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Kjellerup, Birthe

Kjellerup, Birthe

Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
Associate Professor
Pedro E. Wasmer Professor in Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
1147 Glenn L. Martin Hall

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., Aalborg University, 2004
  • M.Sc., Aalborg University, 1997

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Association for Women in Science
  • International Society for Microbial Ecology
  • The Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
  • American Society for Microbiology (Maryland Branch)
  • American Society for Microbiology

 

 

  • Diversity and activity of microbial biofilms in complex microbial systems such as sediment, stormwater, soil, groundwater, and the human body 
  • Biodegradation and bioremediation of persistent organic pollutants incl. polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), Chlorinated solvents (PCR/TCE) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
  • Wastewater Based Epidemiology (WBE): SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater
  • Biocorrosion in drinking water and oil distribution pipelines
  • Invertebrate host-pathogen model Caenorhabditis elegans for in vivo biofilm infections

Srebric Leads Development of Mask Alternative for Prolonged Use

Solution aims to reduce discomfort for workers, ensure safety  

Torrents Awarded Ben Dyer Centennial Chair

UMD professor is renowned for her work on organic pollutants.

Environmental Cleanup: Kjellerup Develops “Treatment Train”

DoD taps UMD expertise to tackle risks of stormwater contamination.

Monitoring Wastewater for COVID-19

The earliest indicator of COVID-19 may not be what—or where—one expects.

Wastewater Testing Could Help Track COVID-19

UMD’s Dr. Birthe Kjellerup is leading a project designed to assist early detection.

Kjellerup Co-organizes Biofilms Conference

The October event will bring together experts from around the globe.

BIOE Sophomore Awarded NOAA Hollings Scholarship

Jessica Boyer will receive academic assistance and a paid internship opportunity with NOAA.

Fearless Ideas: An Exploratory Outlook

With a gift in 2007 to the Clark School, Pedro Wasmer is inspiring today's engineers.

UMD Awarded $1.4 Million to Design New Treatment for PCBs, Heavy Metals in Stormwater

The three-year project aims to improve water quality in critical waterways like the Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound.

Liu, Xue Recognized for Scholarly Excellence

Meet the 2017 winners of the departmental M.S. and Ph.D. awards.

CEE Students Win Top Awards at Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Annual Meeting

Students swept the best poster competition and earned first place in the presentation competition.

Featured Faculty: Birthe Kjellerup

Kjellerup's work with biofilms could help appease power needs while reducing CO2 emissions.