Disease ecology is a multidisciplinary field that explores the relationships between parasitic, bacterial and viral infectious diseases and animal host. We work with different areas of interaction between host and pathogen – including behavior, microbiology and molecular biology. We also seek to better understand how climate and the environment affect the interaction between hosts and pathogens. For further information, please see below projects:
Insects such as flies are natural carriers of many pathogens including virus, fungi, bacteria and parasites. It is therefore not surprising that flies play a considerable role in the transmission of human pathogens. We focus on the vector biology of insects for the transmission of pathogenic bacteria. One area that we are working with is the vector competence of Musca domestica for Campylobacter jejuni.
C. jejuni is the most significant cause of enteritis in humans in the European Union (EU) with 190.566 reported cases in 2008. Studies have indicated that flies (Musca domestica) play a linking role in the epidemiology of Campylobacter infections by transmitting Campylobacter from fecal sources to poultry.
Collaboration with Aalborg Zoo
Together with Aalborg Zoo different projects are initiated related to nutrition of Zoo animals, health of Zoo animals and behavioral studies. We work with health surveillance of Zoo animals with an offset in the necropsies routinely performed in the Zoo.