Dr. Janneke van de Wijgert
Professor of Infection and Global Health at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
Dr. Janneke van de Wijgert is a translational infectious disease researcher at the Institute of Infection and Global Health of the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. She is educated in medical biology, public health epidemiology and medicine, and has gained professional experience in clinical epidemiological research, laboratory research, and product development. Her research focuses on the role of the human microbiome in health and disease, with an emphasis on the role of the cervicovaginal microbiome in reproductive and neonatal health and disease, and prevention of transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, including evaluation of new prevention technologies and novel rapid diagnostics. Apart from the UK and the Netherlands, Dr. van de Wijgert performs her research in various African countries in which she co-founded three clinical research sites: the UZ-UCSF Women's Health Program in Zimbabwe (1995), Rinda Ubuzima in Rwanda (2004) and Centro de Investigação de Doenças Infecciosas in Mozambique (2008).