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Kristina Osbjer

I have a background in research and development in zoonotic diseases, antimicrobial resistance and veterinary public health with a focus on low and middle income countries.


I have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from SLU from 2006 and a PhD on Zoonotic Diseases from SLU, 2016. I have worked as a veterinary clinician and with transboundary, foodborne and zoonotic diseases and antimicrobial resistance for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations  in Lao PDR, Cambodia and the regional office for Eastern Africa.  I am since 2019 back at SLU working on a multi-sectoral project on piloting on-site interventions for reducing antimicrobial use in livestock farming in emerging economies and with tasks for SLU Global on strengthening the internal and external collaborations on antimicrobial resistance.


I carry out research on antimicrobial resistance in livestock production in Southeast Asia including a jpiamr funded multi-sectorial project on interventions for reducing antimicrobial use in pig farming in northern Thailand. Reasearch collaborations with: Uppsala University, ETH Zurich, The Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Khon kaen University, International Livestock Research Institute and the National Animal Health and Production Research Institute in Cambodia.   

Selected publications

Vijaykrishna, D., Deng, Y., Grau, M. L., Kay, M., Suttie, A., Horwood, P. F., Kalpravidh, W., Claes, F., Osbjer, K., Dussart, P., Barr, I. G., Karlsson, E. A. 2019. Emergence of Influenza A(H7N4) Virus, Cambodia. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 25(10), 1988-1991.

Atterby, C., Osbjer, K., Tepper, V., Lindahl Rajala, E., Hernandez, J., Seng, S., Davun, H., Bonnedahl, J., Börjesson, S., Magnusson, U., Jarhult, J. 2019. Carriage of carbapenemase- and extended spectrum cephalosporinase-producing Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumonia in humans and livestock in rural Cambodia; gender and age differences and detection of blaOXA-48 in humans. Zoonoses and Public Health, 66, 603–617

Reed, T., Krang, S., Miliyaa.T., Townell, N., Letchford, J., Bun, S., Sar, B., Osbjer, K., Seng, S., Chou, M., By, C., Vanchinsurenh, L., Nov, V., Darapheak, C., Phe, T., de Lauzanne, A., Sovann, L., Turner, P., on behalf of the Cambodia Technical Working Group on Antimicrobial Resistance. 2019. Antimicrobial resistance in Cambodia: a review. International Journal of Infectious Diseases, 85, 98-107

Erik A. Karlsson, Srey Viseth Horm, Songha Tok, Sothyra Tum, Wantanee Kalpravidh, Filip Claes, Kristina Osbjer, Philippe Dussart. 2019. Avian influenza virus detection, temporality and co-infection in poultry in Cambodian border provinces, 2017–2018. Emerging Microbes & Infections, 8:1, 637-639

Ström G., Albihn A, Jinnerot T, Boqvist S, Andersson-Djurfeldt A, Sokerya S, Osbjer K, San S, Davun H, Mangusson U, 2017. Manure management and public health: Sanitary and socio-economic aspects among urban livestock-keepers in Cambodia. Science of the Total Environment 24(621).

Osbjer K., Sokerya S, San S, Davun H, Chheng K, Magnusson U, Olsen B, Berg M, Zohari S, 2016. Influenza A in backyard pigs and poultry in rural Cambodia. Transboundary and Emerging diseases 64(5).

Osbjer K., Boqvist S, Sokerya S, Chheng K, San S, Davun H, Rautelin H, Magnusson U, 2016. Risk factors associated with Campylobacter detected by PCR in humans and animals in rural Cambodia. Epidemiology and Infection 144(14).

Osbjer K., S. Boqvist, S. Sokerya, C. Kannarath, S. San, H. Davun and U. Magnusson, 2015. Household practices related to disease transmission between animals and humans in rural Cambodia. BMC public health, 15, 476.