Christian Berens

Head of Pathogenomic Workgoup

Institute of Molecular Pathogenesis, Friedrich Loeffler Institut, Germany

Dr. Christian Berens assesses genetic markers of EHEC and ESBL strains of E. coli to improve our understanding of the molecular basis of host adaptation of epizootic and zoonotic bacteria to their livestock reservoir hosts.

In the framework of OASIS, the mutual aim of the two veterinary partners in the consortium, the Institute of Hygiene and Infectious Diseases of Animals (IHIT) at Justus-Liebig-University Giessen and FLI, is to provide evidence that the novel and innovative LQAS-based AMR surveillance approach can be transferred to veterinary medicine. To achieve this, FLI and IHIT will conduct a conventional AMR prevalence survey for fattening pigs (FLI) and broiler chickens (IHIT), thereby generating the AMR data needed for biomathematical simulations by other partners of the consortium.