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Karina K. Sand
Lektor / Associate professor

Bio-mineral interactions and their implications for life and health of humans, ecosystems and the environment


Bio-mineral interactions and their implications for life and health of humans, ecosystem,s and the environment

I am an experimentalist in the cross field between geology, mineralogy, interfacial geochemistry, geomicrobiology, biology and chemistry. In my group we apply in-situ molecular- to macro scale techniques to study bio-mineral associations. Our overarching interests is to interrogate how bio-mineral interactions play a role for health aspects.

The interface between biology and mineralogy are vital for many aspects of life and health, . During my career I have focused on aspects such as the origin of life,  the development of hard parts in organisms, how extracellular DNA stabilized on minerals, plastics or tissue can propagate antibiotic resistance genes or other traits, impact the evolution of life and how ecosystem health is linked to environmental stressors. 

Currently we (group and collaborators) are focused on establishing fundamental information on how and why minerals can preserve DNA and proteins across time and space and how  cells can utilize extracellular DNA that are adsorbed to substrates such as plastics, minerals and tissue.

For more implications and specific projects check below and the group page for more about us. I try to blog about ups and downs, but have to realize that it is mostly the positive stories that makes it there.


Recent blog posts

Field work