Alejandra Vásquez

Researcher, PhD in EngeneeringKnown as name: Alejandra Vasquez

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Medical Biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Animal and Dairy Science


  • Lactic Acid Bacteria, alternative to antibiotics, honey, wounds, foodtechnology


In 2005 Tobias Olofsson and Alejandra Vásquez discovered that a large battery of beneficial bacteria resides within honeybees and are a key in honey production.

The discovery of these bacteria, including 9 species of Lactobacilli and 4 species of Bifidobacteria, within honeybees and their honey started a new research at Lund University and it extends to three different research areas; Medical applications, Functional food and Bee health.

Our research focus on the antimicrobial properties of these beneficial bacteria in order to apply them in functional food and as alternative medical tools to antibiotics. Moreover, we investigate their role in bee health in collaboration with other universities. Our research is solely external funded with grants from Formas, VR and others.

Recent research outputs

Sepideh Lamei, Stephan, J. G., Kristian Riesbeck, Alejandra Vasquez, Tobias Olofsson, Nilson, B., de Miranda, J. R. & Forsgren, E., 2019, In : Journal of Apicultural Research. 58, 3, p. 405-412 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sepideh Lamei, Hu, Y. O. O., Tobias C. Olofsson, Andersson, A. F., Forsgren, E. & Alejandra Vásquez, 2017 Mar 1, In : PLoS ONE. 12, 3, e0174614.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Tobias C. Olofsson, Butler, É., Lindholm, C., Bo Nilson, Michanek, P. & Alejandra Vásquez, 2016 Oct, In : Current Microbiology. 73, 4, p. 463-473 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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