Hanne Rosenquist

Hanne Rosenquist

Head of Danish Zoonosis Centre

Mørkhøj Bygade 19, Building H, Room 121

2860 Søborg


Phone: 35887080

Mobile: 51157402

Fax: 35887028

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




Main expertise is within surveillance and control of zoonoses with special reference to Campylobacter in broiler meat. Has more than 12 years of experience in Campylobacter research, e.g. surveillance programmes, intervention studies and quantitative microbiological risk assessment. Is key scientist in relation to giving scientific advice to national as well as international bodies relating to control of Campylobacter.

International experience

Member of EFSA WG on BS Campylobacter and Salmonella in broilers Member of EFSA WG on Campylobacter in broiler meat 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
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