Professor and Director
Department of Infectious Disease
Centre for Antibiotic Resistance Research
University of Gothenburg
Title of talk
The environment as a source for antibiotic resistance genes
Joakim Larsson received his PhD in animal physiology in 2000 in Gothenburg, and after two years of guest research at marine labs in Canada and USA, he decided to combine his interest for the environment with medicine. He became associate professor in human physiology in 2007 and full professor in 2013. From 2016 he is director for the Centre for Antibiotic Resistance Research (CARe) at University of Gothenburg, involving more than 100 researchers, from six faculties. His most cited papers include the identification of ethinylestradiol as an important contributor to the feminization of wild fish, and a series of studies showing that manufacturing discharges is the cause for the most severe cases of pharmaceutical pollution observed in the environment. The research of his own research group, which include just over 20 people, focus today mainly on the environmental dimensions of antibiotic resistance. Current projects include e. g. research on the role of antibiotics, metals and antibacterial biocides in the promotion of antibiotic resistance, exploration of the environmental resistome for novel resistance genes, evaluation of advanced effluent treatment technologies, surveillance of resistance in the human population using sewage bacteria, and aquatic and aerial transmission of resistant pathogens. In 2012, Joakim Larsson received the Eric K. Fernströms prize for young researchers.