Joakim Larsson is a Professor of Environmental Pharmacology at the Department of Infectious Disease, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He is director for the Centre for Antibiotic Resistance Research (CARe) at the University of Gothenburg, involving more than 100 researchers from six faculties. His current research group, made up of 20 researchers, focuses mainly on the environmental dimensions of antibiotic resistance. Current research projects include: the role of pollution in the promotion of antibiotic resistance; exploration of the environmental resistome for novel resistance genes; surveillance of resistance in the human population using sewage bacteria; aquatic and aerial transmission of resistant pathogens; as well as both technical and societal measures to reduce environmental pollution with antibiotics and antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Joakim received his PhD in animal physiology in 2000 from the University of Gothenburg, and after two years of guest research at marine labs in Canada and USA, he decided to combine his interest for the environment with medicine. He became associate professor in human physiology in 2007 and full professor in 2013.