Biography Annette Fagerlund
I am a researcher at the Department of Food Safety and Quality, and my interests include molecular microbiology and bioinformatics, and the study of bacterial biofilms. Main research topics are foodborne pathogenic bacteria such as Listeria monocytogenes and Staphylococcus spp., and investigation into how these and other bacteria relevant in the food industry survive and adapt in food processing environments. I use modern DNA sequencing techniques (Illumina, Nanopore) to track the spread and contamination sources of bacteria in the food chain, and to characterize genetic traits such as pathogenic potential. We also use such technology to study microbial communities, for example to study dynamics and survival of pathogenic bacteria in biofilms. I have a degree in biochemistry from the University of Oslo (2003), and a PhD from the Norwegian Veterinary School (Bacillus cereus virulence factors, 2008).
Annette Fagerlund has 20 publications at Nofima:
1. April 2019 – 31. March 2023
The objective of the «PathoSeq» project is to prepare Norwegian food industry for the challenges and possibilities of using modern DNA sequencing technologies for surveillance and control of foodborne pathogenic bacteria. The focus is on Listeria monocytogenes, considered the largest food safety challenge in Norwegian food processing industry.
1. January 2017 – 31. December 2020
The main goal of the strategic research program FoodMicro-Pack is to contribute to production and offering of safe and durable food, optimal packaging concepts and reduced food waste in the Norwegian food sector.