Centre Director

Soren Alexandersen (2)

Email soren.alexandersen@deakin.edu.au
Mobile +61 (0) 427282311
Position Professor at Deakin University and Director at GCEID

 Prof. Soren Alexandersen, DVM, PhD, DVSc, FRCPath, MRCVS

Soren Alexandersen is a Veterinary Pathologist, Virologist and Epidemiologist specialising in molecular pathogenesis, epidemiology and control of virus infections since 1982.

He has worked at the NIH in Montana and at Iowa State University in the USA and has previously been Assistant and Associate Professor of Veterinary Pathology, Research Professor of Molecular Pathobiology and Professor and Chair of Veterinary Virology at the Veterinary and Agricultural University in Denmark. He was then Director of the Danish Veterinary Institute for Virus Research at the Island of Lindholm for 5 years before leaving for the Institute for Animal Health in Pirbright, England in 1999. At Pirbright he was Head of Experimental Epidemiology focussing on foot-and-mouth disease and swine vesicular disease.

In August 2004 he returned to the Danish Veterinary Institute for Virus Research, Denmark, as Research Professor and Head of Section to work on serious OIE listed virus infections of livestock. In 2008 he became the Director of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease (NCFAD) in Winnipeg, Canada and in July 2010 the Executive Director of the National Centres for Animal Disease (NCAD) including the NCFAD laboratory in Winnipeg and the Lethbridge Laboratory in Alberta.

In October 2015 he joined Deakin University as a Professor and Director of the Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases (GCEID), a collaboration including Deakin University, Barwon Health/University Hospital Geelong and the CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory.

He has also been Adjunct Professor of Pathology and Exotic Virology at the Faculty of Life Sciences of the University of Copenhagen. He has worked and given invited lectures in most parts of the world and has published more than 130 international scientific papers.

He holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, a PhD in Veterinary Pathology and a DVSc in Molecular Virology from the Veterinary and Agricultural University in Denmark and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Pathologists and a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the United Kingdom.