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Elisabeth Rajala

Elisabeth Rajala


Veterinarian and researcher with focus on veterinary public health, infectious disease epidemiology and antimicrobial resistance. 


I am teaching veterinary students in epizootiology and I am the course leader for the PhD course One Health: concept, cases and methodology.


Ongoing research projects:

Improving preparedness in Swedish livestock production for food security - a Ukrainian perspective (2024) (project leader).

Urban Livestock keeping and transforming food systems in global south (2024-2027) (PhD projekt, co-supervisor).

Exploring the dynamics of antimicrobial resistance in livestock production (2021-2024) (PhD project, co-supervisor).

One Health Initiative – Food safety interventions along pork value chain in Vietnam (2022-2025) (PhD project, co-supervisor).

Other: Leader of Challenge 1 (Improving access to safe and nutritious food) qin the Sida-funded program Agriculture for Food Security 2030 (AgriFoSe2030).


Coordinator for SLU Future One Health

SLU Globals coordinator for the VH faculty.

Selected publications

Rajala E, Gröndal H, Sternberg-Lewerin S. The first outbreak of African swine fever in Sweden: a survey of pig farmers’ perceptions of information received, risks, biosecurity measures and future prospects. Acta vet scand.  (2023) 65:58

Rajala, E., Vogel, I., Sundin, A., Kongmanila, D., Nassuna-Musoke, M. G., et al. (2021). How can agricultural research translation projects targeting smallholder production systems be strengthened by using Theory of Change? Global Food Security, 28. 100475. DOI: 10.1016/j.gfs.2020.100475

Rajala E, Lee HS, Nguyen HN, Chu TTH, Hoang MS, Wieland B, Magnusson U (2021). Skewness in the literature on infectious livestock diseases in an emerging economy – the case of Vietnam. Animal Health Research Review. DOI:   

Atterby C, Osbjer K, Tepper V, Rajala E, Hernandez J, et al. (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.

Sonne C, Andersen‐Ranberg E, Rajala E, Agerholm JS, Bonefeld‐Jørgensen E et al (2018). Prevalence of antibodies against Brucella spp. in West Greenland polar bears (Ursus maritimus) and East Greenland muskoxen (Ovibos moschatus). Polar Biology

Sonne C, Andersen-Ranberg E, Rajala E, Agerholm, Bonefeld-Jørgensen E et al. (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.

Lindahl Rajala E, Hoffman T, Fretin D, Godfroid J, Sattorov N et al. (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.

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.

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. Trop Anim Health Prod 48(3), 553-558.

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

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.

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.

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