Peter Panduro Damborg
Veterinary Clinical Microbiology
Stigbøjlen 4, 1870 Frb. C., 1-20
Most of my research has focused on various aspects of antimicrobial resistance in veterinary and zoonotic pathogens. This includes studies on the molecular background of methicillin resistance in staphylococci, and studies on the selection and spread of extended-spectrum beta-lactamases in companion animals following antimicrobial treatment. Recently, I have been investigating alternative treatment strategies against bacterial pathogens of veterinary relevance as part of my affiliation to the Danish Centre for Antimicrobial Research and Development (DanCARD). This included testing the in vitro and in vivo efficacy of synthetic antimicrobial peptoids against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius. I am affiliated to the Danish strategic research project Miniresist, which has the overall objective to reduce resistance development in the intestine of pigs by optimizing antimicrobial treatment protocols. A main task for me in this project has been to develop and work with animal models for studies on selection and spread of antibiotic resistance. I am also part of the EU-funded project CALLISTO (Companion Animals multisectoriaL interprofessionaL and Interdisciplinary Strategic Think tank On zoonoses). The aim of CALLISTO is to identify knowledge and technology gaps for the most important companion animal zoonoses and propose targeted actions to reduce the risk of zoonotic diseases transferred via companion animals. Within CALLISTO, I work as part of an expert panel on bacterial zoonoses in companion animals.
My research ideas often arise from my daily work in a local veterinary diagnostic laboratory (www.sundvetdiagnostik.ku.dk). Diagnostic specimens are mainly sent from small animal practitioners, and this close link to "the real world" makes it interesting and highly relevant to monitor development of antibiotic resistance and to characterize resistant pathogens - for the benefit of the research community and our customers.