Brief CV

Name: Christen Rune Stensvold
Address, work: Building 38/104, Statens Serum Institut, Artillerivej 5, DK-2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark.
Contact, work: Tel: +45 32688224; Email: run[at]ssi[dot]dk

Education and training
2009—2011: Molecular parasitology, evolutionary biology (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
2008: PhD in health sciences (University of Copenhagen, Denmark). Degree awarded 30 JAN 2008.
2006: Molecular parasitology (Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia)
2004: MSc in parasitology (University of Copenhagen, Denmark).
2003: Epidemiology, field work, diagnostic parasitology (WHO, Vientiane, Lao PDR)
1995: BMedSc (University of Aarhus, Denmark).

Current and previous job positions
2012—present: Senior Scientist, Statens Serum Institut (
2011—2012: Post doc fellow, Statens Serum Institut
2009—2011: Post doc fellow, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (
2008—2009: Post doc fellow, Statens Serum Institut
2005—2008: PhD student, Statens Serum Institut
2004—2005: Parasitologist and research assistant, Statens Serum Institut

Areas of R&D
·         Genetic diversity, clinical significance and molecular epidemiology of intestinal micro-eukaryotes
·         Application of novel technology in clinical microbiology and gastroenterology
·         Molecular diagnostics
·         Evolutionary and taxonomic aspects of parasitology

2013: €12,000 from Brdr. Hartmanns Fond for the project “Comparative genomic analysis of Blastocystis with a view to identifying evidence of subtype-dependent differences in pathogenicity”. (Grant ID: A22836).
2012: €200,000 from Lundbeck Foundation for the project “Whole genome sequence (WGS) analysis of Blastocystis sp. ST1—ST4 with a view to identifying genetic evidence of subtype-dependent differences in pathogenicity” (Grant ID: R108-A10123).
2012: €100,000 from Marie Curie Actions: Marie Curie Reintegration Grant for the proposal GUT18S (Call: FP7-PEOPLE-2012-CIG;Grant ID: 321614).
2012: €14,700 from The Danish Council of Research and Innovation (EUopSTART) for preparing an ERC Starting Grant application (Grant ID: DOK2320654).
2012: €46,700 from TRYG Fonden for the project “Parasitter og Børns Trivsel” (“Parasites and the well-being of children”).
2009: €229,950 from the Danish Medical Research Council for the post-doctoral project “Investigating the molecular epidemiology of Blastocystis by analysis of the mitochondrion-like organelle, multi-locus sequence typing (MLST) and development of a publicly available MLST database”. The grant is running from October 1st 2009 to September 30th 2011. Grant ID: 271-09-0251 Danish Agency for Science Technology and Innovation.

2013: Fritz Kaufmann Award, Statens Serum Institut (€10,000).

Efforts and ability to inspire younger researchers
·         12 BSc theses (University of Copenhagen, Technical University of Denmark).
·         5 MSc theses (University of Copenhagen, Technical University of Denmark).
·         3 PhD theses (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Copenhagen).

Databases and Blogs (Blastocystis Subtype (18S) and Sequence Typing (MLST) Databases). (Blastocystis Parasite Blog; ~568,000 views [as of 13 FEB 2017])

Web Of Science (data retrieved 13 OCT 2022):
·         Current world ranking for ‘Blastocystis’: #1
H-index: 43 (Web of Science)
M-index: 2.4
Google Scholar (data retrieved 13 OCT 2022)
H-index: 54, i10-index: 122; Citations since 2017: 6646

Updated 13 OCT 2022

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