Charlotta Löfström

Charlotta Löfström


Salmonella and Campylobacter are examples of microorganisms in food that can cause illness in humans. To prevent the spread of these types of microorganisms and to assure safe food it is essential to have reliable methods for detection and enumeration. Traditional methods based on culturing in different types of growth media is time consuming and, in some cases, not specific or sensitive enough. Therefore, it is important to have alternative methods available. 

I currently hold a position as Associate Professor in the Diagnostic Engineering group and I have PhD in Applied Microbiology from Lund University in Sweden. My research focuses on the development and validation of alternative methods for detection, characterization and enumeration of microorganisms in food and feed samples. The techniques used include mainly different DNA based methods like real-time PCR, microarray sequencing. I work with the whole analysis chain including sampling strategies and sample preparation. 



1994 - 1999 M Sc Chem Eng - Lund Institute of Technology, Lund University, Sweden
2001 - 2005 PhD (Engineering) - Applied Microbiology, Lund University, Sweden

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Professional experience

2014 - Associate professor - Technical University of Denmark, National Food Institute
2010 - 2014 Assistant professor - Technical University of Denmark, National Food Institute
1999 - 2001 Research Engineer - AnalyCen Nordic AB
2001 - 2004 Industrial PhD student - AnalyCen Nordic AB
2004 - 2005 PhD student - Lund University, Applied Microbiology
2007 - 2010 Post doc - Technical University of Denmark, National Food Institute


Swedish, English, Danish


My research includes development and validation of methods for detection, quantification and characterisation of food and feed borne pathogenic microorganisms such as Salmonella and Campylobacter. I work with DNA and RNA based methods (mainly PCR, microarray and DNA sequencing), as well as traditional microbiological techniques. The aim is to get more robust, rapid and simple techniques that allows researchers and industry to assess the risk of contamination in a food or feed sample. Implementing these techniques will thereby help improve the safety in the food chain.

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  • International Journal of Food Microbiology

    ISSNs: 0168-1605

    Elsevier BV, Netherlands

    BFI (2017): BFI-level 2, Scopus rating (2015): SJR 1.64 SNIP 1.626, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes

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  • Biosecurity and Bioterrorism

    ISSNs: 1538-7135, 2326-5094, 1538-7135

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1557-850X, 2326-5108

    Mary Ann/Liebert, Inc. Publishers, United States

    BFI (2017): BFI-level 1, Scopus rating (2015): SNIP 0.918, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes

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  • Applied and Environmental Microbiology

    ISSNs: 0099-2240, 0099-2240

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1070-6291

    American Society for Microbiology, United States

    BFI (2017): BFI-level 2, Scopus rating (2015): SJR 1.891 SNIP 1.308, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes

    Central database


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