Research unit: UNIDAD DE INVESTIGACIÓN CONSOLIDADA 271- Microbiología

PhD program: Avances en Ciencia y Biotecnología Alimentarias (UBU)

PhD program: Ciencias de la Salud (UBU)

Area: Microbiology

Research group: One Health Microbiology


Doctor by the Universitat de Girona with the thesis Development of molecular-based techniques for the detection, identification and quantification of food-borne pathogens 2004. Supervised by Dr. Maria Pla de Solà-Morales.

Dr. David Rodríguez-Lázaro is a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine (DVM), specialised in Food Science (MSc) and Molecular Microbiology (PhD), and Public Health (Diplo, National School of Health). He is an Associate Professor of Microbiology and the Head of the Microbiology Division at the University of Burgos (Spain), where he leads a Excellence Research Unit in “One Helath” Microbiology. 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 2007. Once he returned to Spain in 2007, he was scientist at the CSIC’s Institute of Moleular Biology and (IBGM), and senior scientist and research unit leader at the Instituto Tecnológico Agrario de Castilla y León (ITACyL) until September 2015 when he joined the University of Burgos. His research interest is focused on the characterisation of the prevalence of the main foodborne pathogens and the ecology of antibiotic resistance in food and food related environments, and the establishment of reliable, quantitative strategies for detection of important food-borne pathogens from environmental sources and various types of foodstuffs. 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, and he has been supervisor of 6 PhD students (other 3 in progress). He has published more than 140 international scientific papers (H-index 41, August 2021), and books or book chapters regarding to Food Microbiological Safety. He is and has been member of the editorial board of the most relevant journals on that Food and Applied Microbiology such as “Applied and Environmental Microbiology” (2013-2018), “International Journal of Food Microbiology”, “Food Microbiology” (2017-2021), “Micoorganisms”, “Pathogens” and “Food and Environmental Virology” (2008-2020), associated editor of “Frontiers in Microbiology” and ““Frontiers in Nutrition and Food Science Technology” 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 is a fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Sciences of Castilla y León (Spain) since May 2016. Since January 2017, he is member of the Scientific Committee of the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN), and its vice-president since January 2019. Likewise, he is member of the Spanish Network for emerging risks of the Ministry of Health.