European eel larva swimming in a Kreisel tank. Photo: Sune Riis Sørensen.

PhD defence by Kasun Bandara on bacterial management in European eel offspring culture and immune system development in early larval stages

Kasun Anuruddha Bandara, DTU Aqua, will defend his PhD thesis, "Marine larval hatchery technology: Microbial management and immune system ontogeny in European eel", on Monday, 11 December 2023, at 13:00. The defence can be followed online or at DTU Hirtshals Campus.


  • Principal supervisor: Senior Researcher Jonna Tomkiewicz, DTU Aqua
  • Co-supervisor: Professor Olav Vadstein, NTNU, Norway
  • Co-supervisor: Researcher Sebastian Nikitas Politis, DTU Aqua


  • Senior Researcher Manuel Gesto, DTU Aqua (Chair)
  • Senior Research Scientist Catriona Clemmesen, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Germany
  • Assistant Professor Fotini Kokou, Wageningen University, Netherlands

Chair at the defence

  • Senior Researcher Sanni-Leea Hellevi Aalto, DTU Aqua

A copy of the thesis is available for reading at DTU Aqua. Please contact PhD Coordinator Susan Zumbach Johannesen,

Learn more

Read more about the PhD project on DTU Aqua's website


Mon 11 Dec 23
13:00 - 16:00


DTU Aqua


In person
DTU Hirtshals Campus
Willemoesvej 2
9850 Hirtshals


Please sign up for online participation by e-mailing to Sune Riis Sørensen,