Ilona Kryspin Sørensen

Ilona Kryspin Sørensen

Research manager, senior scientist

Mørkhøj Bygade 19, Building F, Room 017

2860 Søborg

Denmark

Phone: 35887613

Fax: 35887001

The use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for food production has been a topic of great debate both nationally and internationally for the past 30 years. There is an international consensus that the use of GMOs in agriculture, food production and in the medical industry shall be encompassed by an environmental and health risk assessment which is in agreement with the adopted guidelines or laws in the given countries .My duty is to perform health risk assessments of genetically modified viruses, animals and plants under the Danish Law on the Environment and Gene Technology. I am an adviser for the Danish Environmental Ministry concerning the health aspects of genetically modified viruses developed for the production of vaccines and for human gene therapy. I  also assess the health risks of genetically-modified animals used for research and food production ( for example transgenic fish).  I have served for 6 years as a GMO Panel member in the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). At present I am a member of EFSAs GMO Working Group where I am involved in the risk assessment of genetically modified plants used for food and feed production. My research activities are devoted to the development and implementation of new screening methods for GMO control. In my research group we are developing modern methodology for measurements and detection of GMOs in food products.My group is accredited by DANAK for the measurement of GMO content and the detection of accidental contamination of food by GMOs according to the Danish regulations.

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Education

- 1973 M.Sc. - University of Warsaw
- 1977 Ph.D. - University of Warsaw and The Entomological Institute of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Prague.

Academic grades

Ph.D.

M.Sc.

Professional experience

1973 - 1977 Research Assistant - University of Warsaw, Department of Insect Physiology
1978 - 1981 Post-doctoral Assistant - University of Copenhagen
1981 - 1983 Research Associate - University of Copenhagen, Institute of Cell Biology
1983 - 1986 Staff Scientist - Nordisk Insulin, Hagedorn Research Laboratory, Gentofte, Denmark
1986 - Research Manager, Leader of the Molecular Biology Group - Technical University of Denmark, National Food Institute, Department of Toxicology and Risk Assessment

Languages

English (fluent), Danish (fluent), Polish (fluent), Russian (spoken), French (spoken)

Expertise

Responsible for the implementation of molecular biology methodology concerning of gene expression in molecular toxicology using Real-Time PCR and interest in the role of oncogenic mutations and apoptosis in differentiation and cell transformation in chemically induced cancer.

Duties include also the evaluation of the safety of biotechnology research and development projects, as well as industrial biotechnology projects submitted for approval under Danish Law on Environment and Genetic Engineering. Responsible for the implementation and development of GMO control methodology and its accreditation.

Duties lie also in the area of human health risk evaluation of food safety of transgenic marine organisms /mainly fish/.

Risk evaluation of animal models for molecular farming and for carcinogenicity testing.

Risk evaluation of genetically engineered animal vaccines, and risk evaluation of human gene therapy proposals for the Danish Environmental Ministry.

Other information

HONOURS 1975-1977

Research Stipend (University of Warsaw) - for the research study abroad.

1978-1981

Research Stipend (Danish Natural Sciences Research Council).

1981-1983

Research Stipend (Carlsberg Foundation).

2000

   2003 - Present : Evaluated as University Lecturer by the Roskilde University, DK.

2013 -  Present - Leader, coordinator and lecturer at the International EU couses (BTSF) for the new potential EU Member States on : " Risk Assessment of the GMOs"  

2003-2012 Nominated as Member of the Scientific Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES:
Danish Society of Pharmacology and Toxicology.
Danish Biochemical Society.
American Gene Therapy Society.
 

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