I am a Ph.D. student at Center for Surgical Science, Surgical Department, Zealand University. The focus of my current research is patients with colon cancer and the microbiota. I am a recent graduate from University of Copenhagen: completing my master degree in 2018. All through my studies, I have been drawn to surgery and cancer research, especially the tumors of the gastrointestinal tract. I worked as a research scholar in 2015 at Center for Surgical Science.

2019-2020: Maternity leave #2

2018-now: Clinical assistant and phD-student, CSS

2017-2018: Maternity leave #1

2016-2017: Research assistent for the PIXIE study, CSS

2015-2016: Research-year scholar, CSS

2014-2018        University of Copenhagen – Master in Medicine

2011-2014        University of Copenhagen – BSc in Medicine

My current research is on patients with colon cancer and the microbiota. I focus on the tumor microenvironment: immune evasive markers, the infiltration of immune cells and the bacteria present. I will through my Ph.D conduct several studies focusing on the bacterial composition of the mucosal layer of the colon in patients with colon cancer, how the cancer cells react to expo-sure of bacteria, and how these known bacterial drivers react to antibiotic treatment. My previ-ous research has also been on patients with colorectal cancer: I have conducted a database study on readmission and prolonged hospital stay in patients with colorectal cancer in an ERAS cohort; as well as conducted a study on in-vivo sentinel node mapping in patients with colon cancer.

First author

Bennedsen ALB, Eriksen JR, Gögenur I. Prolonged hospital stay and readmission rate in an ERAS cohort undergoing colorectal cancer surgery. Colorectal Dis. 2018 Oct 11. doi: 10.1111/codi.14446. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30307103.

Shared first author

Andersen HS, Bennedsen ALB, Burgdorf SK, Eriksen JR, Eiholm S, Toxværd A, Riis LB, Rosenberg J, Gögenur I. In vivo and ex vivo sentinel node mapping does not identify the same lymph nodes in colon cancer. Int J Colorectal Dis. 2017 Jul;32(7):983-990. doi: 10.1007/s00384-017-2777-9. Epub 2017 Feb 16. PubMed PMID:28210851.


Cai L, Bennedsen ALB, Qvortrup C, Gögenur I. [Increasing incidence of colorectal cancer in young patients]. Ugeskr Laeger. 2019 Dec 30;182(1):V09190524. PubMed PMID: 31928624

Kokotovic D, Bennedsen AL, Bodilsen TF. [Transscrotal and transurethral cholecystectomy: a meta-analysis]. Ugeskr Laeger. 2015 Dec 21;177(52):V67983. Review. Danish. PubMed PMID: 26692218.

Research keywords

#Patients #Colorectal Cancer #Colon Adenomatous Polyps #Microbiota #Bacteria #Antibiotics #Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocytes #Immune Evasive Markers #PD-1 Pathway #HLA-G #CDX2 #Lymph Node Metastases #Mutation Analyses #Readmission #Prolonged Hospital Stay #ERAS #Sentinel Node Mapping #Indocyanine Green #Immune evasive markers