Zoonotic Ecology and Epidemiology

We work with all aspects of zoonotic infections, from collection of samples and screening programs to detailed genetic and molecular characterization. The aim is to provide a synthesis of veterinary medicine, human medicine and ecology and our team includes people from all disciplines. Our research has a broad base and investigates several zoonotic agents.

Our Research

The research group is a part of Linnaeus University Centre for Ecology and Evolution in Micobial model Systems.

Bacteria, viruses and parasites have always been part of human life. The hopes once cherished, that we through antibiotics would win the battle against infectious diseases is not realistic anymore. Rather the contrary, the last centuries' enormous population expansion, utilization of new habitats and swift methods of travel have made us more exposed and more vulnerable to the emergence of novels pathogens. And at the same time, antibiotics and antivirals are becoming less effective because of the development of resistance.

In the intricate web of disease, pathogens and hosts, it is important to remember that most human infections are zoonoses. This means that they occur mainly in animals but have the capacity to cross species boundaries and infect humans. However, the education and research systems have traditionally been divided into veterinary and human medicine, with only little crossover between disciplines. Bridging this gap was the fundamental idea behind the founding of the Zoonotic Ecology and Epidemiology research group at Linnaeus University.

We work on the following research topics

Group members

Current group members:
Jonas Waldenström, professor
Conny Tolf, laboratory engineer
Jenny Olofsson, laboratory engineer
Martin Andersson, postdoc
Josanne Verhagen, postdoc
Marielle van Toor, postdoc
Jacintha van Dijk, postdoc
Anu Helin, PhD student
Håkan Johansson, PhD student
Lisa Labbé-Sandelin, PhD student

Guest members:
Neus Latorre Margalef, postdoc

Former group members:
A research group is a living entity, changing in composition over time. What we are today is a product of those that worked with us before. The alumni listed below are PhD students, postdocs and faculty that were part of the research group from 2002 and onwards, first at Kalmar University and later at Linnaeus University.

Björn Olsen, professor
Richard Williams, postdoc
Alexis Avril, postdoc
Joanne Chapman, postdoc
Patrik Ellström, postdoc
Elsa Jourdain, postdoc
Lovisa Svensson, postdoc
Diana Axelsson Olsson, PhD student
Jonas Bonnedahl, PhD student
Daniel Bengtsson, PhD student
Petra Griekspoor-Berglund, PhD student
Badrul Hasan, PhD student
Jorge Hernandez, PhD student
Neus Latorre Margalef, PhD student
Goran Orozovic, PhD student
Johan Stedt, PhD student
Anders Wallensten, PhD student
Michelle Wille, PhD student


Doctoral theses

  • Daniel Bengtsson, Linnaeus University, Stopover ecology of mallards – where, when and how to do what? March 11, 2015. ISBN 978-91-88357-00-7.
  • Michelle Wille, Linnaeus University, Viruses on the wing: evolution and dynamics of influenza A virus in the Mallard reservoir, 8 May 2015. ISBN 978-91-87925-56-6.
  • Johan Stedt, Linnaeus University, Wild birds as carriers of antibiotic resistant E. coli and Extended-Spectrum Beta-Lactamases, 13 June 2014. ISBN: 978-91-87427-93-0.
  • Petra Griekspoor, Linnaeus University, Exploring the epidemiology and population structure of Campylobacter jejuni in humans, broilers and wild birds, 28 May 2013. ISBN 978-91-87427-83-1.
  • Jorge Hernandez, Uppsala University, Human pathogens and antibiotic resistant bacteria in the Polar regions, 10 October 2014. ISBN 978-91-554-9016-4.
  • Neus Latorre-Margalef, Linnaeus University, Ecology and epidemiology of influenza A virus in Mallards Anas platyrhynchos, 8 June 2012. ISBN 978-91-86983-61-1.
  • Goran Orozovic, Linnaeus University, Resistance to neuraminidase inhibitors in influenza A virus isolated from mallard, 8 April 2011. ISBN 978-91-86491-66-6.
  • Jonas Bonnedahl, Uppsala University, Wild birds as indicators of antibiotic resistance pressures in the environment, 25 March 2011. ISBN 978-91-554-8000-4.
  • John Wahlgren, Karolinska Institute, Influenza A virus in natural and artificial environments, 8 October 2010. ISBN 978-91-7457-028-1.
  • Diana Axelsson-Olsson, University of Kalmar, Protozoa and their involvement in Campylobacter epidemiology, 8 May 2009. ISBN 978-9185993-26-0


Our research relies on the financial support that we receive from funding agencies. Without this funding most of our studies would have been impossible to conduct and we would like to thank all financial sponsors for their contributions.