prof. dr. J.H.H.M. (Janneke) van de Wijgert Full Professor
- Department of Epidemiology
- Julius Center Research Program Infectious Diseases
Janneke van de Wijgert received a MSc in Biomedical Sciences from Utrecht University (1990), a Master in Public Health (1993) and PhD (1997) in Epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley, and a MD degree from Utrecht University (2016; SUMMA program). She worked as a Research/Teaching Assistant and Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of California in San Franciscio (UCSF; 1991-1999; 5 years of which as Director of the UZ-UCSF Women’s Health Program in Harare, Zimbabwe), as Program Associate at the Population Council in New York (1999-2002), and as Assistant/Associate Professor at the Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development, in Amsterdam (2003-2012). Between 1995 and 2004, she co-founded three clinical research centers in Africa. She was appointed Full Professor in the Institute of Infection and Global Health at the University of Liverpool in 2012 and in the Julius Center of the University Medical Center Utrecht in 2017. She currently still divides her time between Utrecht and Liverpool. She has supervised/is supervising multiple PhD, Master’s and Bachelor students, and has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers.
Janneke van de Wijgert’s early research career was focused on HIV, and in particular the role of the cervicovaginal micro-environment in HIV transmission and clinical trials of HIV prevention interventions. She is now expanding her knowledge of the human microbiota and mucosal immunology to other health problems. Her current focus is the role of the human microbiota and immunology in reproductive and neonatal health more broadly, and in chronic inflammatory conditions (for example, within the Infection and Immunity theme of the UMCU). She incorporates ‘-omics’ and other complex biological data into clinical epidemiological models to study associations with clinical outcomes, as well as the effect of interventions.
- Keystone Symposia, Chair of the Organizing Committee: Role of the Genital Tract Microbiome in Sexual and Reproductive Health;
- Associate Editor ‘Microbiome’ and ‘AIDS’;
- Regular peer reviewer for many other journals;
- Regular grant reviewer;
- Regular invited speaker, session chair, or Scientific Advisory Committee member at scientific meetings and conferences.