Geelong looks set to be firmly positioned on the global infectious diseases map, with the appointment of international virology and ‘One Health’ expert, Professor Soren Alexandersen as Director of the Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases (GCEID).
Originally from Denmark, Professor Alexandersen has had an international career in virology, epidemiology and veterinary pathology for over 30 years, and has held senior positions in world class laboratories in Europe, Canada and the USA, as well as undertaking field research virtually all over the world, including wildlife studies in Africa and livestock studies in Pakistan and China, to name a few.
His most recent position has been as Executive Director of Canada’s National Centres for Animal Disease.
Other career highlights include directing the Danish Veterinary Institute for Virus Research and a Professorship at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has also worked at the World Reference Laboratory for Foot-and-Mouth Disease at the UK’s Pirbright Institute, the US National Institutes of Health’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Montana and the Veterinary College of Iowa State University.
Professor Alexandersen is one of the world’s leading experts on “One Health” – the multidisciplinary approach to managing infectious diseases in people, animals, and the environment, which lies at the heart of GCEID – Australia’s first “One Health” facility.
More information about his work can be found here: