The global spread of infectious pathogenic bacteria, including
those resistant to antimicrobial agents, is one of the greatest
human health problems.
My research has primarily targeted the association between use of
antimicrobial agents to farm animals and the emergence and spread
of antimicrobial resistance including the human health
It has become increasingly clear that bacteria do not respect
traditional borders and with the increased globalisation a
problem in one country has become a problem for all countries.
Thus, the research has increasingly been directed towards global
spread of initially foodborne, but now also other pathogenic
The research has contributed to the internatioanl standards for
detection and monitoring of antimicrobial resistance in food
borne pathogens and had major influence on the ways antimicrobial
agents are used worldwide.
The global focus is also documented by the fact that the research
has been conducted with more than 400 co-authors, in more than
135 institutions in more than 35 countries. Furthermore, DTU-Food
has partly based on the research been appointed WHO and EU
reference laboratory for antimicrobial resistance in foodborne