I graduated as DVM in 2004, and obtained the PhD degree in 2008 after handing in my thesis entitled “zoonotic potential of enteric bacteria in dogs”. Afterwards, I worked for five years as a postdoctoral fellow, and since 2013 I have been employed at the University of Copenhagen as Associate Professor of veterinary clinical microbiology.
I have a main interest in antimicrobial resistance in companion animals, and my research in this area has covered various aspects such as (i) surveillance, (ii) zoonotic transmission, (iii) selection of resistance following antimicrobial treatment, and (iv) characterization of resistant bacteria including their resistance determinants and mobile genetic elements. Part of this research is inspired from - and related to - my daily work as head of a local veterinary diagnostic microbiology lab receiving samples from companion animals.
Apart from my work on detecting resistance problems, I have been working on the development and optimization of diagnostics and antimicrobial treatment strategies against veterinary bacterial pathogens. Examples of this include development of a point-of-care diagnostic test for urinary tract infections, and the development and testing of antimicrobial peptides that may be useful for treatment of canine pyoderma. Furthermore, I am editor of the Danish guideline for antimicrobial treatment of companion animals, and since 2015 I have been Scientific Secretary of the EUCAST subcommittee VetCAST (Veterinary Committee of Antimicrobial Susceptibility testing). VetCAST has the vision to contribute to global standards for antimicrobial susceptibility testing of bacterial pathogens of animal origin.