bioplastics by Arctic marine bacteria. BIOPROSP_19 2019-02-25 - 2019-02-27 2019.

  • Christensen, Mikkel; Jablonski, Piotr; Pandur, Seila; Assefa, Netsanet Gizaw; Altermark, Bjørn; Hansen, Hilde. Arctic marine bacteria for bioplastic production. BioCat 2018 conference 2018-06-04 - 2018-06-06 2018.

  • Christensen, Mikkel. Arctic marine bacteria for bioplastic production. Department Day 2018-05-30 - 2018-05-30 2018.

  • Christensen, Mikkel; Altermark, Bjørn; Assefa, Netsanet Gizaw; Pandur, Seila; Smalås, Arne O.; Hansen, Hilde. Arctic, marine bacteria and their ability to produce polyhydroxyalkonates (PHAs) using underexploited biomass as nutrient source. 1st annual BioCat Meeting 2017-06-12 - 2017-06-14 2017.

  • Chiciudean, Iulia; Mereuta, Ioana; Mihalachi, Elena Luiza; Lascu, Irina; Avramescu, Sorin Marius; Jablonski, Piotr; Christensen, Mikkel; Hansen, Hilde; Stoica, Ileana; Tanase, Ana Maria. Halotolerant Black Sea bacteria for bioplastics production. "Halophiles 2019" - 12th International Conference on Halophilic Microorganisms 2019-06-24 - 2019-06-28 2019.

  • Hansen, Hilde; Altermark, Bjørn; Christensen, Mikkel. Confronting Plastic Pollution With Bacteria. (Fulltekst: https://jonaa.org/content/2019/03/16/bacteria-biodegradable-plastic Journal of the North Atlantic & Arctic 2019.

  • Hansen, Hilde; Altermark, Bjørn; Christensen, Mikkel. Confronting one of our greatest challenges – plastic waste in nature. (Fulltekst: https://framsenteret.no/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Framforum-2019-digital.pdf Fram Forum 2019. ISSN 1893-5532.s 42 - 45.

  • Christensen, Mikkel; Jablonski, Piotr; Pandur, Seila; Assefa, Netsanet Gizaw; Altermark, Bjørn; Hansen, Hilde. Investigation of promising bioplastic producing Arctic marine bacteria from the Halomonadacea family. The 3rd annual BioCat conference 2019-06-05 - 2019-06-07 2019.

  • Assefa, Netsanet Gizaw; Christensen, Mikkel; Pandur, Seila; Altermark, Bjørn; Hansen, Hilde. Conversion of renewable feedstocks into bioplastics by Arctic marine bacteria. BIOPROSP_19 2019-02-25 - 2019-02-27 2019.

  • Christensen, Mikkel; Jablonski, Piotr; Pandur, Seila; Assefa, Netsanet Gizaw; Altermark, Bjørn; Hansen, Hilde. Arctic marine bacteria for bioplastic production. BioCat 2018 conference 2018-06-04 - 2018-06-06 2018.

  • Christensen, Mikkel. Arctic marine bacteria for bioplastic production. Department Day 2018-05-30 - 2018-05-30 2018.

  • Christensen, Mikkel; Altermark, Bjørn; Assefa, Netsanet Gizaw; Pandur, Seila; Smalås, Arne O.; Hansen, Hilde. Arctic, marine bacteria and their ability to produce polyhydroxyalkonates (PHAs) using underexploited biomass as nutrient source. 1st annual BioCat Meeting 2017-06-12 - 2017-06-14 2017.

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