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Kjellerup, Birthe

Kjellerup, Birthe

Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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



  • 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

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Kjellerup to Address Biofilms Conference

Asia-Pacific Biofilms 2021 will be held virtually in May.

Environmental Cleanup: Kjellerup Develops “Treatment Train”

DoD taps UMD expertise to tackle risks of stormwater contamination.

Wastewater Testing Could Help Track COVID-19

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Kjellerup Co-organizes Biofilms Conference

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

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

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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.

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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.

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CEE Assistant Professor Birthe Kjellerup brings expertise in environmental microbiology.