Research interests

Research on the prevalence of listeria in the natural environment and in a fish processing company, using modern DNA analysis methods. Optimization of the methodology for the identification of pathogenic microorganisms, identification of the common genetic lines of listeria and possible access to the fish processing company, identification of the routes, preparation of recommendations for risk management.

Annotation of the doctoral dissertation

In Lithuania, as in many other countries, research on the identification, prevalence and detectability of different strains of L. Monocytogenes in the anthropogenic environment is only gaining momentum, therefore the proposed research topic is timely and relevant in both fundamental and practical aspects.

Preliminary objectives of the studies:

  1. To determine the ways of spreading of listeriosis agents.
  2. To assess the critical stages related to the possible contamination of the production at different stages of reception of fish raw materials, preparation and packaging of fish products.
  3. Conduct research using modern methods based on microorganism cultivation, microscopy, DNA sequencing, collecting research material in fish product processing and packaging companies, creating a pathogen distribution map.
  4. To present suggestions and recommendations that reduce the risk of contracting listeriosis and increase the safety of food production.