People

AIGHD is leading research in the fields of infectious diseases, mother and child health, non-communicable diseases, health system strengthening and impact evaluation.

  • Anita Hardon

    Professor in Anthropology of Health and Social Care at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (Sociology / Anthropology Department) and Scientific Director of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), both of the University of Amsterdam.   Together with Prof. Jelle Visser and Prof. Robert Pool she directs the research priority area the [...]
  • Catherine Hankins

    Catherine Hankins is Deputy Director, Science at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development, Department of Global Health, Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam. She is an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health. At AIGHD, she leads AIGHD’s HIV prevention research [...]
  • Chris Elbers

    Professor Chris Elbers is the Desmond Tutu Chair Holder of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration. He studied econometrics and mathematical economics at the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands and obtained his doctoral degree from the VU University of Amsterdam. From 1984, he is a member of the Development Research Group in the [...]
  • Constance Schultsz

    Constance Schultsz MD, PhD is a specialist in medical microbiology and Associate Professor at the Department of Global Health of the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam. She is an Executive Board member of the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) and deputy head of the Department of Global Health. Constance worked [...]
  • Eduard Sanders

    Eduard Sanders MD, MPH, PhD (1961) is a medical epidemiologist specialized in HIV research and public health with over 20 years experience in Africa (Kenya, 1992-96; Ethiopia, 1999-2003; Kenya, since 2003). He is associate-professor in Tropical Medicine and Global Health at University of Oxford, and honorary lecturer at the Department of Global Health, University of [...]
  • Eveline Klinkenberg

    Eveline Klinkenberg is a senior epidemiologist. She obtained her PhD in 2006 from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine on a project assessing the impact of urban agricultural on malaria looking at both epidemiological as well as entomological aspects. She has worked in different countries all over the world on operational research (OR) and public [...]
  • Frank Cobelens

    Frank Cobelens MD MSc PhD (1959), Professor of Global Health, studied medicine in Amsterdam and communicable disease epidemiology in London, and earned his PhD at the University of Amsterdam. He worked for several years in HIV/AIDS control and tropical and travel medicine. He became involved in epidemiological research on tuberculosis in Asia, Africa and Latin [...]
  • Frank van Leth

    Dr. Frank van Leth is an experienced epidemiologist in the field of infectious diseases, with an emphasis on HIV and tuberculosis. He has a strong affinity for novel, yet contextually relevant, methodological approaches for capturing public health needs and designing appropriate interventions. Recent large projects include national surveys in Tanzania (tuberculosis prevalence, drug-resistance) and Bangladesh (tuberculosis [...]
  • Fransje van der Waals

    Health[e]Foundation Fransje van der Waals, MD PhD Fransje van der Waals received her MD degree from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Amsterdam in 1978 and her PhD degree from the same University in 1995. In 1978 she was a Fogarty Fellow at the Child and Family Research Branch, National Institutes of Health, [...]
  • Gabriela Gomez

    Gabriela Gomez is an epidemiologist/health economist at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development and Department of Global Health, University of Amsterdam. She leads operational research projects evaluating the impact of prevention programs for key populations in sub-Saharan Africa. These programs include HIV prevention for truck drivers and sex workers in Zambia, Zimbabwe and [...]
  • Godelieve de Bree

    Godelieve de Bree is consultant internal medicine with subspecialty infectious disease and clinical immunology. Since 2013 she is affiliated at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development and the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. Her current clinical work involves general infectious diseases and clinical immunology, specifically immune deficiencies. Before moving in research towards the [...]
  • Guus ten Asbroek

    Guus ten Asbroek, MSc PhD (1963) was trained as a nurse in Nieuwegein, studied Health Sciences at Maastricht University, epidemiology at the VU in Amsterdam and earned his PhD at the University of Amsterdam. He worked as a volunteer in care delivery in the Philippines and South Sudan before becoming a health services researcher. Also, [...]
  • Hanneke Borgdorff

    Hanneke Borgdorff received her medical degree with honours in 2011 at the University of Leiden. Since 2012 she has been appointed as PhD student at AIGHD and the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam under supervision of Professor Janneke van de Wijgert of the University of Liverpool. Their research focuses on the vaginal microbiome of African [...]
  • Heleen Nelissen

    Heleen Nelissen completed her Master in Management, Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Life Sciences with a specialization in International Public Health at the VU University in Amsterdam in 2013. During her Master Heleen worked as a student assistant at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD). Since, January 2014 Heleen [...]
  • Kim Sigaloff

    Kim Sigaloff is a medical doctor and currently a fellow at the Department of Infectious Diseases of the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). She is a postdoctoral researcher at AIGHD with an interest in the long-term outcomes of antiretroviral treatment in sub-Saharan Africa. As a co-investigator of the PanAfrican Studies to Evaluate Resistance (PASER) project, [...]
  • Marleen Hendriks

    Marleen Hendriks obtained her medical degree at the Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam in 2006. After graduation she worked as a Neurology resident at the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis, Amsterdam and started Neurology specialist training at the Academic Medical Center in 2007. After three years of clinical medicine, she decided to switch to Global [...]
  • Michael Boele van Hensbroek

