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.
Please read my CV and about my skills for more details about my previous experience. For insights about me as a person, please read about my interests.