Zoonoses are infections and diseases that are transmissible from animals to humans. The infection can be acquired directly from animals, but mostly from contaminated foodstuffs. Salmonella and Campylobacter are well-known examples of zoonotic bacteria. To prevent zoonoses from occurring, it is important to identify which animals and foodstuffs are the main sources of human disease.


I am heading the Danish Zoonosis Centre. Our task is to survey zoonoses and zoonotic agents in Denmark and to contribute to their prevention and control. We are also responsible for tracking outbreaks in collaboration with the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and the Statens Serum Institute.   

The Danish Zoonosis Centre publishes an annual report on zoonoses in Denmark and an annual report on antimicrobial resistance and consumption in Denmark (DANMAP). Further, we are contracted to prepare the annual Community Summary Report on zoonoses together with EFSA and EDCD.   

The focus of my research is primarily the control of Campylobacter in broilers and broiler meat including the understanding of the epidemiology of Campylobacter and methods to reduce numbers of Campylobacter. We also work on developing a source account for Campylobacter. I am involved in national as well as international research projects.

I give scientifically-based advice to Danish and international food authorities. For example, I am responsible for the national surveillance of Campylobacter in food and I take part in the Danish action plan to control Campylobacter. Further, I am member of working groups in EFSA and Codex that concerns Campylobacter.

Finally, I supervise Ph.D. students and give lectures to master students.



1990 - 1996 Ph.D. Food Microbiology - Faculty of Life Scienses, Copenhagen University
1984 - 1990 M.Sc. Food Science - Faculty of Life Scienses, Copenhagen University

Academic grades

M.Sc., Ph.D.

Professional experience

1995 - 1997 Research Scientist (Faculty of Life Sciences) - Copenhagen University, Department of Food Science
1998 - 2004 Research Scientist - National Food Institute DTU, Division of MIcrobiology and Risk Assessment
2004 - 2008 Senior Scientist - National Food Institute DTU, Division of MIcrobiology and Risk Assessment
2008 - Head of Danish Zoonosis Centre - National Food Institute DTU, Division of MIcrobiology and Risk Assessment
2012 - Deputy Head of Division - National Food Institute, Division of Epidemiology and Microbial Genomics




Main scientific expertise is within surveillance and control of zoonoses with special reference to Campylobacter in broiler meat. Has more than 15 years of experience in Campylobacter research and scientific advice, e.g. surveillance programmes, intervention studies, quantitative microbiological risk assessment and action plans. Is key adviser in Campylobacter matters for the Danish Food Authorities and has participated in scientific working groups on Campylobacter for EFSA and WHO/FAO.

International experience



Member of EFSA WG on BS Campylobacter and Salmonella in broilers


Member of EFSA WG on Campylobacter in broiler meat


National member of the Codex working group on guidelines for control of Campylobacter and Salmonella spp. in broiler (young bird) chicken meat


National contact, NRL Campylobacter


Referee on the method ‘Thermotolerant Campylobacter, detection and enumeration in foods’ for Nordic Committee on Food Analysis


Committee member at a Nordic Meeting on Advances in the identification of risk factors for Campylobacter pre-harvest infection and post-harvest contamination of chicken broilers, Uppsala


Rapporteur Cost Action 920, Workshop on Data Needs in Risk Assessment, Pamplona


Drafting member of the WHO/FAO risk assessment of Campylobacter spp. in broiler chickens

Other information

Project management:



Deputy coordinator, FP7 Project: Campylobacter control – novel approaches in primary poultry production (CamCon). Funded by EU


Key scientist, national research project: Source account for C. jejuni in Denmark. Funded by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries.


Core member, MedVetNet project: Comparison of Campylobacter risk assessment models: towards a European consensus. Funded by EU, MedVetNet WP24


Project manager, national research project: Risk perception and cost benefit analysis of interventions to control Campylobacter, within the Research programme: A food sector in a future perspective. Funded by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Denmark


Project manager, Nordic research project: Quantitative method for enumeration of Campylobacter; development and evaluation. Funded by The Nordic Council of Ministers


Project manager, the national surveillance projects on Campylobacter in food for the Danish Food Administration






DTUs lederprogram


Skriftlig kommunikation i myndighedsbetjening,National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark


Myndighedsbetjening Modul 2,National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark


Myndighedsbetjening Modul 1, National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark


Research management, Copenhagen Business School


Statistics,National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark


Risk assessment, Vose Course


Academic Writing,National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark




Teaching experience: Has been supervisor for 3 Ph.D. students, 3 master students, 3 bachelor students, and several trainees. Is external examiner at Copenhagen University, Faculty of Life Sciences, Department of Disease Biology and Department of Food Science. Has given lectures at Copenhagen University, Faculty of Life Sciences and at the Technical University of Denmark.



Publications:25 per-reviewed publications, 11 international reports, 1 book, >40 conference proceedings/abstracts, and 11 other publications. 6 invited presentations at international meetings/conferences.

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  • International Journal of Food Microbiology

    ISSNs: 0168-1605, 0168-1605

    Elsevier BV, Netherlands

    ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes, BFI (2015): BFI-level 2

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  • Journal of Food Protection

    ISSNs: 0362-028X, 0362-028x

    International Association for Food Protection, United States

    ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes, BFI (2015): BFI-level 1, Scopus rating (2015): 0.966 1.001

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  • Zoonoses and Public Health

    ISSNs: 1863-1959

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 0931-4229

    Wiley-Blackwell Verlag GmbH, Germany

    ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes, BFI (2015): BFI-level 2, Scopus rating (2015): 1.276 1.097

    Local database


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