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
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