Sara Monteiro Pires

Sara Monteiro Pires

Senior researcher

Mørkhøj Bygade 19

Building: H, 111

2860 Søborg


Phone: 35887028

Mobile: 40213489

Fax: 35887028

I am a DVM and a PhD in Epidemiology. I am a senior reseracher at the Epidemiology and Risk Modelling Group and the Division of Epidemiology and Microbial Genomics.



My main research is the epidemiology and control of foodborne diseases.  I have focused on developing methods for attributing the burden of foodborne diseases to the responsible sources, on surveillance of foodborne hazards, and on microbial risk assessment. I have developed source attribution methods for Denmark, and developed or assisted the development of methods for other European and non-European countries. Currently, I lead the Danish initiative to estimate the burden of food-associated diseases in Denmark (FoodBurden). I am a member of the WHO’s initiative to estimate the global burden of foodborne diseases (Foodborne Disease Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG)) and of the Global Foodborne Infections Network (GFN), and have been involved in other international projects, namely the EU’s network of excellence Med Vet Net, and EFSA working groups.



Academic grades


Professional experience

2005 - 2006 Research assistant (FMV) - the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Lisbon
2005 - 2013 Researcher (FOOD DTU) - National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Division of Epidemiology and Microbial Genomics
2014 - Senior researcher (FOOD DTU) - National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Division of Epidemiology and Microbial Genomics


English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian


Burden of disease studies.

Source attribution studies of foodborne diseases.

International experience


Research stay at the Nutritional Research Institute in Lima, Peru: Estimating the regional and global incidence and mortality of diarrheal diseases caused by 11 foodborne hazards (July 2013).


Research stay at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Enteric Disease Epidemiology Branch, Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, Georgia: Attribution of human salmonellosis and campylobacteriosis in European countries using data from outbreak investigations (January to June 2008).


Research stay at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Laboratory of Zoonoses and Environmental Microbiology Bilthoven, The Netherlands: Attribution of human salomonellosis by comparative exposure assessment (February  to April 2007).


Internship in Microbiological Risk assessment: Relative risk of Shigatoxin- producing E. coli in imported and domestic fresh meat, Swiss Federal Veterinary Office (1st of June to 30th  of July).

Internship in Microbiological Risk Assessment: Risk Assessment for Verocytotoxin-ProducingEscherichia coli (VTEC) in humans in Denmark, Danish Meat and bacon Council, Copenhagen (1st of February to 4th of March).


Internship in Toxicological Risk Assessment: Mercury in fish: assessment of the risk for a group of Portuguese consumers; development of stochastic and deterministic models, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Lisbon, Technical University of Lisbon (1st of October to 31st of January).

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  • Foodborne Pathogens and Disease

    ISSNs: 1535-3141, 1556-7125, 1556-7125, 15353141, 1556-7125

    ISSNs (Electronic): 1556-7125

    Mary Ann/Liebert, Inc. Publishers, United States

    BFI (2015): BFI-level 1, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes

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  • Epidemiology and Infection

    ISSNs: 0950-2688, 09502688

    ISSNs (Electronic): 1469-4409

    Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom

    BFI (2015): BFI-level 1, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes

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  • International Journal of Food Microbiology

    ISSNs: 0168-1605, 01681605

    Elsevier BV, Netherlands

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

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