Universitetsparken 15, København Ø
My research focuses on microbial community interactions in biofilms and polymicrobial infections. We utilize clinically relevant in vitro and in vivo models combined with molecular techniques to study social behaviors (cooperation and competition) and gene expression profiles of pathogens and virulence. So far I have focused on diabetic chronic wounds, burn/trauma injuries, and abscesses, with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, or Streptococcus gordonii as model systems.
In tandem, my research in collaboration with COPSAC (Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood) focuses on understanding how the microbiome during early life is influenced by environmental factors such as delivery mode, presence of older sibling in household, living environment and antibiotic consumption; and how these factors associate with microbiome maturation and the risk of developing asthma, eczema and allergy later in life.