I am a health risk assessor at the Swedish Chemicals Agency, with a mixed background in software development and veterinary medicine.
I was born in 1973, grew up with computers and started programming them early on. As a teenager I worked as an operator of high throughput OCR-machines. After high school and my military service I started working as a software developer. From 1995 to 2005 I worked with business systems, telecommunication and web development, but also designed and taught courses in programming and web development.
In 2002 I got married and moved to Botswana with my wife and, although I kept working with computers until 2005, I got a chance to spend more time in nature, with animals. It was during this time I decided to change tracks and become a veterinarian.
In order to achieve this goal I studied advanced high school biology, chemistry, math and physics, and was admitted to the Veterinary program at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in 2005.
As a part of my master’s thesis as a veterinary student I developed a real-time PCR assay, and evaluated its usefulness to predict the protection offered by previous vaccination against BRSV, a common respiratory virus in calves. This led me to my doctoral thesis project, which involved the development and evaluation of several BRSV-vaccine candidates, and the refinement of a relevant infection model in calves. This work gave me experience in designing and performing complex experiments, as well as working in labs and getting scientific papers published.