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Elisabeth Rajala

Elisabeth Rajala


Veterinarian and researcher with focus on the epidemiology of zoonotic infections, veterinary public health and antimicrobial resistance. Leader of challenge 1 (Improving access to safe and nutritious food) within the programme Agriculture for Food Security 2030 (AgriFoSe2030).


Course leader for the PhD course "Sustainability in a globalized world - tools and concepts".


My research is focusing on the epidemiology of zoonotic infections, antimicrobial resistance and public health.

Ongoing research projects: Exploring the dynamics of antimicrobial resistance in livestock production (2021-2024) 


Selected publications

1. Clara Atterby, Kristina Osbjer, Viktoria Tepper, Elisabeth Rajala, Jorge Hernandez, Sokerya Seng, Davun Holl, Jonas Bonnedahl, Stefan Börjesson, Ulf Magnusson, Josef D. Järhult (2019). Carriage of carbapenemase‐ and extended‐spectrum cephalosporinase‐producing Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae in humans and livestock in rural Cambodia; gender and age differences and detection of blaOXA‐48 in humans. Zoonoses and public health.

2. Sonne C, Andersen‐Ranberg E, L. Rajala E, Agerholm JS, Bonefeld‐Jørgensen E, Desforges J-P, Eulaers I, Gustavson K, Jenssen BM, Koch A, Rosing‐Asvid A, Schmidt NM, Grøndahl C, Mosbacher JB, Siebert U, Tryland M, Mulvad G, Born EW, Laidre K, Wiig Ø, Dietz R, Magnusson U (2018). Prevalence of antibodies against Brucella spp. in West Greenland polar bears (Ursus maritimus) and East Greenland muskoxen (Ovibos moschatus). Polar Biology

3. Sonne C, Andersen-Ranberg E, L. Rajala E, Agerholm, Bonefeld-Jørgensen E, Desforges J-P, Eulaers I, Jenssen BM, Koch A, Rosing-Asvid A, Siebert U, Tryland M, Mulvad G, Härkönen T, Acquarone M, Nordøy ES, Dietz R, Magnusson U. (2018) Seroprevalence for Brucella spp. in Baltic ringed seals (Phoca hispida) and East Greenland harp (Pagophilus groenlandicus) and hooded (Cystophora cristata) seals. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology. 198:14-18. doi: 10.1016/j.vetimm.2018.02.005.

4. Lindahl Rajala E, Hoffman T, Fretin D, Godfroid J, Sattorov N, Boqvist S, Lundkvist Å, Magnusson U (2017). Detection and characterization of Brucella spp. in bovine milk in small-scale urban and peri-urban farming in Tajikistan. Plos neglected tropical diseases. 2017 Mar 15;11(3):e0005367. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0005367.

5. Rajala EL, Sattorov N, Boqvist S, Magnusson U. Bovine leptospirosis in urban and peri-urban dairy farming in low-income countries: a "One Health" issue? (2017). Acta Vet Scand. 2017 Dec 12;59(1):83. doi: 10.1186/s13028-017-0352-6.

6. Lindahl Rajala E, Grahn C, Ljung I, Sattorov N, Boqvist S, Magnusson U (2016).

Prevalence and risk factors for Brucella seropositivity among sheep and goats in a peri-urban region of Tajikistan. Tropical Animal Health and Production 48(3), 553-558.

7. Hoffman T, Rock K, Mugizi DR, Muradrasoli S, Lindahl-Rajala E, Erume J, Magnusson U, Lundkvist Å, Boqvist S (2016). Molecular detection and characterization of Brucella species in raw informally marketed milk from Uganda. Infect Ecol Epidemiol. doi: 10.3402/iee.v6.32442.

8. Lindahl E, Sattorov N, Boqvist S, Magnusson U (2015). A study of knowledge, attitudes and practices relating to brucellosis among small-scale dairy farmers in an urban and peri-urban area of Tajikistan. PLoS One 10(2), doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0117318.

9. Lindahl E, Sattorov N, Boqvist S, Sattori I, Magnusson U (2014). Seropositivity and risk factors for Brucella in dairy cows in urban and peri-urban small-scale farming in Tajikistan. Tropical Animal Health and Production 46(3), 563-569.

10. Lindahl E, Boqvist S, Artursson K, Magnusson U (2011). A field-study on Leptospira seroprevalence in dairy cows in four geographical areas in Sweden. Acta Vet Scand. 2011 Oct 12;53:53. doi: 10.1186/1751-0147-53-53.


Researcher at the Department of Biomedical Science and Veterinary Public Health; Division of Bacteriology and Food Safety
Telephone: +4618672036, +46738013356
Postal address:
BVF, Bakteriologi och livsmedelssäkerhet, Box 7036
Visiting address: Ulls väg 26, Uppsala