One Health Antimicrobial Resistance (OHAR)

One Health Antimicrobial Resistance (OHAR)

The OHAR group conducts research on discovery and development of solutions for improving diagnosis and antimicrobial therapy of bacterial infections in veterinary medicine using a One Health approach based on the recognition that the health of people is connected to the health of animals. The group has two strategic focus areas:

Photo of group members in lab











The OHAR group coordinates a EU Innovation Action on alternatives to veterinary Antimicrobials (AVANT, 2020-2025), the COST Action European Network for Optimization of Veterinary Antimicrobial Treatment (ENOVAT, 2019-2023), and a JPIAMR project on farm interventions to control antimicrobial resistance (FARM-CARE, 2022-2025). It also participates in a Marie Curie Initial Training Network on antimicrobial drug target discovery (INNOTARGETS, 2021-2025), and a JPIAMR network to assess the global burden of AMR using a One Health approach (GAP-ON€-2, 2021-2022).

In the recent past, we established the University of Copenhagen Research Centre for Control of Antibiotic Resistance (UC-Care, 2012-2016) and coordinated or participated in numerous EU projects such as PILGRIM (2009-2011), EvoTAR (2011-2015), CALLISTO (2012-2015)n and TRAIN-ASAP (2012-2016), GAP-ONE (2019-2020 and CARTNET (2018-2022).

We are responsible for one of the largest diagnostic laboratories that offers microbiology services to companion animal clinics in Denmark (SUND VET DIAGNOSTIK) and are actively involved in several international veterinary committees.

The group leader, Prof. Luca Guardabassi, participates in various international committees including the JPIAMR Scientific Advisory Board, the ESCMID Study Group for Veterinary Microbiology (ESGVM), the WSAVA Therapeutic Guidelines Group, and the ISCAID Antimicrobial Guidelines Working Group.

The deputy leader, Associate Prof. Peter Damborg, is the chair of the European Veterinary Subcommittee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (VetCAST), and also participates in the ESGVM. 

Luca and Peter are de-facto diplomates of the European College of Veterinary Microbiology, and our laboratory is an approved as Training Centre of this college.














Group leader

Head of Group
Luca Guardabassi, Professor MSO

Group/project members

Internal researchers

Name Title Phone E-mail
Cohen, Lawrence PhD Fellow +4535322210 E-mail
Damborg, Peter Panduro Associate Professor +4535332702 E-mail
Guardabassi, Luca Professor   E-mail
Hanegård, Manja Laboratory Technician +4535336478 E-mail
Johannsen, Kristina Juliet E Laboratory Technician Trainee +4535325835 E-mail
Olsen, Rikke Heidemann Associate Professor +4535336431 E-mail
Pearce, Ryan Sean Visiting PhD Student   E-mail
Pirolo, Mattia Assistant Professor   E-mail
Sherwani, Moiz Khan External Postdoc +4535329515 E-mail
sjn727, sjn727 Laboratory Technician Trainee +4535330328 E-mail