Paw Dalgaard

Paw Dalgaard


Søltofts Plads, Building 221, Room 158

2800 Kgs. Lyngby


Phone: 45252566

Paw Dalgaard is Professor and Head of the research group Predictive Microbiology. He works with microbiological quality and safety of fresh and lightly preserved food. The overall aims of this research is to obtain insight into the quantitative microbiological ecology of fresh and lightly preserved food and to use this information for development of new methods and strategies to determine, predict and improve the safety and shelf-life of products. The Seafood Spoilage & Safety Predictor (SSSP) software has been developed to facilitate dissemination and application of results from the research group.



- 1989 M. Sc. in Fermentation Technology - Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine, France
- 1990 M. Sc. in Food Science - Royal Veterinary and Agricultural, University, Copenhagen
- 1994 Ph.D. in Food Preservation and Statistics - Royal Veterinary and Agricultural, University, Copenhagen

Academic grades


M.Sc. / DEA

Professional experience

2013 - Professor -
1996 - 2013 Senior Scientist -
1990 - 1995 Scientist -


Danish, English, French


Research: The Predictive Microbiology research group studies how processing, product characteristics, and distribution systems influence microbial responses including growth, activity and survival in food. These responses have been studied in the continuum from the raw food material to the arrival of the final product to the consumer. Predictive microbiological models and software to predict shelf-life and safety have been developed by combining the analysis of product characteristics using chemical, physical and microbiological measurements with process modelling and kinetics for growth and survival of microorganisms. I have a strong experience in working with aquatic food and the research group increasingly study other foods including dairy products, pork meat and pasta salad. The research group is internationally oriented and regularly host research visits by international scientists.

Software development: The Seafood Spoilage and Safety Predictor (SSSP) software has been develop and disseminated worldwide ( The SSSP software is used by more than 5000 individuals or institutions from 110 different countries and the software is available in 18 different languages.

Teaching activities: My teaching experiences include supervision of project students at the B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D.-levels and lecturing at DTU and at the University of Copenhagen. My lecture topics within the Nordic Masters’ program ”Aquatic Food Production – Safety and Quality” include Identification and characterization of biological hazards in aquatic food, Histamine and biogenic amines and Risk management.

Advice to industry and authorities: I regularly provide advice to industry and authorities when they have questions regarding microbial spoilage, shelf-life and safety of seafood. Workshops on using the Seafood Spoilage and Safety Predictor (SSSP) software has been organized in various countries and for more than 500 persons from industry and authorities.

International experience

Further studies: Visiting scientist at University of California San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, USA (May–October 1998) and at Oniris, Nantes, France (February–June 2012).

Reviewer and editor activities: Member of the Editorial board of International Journal of Food Microbiology (1995- ) and of Journal of Food Protection (2008-2010). Ad hoc reviewer for more than 20 different international scientific journals and in total reviewer of more than 400 manuscripts.

Managing Guest Editor of two special issues of International Journal of Food Microbiology in 2008 and 2010.

Reviewer of  US-FDA ‘Draft Quantitative Assessment of the Risk to Public Health from Listeria monocytogenes in Smoked Finfish: An Evaluation of Selected Mitigations’.

Other activities: International Committee of Predictive Modelling in Food (ICPMF). Secretary (2011-12) and chairman (2012-).

Member of International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) and of Microbial Modelling and Risk Analysis Professional Development Group (MMRA-PDG) within IAFP (2009-).

Participant in FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on Risk Assessment of Microbiological Hazards in Foods, July 2000, Rome, Italy (2000).

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  • International Journal of Food Microbiology

    ISSNs: 0168-1605, 01681605

    Elsevier BV, Netherlands

    ISI indexed (2013): yes, FI (2013): 2

    Central database


  • Journal of Applied Microbiology

    ISSNs: 1364-5072, 13645072

    ISSNs (Electronic): 0266-825

    Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd., United Kingdom

    ISI indexed (2013): yes, FI (2013): 1

    Central database


  • Plus Proces

    ISSNs: 0902-5057

    TechMedia A/S, Denmark

    ISI indexed (2013): no, FI (2013): 1

    Central database


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