Peter Gerner-Smidt


MD, DMSc. with a specialty in clinical microbiology. He received his MD from University of Aarhus, Denmark and his DMSc. from University of Copenhagen, Denmark, his research topic being the taxonomy and epidemiology of Acinetobacter, a nosocomial pathogen. He held the position of Head of the Danish Reference Centre for Enteric Pathogens and Listeria at Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen from 1995- 2004 where he represented the institute at the national level in the Danish Zoonosis Centre, and at the international level, in EnterNet, the European network for surveillance of Salmonella, STEC and Campylobacter. He was the first coordinator of PulseNet Europe, the European network for molecular surveillance of foodborne infections. In 2004, he moved to the United States to become chief of the Epidemiological Investigations and PulseNet Unit at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA (USA); today he is the acting chief of the Enteric Diseases Laboratory Branch (proposed) at CDC, Atlanta, chief of PulseNet USA and chairman of the PulseNet international Steering Committee. Dr. Gerner-Smidt’s research interests are molecular epidemiology, including subtyping and identification of foodborne, zoonotic and enteric bacterial pathogens.