Arctic Infection Biology

The research group focuses on issues of veterinary science related to infection biology (bacteria, viruses, parasites) in wildlife including semi-domesticated reindeer and marine mammals, with particular emphasis on infections transmitted between animals and man (zoonoses). The research efforts are guided by scientific curiosity and current society needs for better understanding of infection pathways in cells and transmission routes between organisms of Arctic ecosystems.

Current research focus:

  • Cell based and in vivo based infection models for various microorganisms.
  • Infections transmitted between man and wildlife (poxvirus, rabies, Toxoplasma, Trichinella).
  • Infections transmitted between livestock and wildlife (parapoxvirus, reindeer brain worm)
  • Vector-borne pathogens (viruses, bacteria, parasites) in reindeer on coastal pastures: presence and fluctuations related to climate change.
  • Infectious agents and their impact on populations (Brucella, herpesvirus, morbillivirus).
  • Reindeer warble fly in reindeer and humans.
  • Zoonotic brucellosis and bovine tuberculosis at the wildlife/livestock/human interface “from the Arctic to the Antarctic” in a “One Health” perspective.

Research group leader: Kjetil Åsbakk

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