Biography Birgitte Moen
I am a researcher at the department of Food safety and quality, where I have been employed as a researcher since 2005. My field of research is molecular microbiology. I mainly work with microbiota analyses in food, environmental samples, biofilm and in the human- and animal gut (animals as model for human studies as well as production animals). Examples of projects are: The effect of probiotic in pig- and mouse models (related to human health) Dynamics and survival of pathogenic bacteria in biofilm Microbiota in food during processing and at different packaging/storage conditions In addition I am involved in projects where we study survival mechanisms of food related bacteria. I am especially interested in DNA sequencing technology (we have a MiSeq (Illumina) at Nofima Ås) and use genome- and amplicon (16S rDNA) sequencing in many projects. EDUCATION Dr.scient/Ph.D (Biotecknology, 2005). The Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Department of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science. Thesis: “Stress responses and survival mechanisms of food related bacteria – an explorative study”. Cand.scient (Biotechnology, 2001). The Agricultural University of Norway (now called the Norwegian University of Life Sciences).
Birgitte Moen has 43 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.