I completed my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, in 2011, and received my PhD in Comparative Biomedical Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017. Next I became a postdoctoral researcher in the Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-borne diseases from 2017 to 2020, where I studied tick-borne disease prevention in the context of cryptic wildlife reservoirs, backyard ticks and human behavior (using a smartphone applicaiton, the Tick App).
My main interests are the ecology and prevention of zoonotic vector-borne diseases and I approach challenges from a One Health perspective.
In 2020, I received a Wageningen Graduate Schools postdoc talent grant to join the Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology group (QVE) at WUR. Here I will be using Rift Valley fever virus, a zoonotic mosquito-borne virus, as a case study to unravel routes to pathogen persistence and spillover.