Dr. David Rodríguez-Lázaro is a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine (DVM), specialised in Food Science (BSc and MSc) and Molecular Microbiology (PhD). He is an associate professor of Microbiology and the Head of the Microbiology Division at the University of Burgos. He has performed research stays in the Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research (Denmark), University of Prague (Czech Republic), the Food and Environmental Research Agency (UK), and the University of Bristol (UK). He was a Leverhulme visiting Professor in the Institute of Advanced Sciences in the University of Bristol during the years 2004 and 2005 and Marie Curie Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences in the University of Bristol (UK) until 2.007.
His research interest is focused on the establishment of reliable, quantitative molecular strategies for detection of important food-borne pathogens from environmental sources and various types of foodstuffs, the characterisation of the prevalence of the main foodborne pathogens in food and food related environments, and the development of emergent food preservation processes and their effects in the microbial virulence. He has participated in a number of coordinated EU-funded projects such as PROMISE, BASELINE, VITAL, FOOD-PCR, SACROHN, and MONI-QA, having established active links with the leading European research groups working in Food Safety.
He has published more than 100 international scientific papers (H-index 28) and book or book chapters regarding to Food Safety. He is currently member of the editorial board of “Applied and Environmental Microbiology”, “International Journal of Food Microbiology”, “Food and Environmental Virology” and “International Journal of Food Contamination” and the editor-in-chief of the Journal “Food Analytical Methods”. He was awarded with the “XV Jaime Ferrán Award” in 2013 by the Spanish Society for Microbiology for his understanding promising scientific career in Microbiology. He has been elected fellow of the Castilla y Leon Academy of Veterinary Sciences in May 2016.