DTU Veterinærinstituttet
DTU Fødevareinstituttet
Karl Pedersen

Karl Pedersen


National Veterinary Institute

Division of Diagnostics & Scientific Advice - Bacteriology & Parasitology

Technical University of Denmark


Building 202, room 2037

2800 Kgs. Lyngby

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Keywords Animal health | Animal diseases | Bacteriology | Zoonoses | Salmonella | Antimicrobial resistance

I'm educated as a veterinarian in 1985 with a PhD in Veterinary Microbiology from 1991 and a doctoral degree in Veterinay Medicine from 2000. Since October 2013, I have been employed as Professor in Veterinary Bacteriology at DTU National Veterinary Institute.

As Professor in Veterinary Bacteriology I have a very broad work field, which in principle includes all animal species and the bacteria that are associated with them. Over the years, I have worked with infectious diseases and zoonoses associated with pigs, cattle, mink, poultry, companion animals, fish, reptiles, and wildlife.

I have worked with many different bacteria, which can cause diseases in animals, but Salmonella, Campylobacter, and Vibrio are some of those that I am most familiar with.

An important focus area has now become antimicrobial resistance in veterinary pathogens and zoonotic bacteria. The antimicrobial threat is a one-health issue that has come to stay and keep us busy in the years to come.

Another focus area is microbial ecology, i.e. the study of complex microbial societies such as the intestinal microflora. What stabilizes the natural microflora is important for animal (and human) health and may be alternatives to antibiotics.

It is an exciting and meaningful task to work together with industry partners, authorities and the scientific society to explore and hopefully solve problems of importance for animal health and welfare and of socioeconomic significance.

My research group in Section for Bacteriology and Pathology are working with both conventional culture based methods and molecula techniques including PCR and sequencing, and we realize that we in the future will increasingly have to turn to molecular technologies.