    Michael Boele van Hensbroek, Professor of Global Child Health and paediatric infectious disease specialist, is a staff member of the Emma Children’s hospital, Academic Medical Centre of the University of Amsterdam. He previously worked in The Gambia (1991-1995), conducting randomized controlled trials on the treatment of severe malaria in children. The research was based at [...]
  • Michiel Heidenrijk

    Michiel Heidenrijk, the founding Director of the new Amsterdam health & technology institute (ahti), has been the managing director of the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) since he and Professor Joep Lange created it in 2006. His background is in business economics with a special focus on banking and insurance.  He worked [...]
  • Nadine Pakker

    Nadine Pakker MSc, PhD graduated from the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, in 1993 with Epidemiology as her main subject after having worked for five months as a research fellow on HIV and TB at the National Institute for Medical Research in Mwanza, Tanzania. She started her postgraduate career at the Central Laboratory of the [...]
  • Pascale Ondoa

    Dr Pascale Ondoa is a viro-immunologist with a long experience in the field of HIV. She is currently serving as a senior laboratory scientist at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and development (AIGHD).  Dr Ondoa obtained her medical degree in 1992 from the ‘Centre Universitaire des Sciences de la Santé’ (CUSS)’ in Cameroon and [...]
  • Paul Klatser

    Professor Extraordinary in Biomedical Research for Development at the Free University (Vrije Universiteit) Amsterdam Paul Klatser is head of the KIT Biomedical Research since October 1999 with more than 35 professionals, working before that for the Royal Tropical Institute as project leader since October 1983. He has full-devolved responsibility for the strategy and management of [...]
  • Peter Reiss

    Peter Reiss is Professor of Medicine at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Global Health and the Division of Infectious Diseases. He has also been the Director of the Netherlands HIV Monitoring Foundation since February 2013. Also, he serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards [...]
  • Ragna Boerma

    Ragna Boerma received her medical degree from the University of Amsterdam in 2012. In 2014, she obtained a Master’s degree in global health from the University of Barcelona and the Instituto de Salud Global (ISGlobal) in Barcelona. Ragna is currently working as a PhD student at the AIGHD on the Monitoring of Antiretroviral drug Resistance [...]
  • Raph Hamers

    Raph Hamers is a fellow infectious diseases and clinical immunology at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam, and a post-doctoral research fellow at AIGHD. Raph Hamers trained as a medical doctor and internal medicine resident in the Netherlands. In 2003-2004 he was based at the Universidade Federal de Roraima in Brazil, working [...]
  • Rene Gerrets

    Rene Gerrets (PhD), assistant professor anthropology of global health at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), will contribute to AIGHD efforts aimed at fostering cross-disciplinary collaborations and interventions.  Building on a career in laboratory-based research in cell biology and parasitology, Gerrets studied anthropology at New York University and has since conducted various research projects focusing on [...]
  • Rosan van Zoest

    Rosan van Zoest received her M.D. degree at UMC St. Radboud Nijmegen. She worked as a neurology and neurosurgery resident at the OLVG hospital in Amsterdam. Currently, she is a PhD student at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development. Her research within the AGEhIV Cohort Study focuses on comorbidities in the HIV-infected population, [...]
  • Sabine Hermans

    Sabine Hermans MD, MSc, PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development and Department of Global Health, University of Amsterdam. She is currently based at the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Sabine trained as an internist and infectious diseases specialist in the Netherlands. From [...]
  • Sandra Kik

    Dr. Sandra Kik is a senior epidemiologist with 10 years of experience in tuberculosis (TB) research, in particular in the field of TB diagnostics, vaccines, latent tuberculosis infections and costing of TB diagnostics. She has worked in academic and non-profit organizations as well as in industry. She obtained her PhD from the University of Amsterdam [...]
  • Seth Inzaule

    Seth Inzaule is a PhD fellow at AIGHD. Seth was trained as a biochemist and molecular biologist in Kenya. From 2007 to 2013 he was based as a research scientist in the HIV research laboratory in the Kenya Medical Research Institute collaboration with centers for disease control. In this position he was instrumental in establishing [...]
  • Sonia Boender

    Sonia Boender received her master in Health Science with a specialization in Public Health and Infectious Diseases at the VU University Amsterdam in 2011, and a postgraduate-certificate in International Public Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in 2012 (with distinction). Subsequently Sonia worked as a junior lecturer at the VU University at the [...]
  • Steven van de Vijver

    Since 2011 Steven van de Vijver is the Director of Urban Health at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development. In addition he is involved with clinical work at the Family Medicine Department at the OLVG in Amsterdam and as a Senior Advisor at the Amsterdam Health Technology Institute (ahti). He is still associated [...]
  • Susan van den Hof

    Dr. Susan van den Hof has 20 years of experience in epidemiological research, operations research, and surveillance of infectious diseases. Her PhD (2002) is on sero-epidemiology of measles, mumps and rubella. She currently is the technical lead of the research team at KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, one of the world’s leading technical agencies for tuberculosis control. [...]
  • Tobias Rinke de Wit

    Professor Tobias Rinke de Wit (PhD) is a molecular biologist and public health specialist who served in different functions within the PharmAccess group since its inception in 2001. Currently he is a member of the PharmAccess Medical Team. Tobias performs operational research in the context of various PharmAccess programs, in particular with respect to healthcare [...]