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Kjellerup, Birthe

Kjellerup, Birthe

Assistant Professor
Pedro E. Wasmer Professor in Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
1147 Glenn L. Martin Hall


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


  • 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



  • Evaluation of identity, diversity, and activity in microbial biofilms in complex microbial systems such as sediment, soil, urban water systems, and the human body
  • Aerobic and anaerobic degradation of polychlorinated biphenyls
  • Biocorrosion in drinking water and oil distribution pipelines
  • Invertebrate host-pathogen model Caenorhabditis elegans for in vivo biofilm infections

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.

Clark School students land prestigious NOAA scholarships

Jessica Boyer and Amanda O'Shaughnessy were selected for a program that recognizes outstanding students in fields that support NOAA's mission.

CEE-Led Research Featured in ES&E Magazine

It's among the first to examine how the buildup of metals in a treatment system affects microbial activity.

CEE Student Receives 2018 Dean's Master's Research Award

Aaron Leininger's research focuses on energy recovery at wastewater treatment plants.

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.

Aaron Leininger Receives GDF-Suez Chuck Edwards Memorial Fellowships

The project will be among the first to test microbial fuel cell performance inside a working treatment plant.

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.

Kjellerup Named Inaugural Wasmer Professor in Engineering

CEE Assistant Professor Birthe Kjellerup brings expertise in environmental microbiology.