My research field and interest lie with zoonotic disease, and my expertise is the epidemiology of zoonotic food- and environmentally borne bacteria in general, and Campylobacter jejuni in particular. Using molecular typing of whole or parts of bacterial DNA to provide knowledge on the epidemiology of campylobacteriosis is both fun and rewarding.
My post-doctoral fellowship has focused on tasks within the project entitled “INNUENDO: a novel cross-sectorial platform for the integration of genomics in surveillance of food-borne pathogens” funded by European Food Safety Agency. The overall objective of our proposal is to deliver a standardized, cross-sectorial framework of bacterial whole-genome sequencing integration in routine surveillance and epidemiological investigations for reducing the disease burden of epidemic and sporadic food-borne zoonotic infections. The project ended in July 2018 (https://efsa.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.2903/sp.efsa.2018.EN-1498)
Currently I am involved in several project in the interseption between animals, environment and human health, all within the one health paradigm. I am still applying microbial genomics to answer research questions on prevalence, transmission and phenotypic adaptation of for instance Bacillus cereus, composition of bacterial biofilms on microplastics in the environment.