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Working Group Applied Epidemiology

The working group Applied Epidemiology has the following topics:

  • Planning, implementation, and analysis of epidemiological studies in animal populations, e.g. cross-sectional-studies, case-control-studies
  • Design of large epidemiological studies
  • Development of monitoring systems
  • Research on antibiotics use in livestock and on the selection and dissemination of bacteria with antibiotic resistance
  • PD Dr. Roswitha Merle


  • Dr. Racem Ben Rhomdane
  • Alexander Bartel
  • Susann Weise
  • Lisa Gorisek
  • Damiano Ferrari
  • Jenny Ries
  • Alina Küper
  • Karoline Henke
  • Gudrun Haase
  • Lukas Reese
  • Marielu Voit
  • Xenia Katzurke
  • Jakob Hövener
  • Beneditta Suwono


  • Systematic review of indicators for animal welfare in dairy cattle: doctoral thesis, common project with Prof. Thöne-Reineke (Institute for Animal Welfare, Animal Behavior and Laboratory Animal Science)
  • Strengths of integrated veterinary consultations in German dairy farms concerning aninmal health and animal welfare; doctoral thesis of Jenny Ries.
  • Insufficiency of performance in sport horses; doctoral thesis of Jakob Hövener.
  • Investigation of veterinarians and animals owners regarding shared decision making in veterinary practices; doctoral thesis of Alina Küper
  • Consumer study on food safety and meat quality: doctoral thesis of Karoline Henke.
  • MolTypList: Molecular typing of Listeria monocytogenes in food and humans. Scientific project of Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, Robert Koch-Institute and FU Berlin, funded by the National Research Platform for Zoonoses as well as the Federal Ministry of Health, 2017 - 2020.
  • Effect of deflighting procedure on welfare of flamingos and pelicans; doctoral thesis in cooperation with Zoo Nuremberg and Prof. Thöne-Reineke (Institute for Animal Welfare, Animal Behavior and Laboratory Animal Science)
  • Agressive dogs in animal shelter; doctoral thesis of Xenia Katzurke in cooperation with Prof. Thöne-Reineke (Institute for Animal Welfare, Animal Behavior and Laboratory Animal Science)
  • Comparison of resistance data of bacteria from human surveillance and montoring and surveillance in veterinary medicine and food production; PhD-thesis of Beneditta Suwono, in cooperation with BfR and RKI
  • Survey on measures to alleviate antimicrobial resistance in the G20 countries; funded by Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture; 2017
  • EsRAM: Development of integrated reduction measures for antbiotics resistant pathogens in poultry; research network incl. several institutes of FU, 4 public and 3 private partners; funded by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, 2016 - 2019
  • AACTING: Network on quantification of veterinary antimicrobial consumption at herd level and analysis, communication and benchmarking to improve responsible use; funded by the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance, Laufzeit: 2016 - 2018