Professor Paal Skytt Andersen

Professor Skytt Andersen conducts research in the fields of genetic epidemiology, microbiomics, bioinformatics, and host-pathogen interactions. The primary focus of his research has been susceptibility to disease both infectious diseases (such as Staphylococcus aureus infections) and complex diseases such as inflammatory diseases (e.g. Inflammatory bowel disease and rheumatoid arthritis). This has involved the establishment of biobanks; human genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and bacterial GWAS in international collaborations including those with Prof. Vance Fowler, Duke University, NC, USA and Prof. Francois Vandenesch, University of Lyon, France.  He is deeply involved in genomic epidemiology to better understand the evolution of virulent bacterial clones and antibiotic resistance. Dr Skytt Andersen also performs research within the field of microbiomics to understand microbial communities and their role in promoting or preventing disease (e.g. MRSA colonization, Atopic dermatitis; inflammatory bowel disease).