Division of Epidemiology and Microbial Genomics

Former organisational unit. 31/01/2015.


Organisation profile

The Division for Microbial Genomics and Epidemiology conducts research with the aim of understanding and predicting the emergence, occurrence and spread of infectious diseases in humans and animals. The division also supports national and global surveillance, detection and control of those infectious agents in humans, food and animals.


The targeted research is concentrated on the evolution, spread and persistence of infectious agents, with a special focus on organisms with multiple transmissions pathways including zoonoses, antimicrobial resistant bacteria and food and waterborne transmitted pathogens.

Public sector consultancy

The division advises national and international authorities on the health risks posed by the presence of pathogenic microorganisms.

Specific advisory tasks for Danish Veterinary and Food Administration in collaboration with Division of Food Microbiology:

Central Coordinated Projects (CKL)

Case-by-case control

Salmonella Source Account

Outbreak investigations

“Strengthened efforts 2011 – 2014” (Styrket indsats 2011 – 2014)

Day-to-day advisory requests

Surveillance activities in collaboration with Division of Food Microbiology:


Zoonosis surveillance

Other tasks

The division maintenances and have access to several databases. The databases contain data from surveillance, commercial analytical activities and research projects carried out by Division of Food Microbiology and Division for Microbial Genomics and Epidemiology whereas the Zoonosis Centre is responsible for data handling, maintenance and development of databases.


The Division is responsible for the organization and teaching at the following courses at DTU:

  • Risk Analysis in Food Safety (23271)
  • General Medical Microbiology (23258)
  • Antimicrobial resistance and bacterial typing (23210)
  • Fighting bacterial Infections (23205)
  • Quantitative Microbiological Risk Assessment (23231)
  • Risikoanalyse og modellering - Diplomingeniøruddannelse i fødevareanalyse (23921)

In addition, the Division contributes to the teaching at the following courses at DTU:

  • Food Safety in Production Chains (23201)
  • Afgangsprojekt - Diplomingeniøruddannelse i fødevareanalyse (20ECTS)

At Copenhagen University, Faculty of Life Sciences, the Division is responsible for the organization and teaching at two courses that are part of the Master in Food Safety and Food Quality

  • Risk Analysis of foodborne contaminants (150542)
  • Investigation of foodborne outbreaks (150553)

The Division is additionally involved in international courses. Teaching takes place mostly in developing countries and is targeted capacity-building courses, workshops and seminars.




DTU: Informatics, Systems biology

SSI; KU; The Danish Agriculture and Food Council (Landbrug og Fødevarer)


AHVLA; HPA; RVC; RIVM; BfR; ANSES; CDC; USDA; NIPH; NIHS; University of Brasilia

WHO – FOS; WHO – PAHO; The Nordic Zoonosis Centres (in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland); 


Acting head of division Jørgen Schlundt


Contact information

Mørkhøj Bygade 19
  • Phone: (+45) 35 88 70 00
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  • Epidemiology and Infection

    ISSNs: 0950-2688

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1469-4409

    Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom

    BFI (2017): BFI-level 1, Scopus rating (2016): SJR 1.134 SNIP 0.865, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes

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  • P L o S One

    ISSNs: 1932-6203

    Public Library of Science, United States

    BFI (2017): BFI-level 1, Scopus rating (2016): SJR 1.201 SNIP 1.092, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes

    Indexed in DOAJ

    Central database


  • International Journal of Food Microbiology

    ISSNs: 0168-1605

    Elsevier BV, Netherlands

    BFI (2017): BFI-level 2, Scopus rating (2016): SJR 1.462 SNIP 1.554, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes

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