Research areas

  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • QR355 Virology


biostatistics, viral hepatitis, HIV, sexually transmitted infections, psychosocial health

Research interests

As a biostatistician with an infectious disease background, my main research interest involves the application of statistical methods to complex datasets.

I have conducted and analyzed studies primarily on HIV and viral hepatitis co-infection, genetic variability of HBV in individuals living with HIV, HIV and cardiovascular complications, and sexually transmitted infections and sexual behavior.

My current line of research is expanding towards the larger public health implications of viral hepatitis infection. I have been examining ways in which elimination goals for viral hepatitis from the WHO and ECDC can be evaluated in the Netherlands. In collaboration with partners in the United States, France and Côte d'Ivoire, I have also been helping in the development of micro-simulation models in which the impact of earlier HBV treatment and HCC screening can be quantified in sub-Saharan Africa. 

In addition, I have been focusing on closing some of the gaps in knowledge regarding antimicrobial resistance. In collaboration with partners in France, we have been evaluating the sexual transmission of certain bacteria resistant to antibiotics and its potential contribution to their overall spread. We are also developing ways in which antibiotic knowledge can be routinely monitored and improved.

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