PhD Student Interviews

Here you will find all interviews with NCOH PhD students. The One Health PACT PhD-students also belong to the group of NCOH PhD students. They can be found on the website of OHPACT.

Interview: Technician turns PhD student: “Now I am more focused on one subject”

By mapping out genetic information in a family tree Renate Hakse van der Honing will show similarities and differences between Hepatitis E virus subtypes that may be responsible for a more dangerous variant.


Interview: ‘I should have been in Africa right now, catching mosquitoes for my research’

Michelle Schinkel’s PhD research is about the transmission of diseases by mosquitoes. Her ultimate goal is to find an insect-specific virus that inhibits the transmission of malaria and arboviruses to humans.


Interview: ‘Bacteria fascinate me: they are tiny but have enormous impact’

Many studies focus on health and disease from a human, animal or environmental perspective. Kitty Exel realised during her studies that it is important to adopt an integrated approach. “This is why I am excited to study the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, which infects both cattle and humans.”


Interview: ‘Our models could be used for many different infections, including the coronavirus’

In the middle of a global pandemic, Bastiaan van der Roest is working on transmission trees: pathways that show how an infection spreads. The resulting models can potentially be used by policymakers to prevent or extinguish infections.


Interview: ‘I like to uncover what lives where and under which conditions’

Sam Boerlijst has started in track 15 of One Health Pact: Experimental work on effects of global change scenarios on vector population parameters – At LUMC.


Interview: ‘I hope that soon I can continue with my work on Usutu virus’

Tessa Nelemans has started in Track 19 of One Health Pact: Role of host innate immune responses and arbovirus immune evasion in transmissibility, host range and disease outcome – At LUMC.


Interview: ‘Interactions excite me most in ecology’

Tjomme van Mastrigt has started in Track 3 of One Health Pact: Impact of emerging arboviruses on wild bird populations – at NIOO.


OHPACT PhD student working on SARS-CoV-2 vaccine

Joyce van Bree, one of the 26 One Health PACT PhD’s, works at the Laboratory of Virology, Wageningen University & Research.