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I am a senior researcher at the Risk-benefit Research Group of the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Head of PhD School at DTU Food. My overall research goals are to improve risk management and decision-making in public health and food safety policy through data analysis, epidemiology, and a range of multidisciplinary approaches. My research activities focus on applying health metrics and burden of disease models, and on quantitative risk and risk-benefit assessments to provide evidence for national, regional, and international public health policy. I am a member of the World Health Organization Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (WHO/FERG), where I am chair of the Source Attribution Task Force. I hold an MS degree in Veterinary Medicine and a PhD degree in Epidemiology.

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FAO-WHO Expert Consultation on Risks and Benefits of Fish Consumption


Core Group Member of the Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group, WHO. Chair of Source Attribution Task Force


European Burden of Disease Network, COST ACTION 18218. Member of Core Group and Chair of Infectious Diseases Working Group



Shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli FAO/WHO Expert Group, 2016 - 2018

Joint FAO/WHO expert meetings on microbiological risk assessment (JEMRA), 2016-2021


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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Research areas

Burden of disease studies.

Source attribution studies of foodborne diseases.

Quantitative Risk-benefit Assessment.

Health impacts of foods and diets.

Holistic impacts of dietary shifts.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

External positions

Research assistant, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Lisbon



  • User defined:
  • Burden of Disease
  • Food safety
  • Source attribution
  • Risk assessment
  • Salmonella
  • Foodborne zoonoses


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