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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


  • 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

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

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.