Genetic selection provides a powerful tool to improve and maintain gut health in industrial pig production, and may in the future become a more sustainable alternative to the currently massive need for antibiotics.
Marianne Overgaard Hesselager
Aarhus University. Denmark
Marianne O. Hesselager obtained her PhD degree at Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics/Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, Denmark in 2015 (“The impact of alpha1-2fucosyltransferase 1 (FUT1) on pig gut health”).
She has been working with proteomics, but her main focus has been on a natural genetic variation and how this variation impacts expression of sugar molecules in the pig gut, and how this mutation partly controls the gut microbiota composition and susceptibility to gastrointestinal infections in piglets. Marianne spent part of her PhD at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia where she was trained in characterization and analysis of glycans, which are highly important to bacterial colonization. She has great interest in the gut microbiota, how it is controlled and how we might use this molecular knowledge to improve health.
She continues exploring the microbiota in a postdoctoral position at Aarhus University.
Updated CV 04-Jul-2016