The PIG-PARADIGM Steering Committee

Charlotte Lauridsen

Principal Investigator (PI), Chair of Steering Committee

Head of Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences (2021-), Aarhus University

Professor in Nutritional Immunology, Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Aarhus University (2018-)

  • Professor in Experimental Nutrition, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University (2020-2021)

  • Head of research section for Immunology and Microbiology, Department of Animal Sciences, Aarhus University (2012-2019)

  • Member and WP-leader of PigGutHealth (‘European network on the factors affecting the gastro-intestinal microbial balance and the impact on the health status of pig’; EU-Cost-action

  • President of the Pig Commission, European Association of Animal Production (EAAP) (2013-2016).

  • Research areas: Nutrition, immunology, infection biology, inflammation, metabolism and biomarkers; Pig gut health and diseases, i.e., infectious and non-infectious post weaning diarrhea; Animal models and experimentation, including E. coli infection models and porcine models for inflammatory bowel diseases


  • ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7428-7433


Merete Fredholm

Co-PI, Chair of Host Pillar

Professor, DVM, PhD, Dr.Vet.Sci., Institute of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen

  •  PhD in Animal Genetics from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark and post.doc at The Scripps Research Institute, California, USA

  •  Areas of expertise are animal genetics and genomics

  •  Board engagement in disease genetics and genomics with focus on identification of molecular components involved in traits of importance to welfare and sustainability

  •  Has published over 200 papers in refereed journals

  •  ORCID iD:

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Hauke Smidt

Co-PI, Chair of Microbiome Pillar

Personal Chair ‘Complex Microbial Ecosystems’ at the Laboratory of Microbiology, Wageningen University & Research


Maria Marco

Co-PI, Chair of Nutrition Pillar

Professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology and Chair of the Food Science Graduate Group at the University of California, Davis


Manimozhiyan Arumugam

Co-PI, Chair of Data Integration Pillar

Group Leader and Associate Professor at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, University of Copenhagen

  • Leads the “Microbiome Systems Biology” research group that investigates how health and diseases are influenced by our gut microbiome; how the gut microbiome interacts with the host and environmental factors; and how we can therapeutically modulate the gut microbiome to improve health.

  • His group takes interdisciplinary approaches combining multi-omics microbiome data to study host-microbial crosstalk.

  • An inter-disciplinary background with biology, computer science and bioinformatics, with >15 years’ experience studying the human microbiome.

  • Was listed as a Highly Cited Researcher in 2018, 2019 and 2020 by Clarivate Analytics.