Louise von Gersdorff Jørgensen
Parasitology and Aquatic Pathobiology
Stigbøjlen 7, 1870 Frb. C., 1-35
2014 (pre-) leader course "women, career and UCPH", University of Copenhagen.
2012-2014 course "Higher Education Teaching", University of Copenhagen
2007-2011 PhD student at the Laboratory of Aquatic Pathobiology, University of Copenhagen
Title “Immunity against Ichthyophthirius multifiliis in rainbow trout”. Main supervisor,
Professor Kurt Buchmann. Degree obtained the 1st of November 2011.
1997-2003 Master of Science degree in Biology, Mandahl-Barth Research Center for Biodiversity
and Health, DBL - Institute for Health Research and Development. Main supervisor,
Professor Thomas Krogsgaard Kristensen. This task included one month of fieldwork
in Tanzania, Africa.
2015-2016 Assistant professor at the Laboratory of Aquatic Pathobiology, University of
Copenhagen (1. jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2016).
2012-2015 Postdoc at theLaboratory of Aquatic Pathobiology, University of Copenhagen.
2005-2007 Scientific Research assistant at the Laboratory of Aquatic Pathobiology, University of
& 2011-2012 Copenhagen
2008-2009 Maternity leave 1. August 2008-5. May 2009.
Research related stays abroad
2013 May-July, I worked in Professor Oriol Sunyers laboratory at the University of
Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The stay resulted in a paper published in Nature
2012-2016 The Danish Council for Independent Research – Technology and Production Sciences (3,205,315 DKK, $577.701)
I received funding for my own project entitled “A novel anti-parasitic vaccine using killed bacterial vectors for the introduction of parasite antigens in fish”, which resulted in 4 published peer review papers, one submitted peer review paper and one patent application.
2002 Det Danske Pasteur-Selskab (10,500 DKK)
2016 Title: Vaccination targeting Ichthyophthirius multifiliis. Reference number: 20824EP00.
I am co-inventor of this invention disclosed in a priority founding European patent application filed on 17 June 2016 by Evaxion Biotech ApS.
Scientific focus areas
- Fish Diseases
- Rainbow trout and zebrafish
- In vivo imaging (confocal microscopy)
As a part of DAFINET (http://www.dafinet.dk), I have obtained a wide international network. I have been part of several international projects such as Imaquanim (http://tinyurl.com/hwfxfk8), TargetFish (http://targetfish.eu) and Parafish Control (http://www.parafishcontrol.eu). Besides all the scientific work that has resulted from these collaborations, using this network I am able to attract the best international researchers within our field of expertise.
2014-16 I have a fruitful collaboration with Professor Ali Salanti from the Centre of Medical Parasitology, University of Copenhagen on the development of novel fish vaccines.
I am collaborating with Thomas Rades and Anette Müllertz from the Department of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen on the use of zebrafish as a model system for uptake and distribution of novel anaesthetics and formulations.
I am also collaborating with Nina Cedergreen from the Section for Environmental Chemistry and Physics, University of Copenhagen on the use of zebrafish as a model for toxicology studies.
I have a solid collaboration with the Biotech company Evaxion with whom I have applied for a patent.
2016 Main supervisor for a veterinary student (Sandra Jeberg), who delivered a thesis with the title "Effect of air exposure stress challenge on cortisol production and subsequent immune gene expression using zebrafish (Danio rerio) and rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) as animal models"
2016 Co-supervisor for Therese Birgitte Christoffersen, who delivered a thesis with the title "Immunrespons mod Ichthyophthirius multifiliis infektion i zebrafisk (Danio rerio) - vurderet ved qPCR og histologi.
2015 Main supervisor for a master of parasitology student (Jonas Steenholdt Sørensen), who delivered a thesis with the title "Immune responses of rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss to the teleost parasite Ichthyophthirius multifiliis" and is now applying for a PhD.
Member of a PhD evaluation committee (2015), University of Tasmania, Australia
I have for the last 6 years been teaching fish immunology, parasitology, vaccinology and zebrafish as a model organism at bachelor and master level.
Please see an overview of my teaching below:
2016 Invited to teach about parasites on Danish production fish at a Summer school at the Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.
2012-2016 Once a year I have been responsible for 3 hours of teaching on fish diseases and productions plus a field trip to an eel farm or the Blue Planet on the course "Health and welfare"
2010-2016 I have been a guest teacher every year at the course Aquaculture and Fish Diseases
2015 Responsible for 3 hours teaching on aquatic zoonoses on the course "Herd Health and Public Health
I have been a guest teacher on the courses:
2015 Animal Life and Function
2014 Animal parasitology
2013 A lecture abour aquaculture at "Åbent Hus"
Animal science – sundhed og velfærd
2012 Health and welfare
Herd health and Public Health
18 Peer review publications (1 paper in PNAS - impact factor 9,8; 1 paper in Nature Communications - impact factor 11,47)
6 without my PhD supervisor
8 as first author
1 as last author
2 as single author
21 Conference abstracts
5 Popular scientific publications
Positions of trust
I have reviewed papers from journals such as Fish and Shellfish Immunology
I am on the editorial board in the Turkish journal of zoology
2015 Title:Antigen uptake in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Dafinet and profish workshop: Pathogen - host interactions and vaccine effects. November 17-18, Copenhagen, Denmark. 60 people participated from 10 different countries
2014 Title: A search for new vaccine candidates in Ichthyophthirius multifiliis. Dafinet
and Targetfish Fp7 workshop. Fish models in research, November 11-13,
Copenhagen, Denmark. 70 people participated from 10 different countries.